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Economic troubles overshadow MPs' return to Ottawa

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The Governor of the Bank of Canada, Stephen Poloz, added his voice this week to those who have been warning about the impact of collapsing oil prices on the Canadian economy. He described that impact as "unambiguously negative." How is the government going to react? The Minister of State for Finance, Kevin Sorenson, joins us.

Then, former Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page and the deputy Chief Economist at the Conference Board of Canada, Pedro Antunes, provide a reality check on the state of the economy and its impact on federal coffers.

Economic troubles overshadow MPs' return to Ottawa

Economic troubles overshadow MPs' return to Ottawa
The Governor of the Bank of Canada, Stephen Poloz, added his voice this week to those who have been warning about the impact of collapsing oil prices on the Canadian economy. He described that impact as "unambiguously negative." How is the government going to react? The Minister of State for Finance, Kevin Sorenson, joins us.

Then, former Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page and the deputy Chief Economist at the Conference Board of Canada, Pedro Antunes, provide a reality check on the state of the economy and its impact on federal coffers.

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Is Canada's Iraq mission changing?

Is Canada's Iraq mission changing?
The news that Canadian soldiers were involved in a firefight on the front lines of the conflict Iraq conflict has added fuel to what was already a polarizing debate. Things will only heat up as Canada's 6-month commitment comes to an end and next steps have to be considered. NDP and Liberal Defence critics Jack Harris and Joyce Murray discuss Canada's contribution to the fight against ISIS.

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In House Panel - Jan. 24

In House Panel - Jan. 24
In House panelists Terry Milewski and Tonda McCharles discuss the MPs' return to Parliament. The economy and new security legislation are bound to be the main topics of discussion this week. How will this all play out politically?

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Jason Kenney on oil prices, balance budgets and job losses

Jason Kenney on oil prices, balance budgets and job losses
Collapsing oil prices mean it has become harder for the government to deliver on its promise of a balanced budget. The government has delayed releasing its budget until April, hoping to get a clearer picture of where prices might settle. Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney joins us to talk about how his government plans to weather the current economic storm.

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Tom Mulcair launches his unofficial election campaign

Tom Mulcair launches his unofficial election campaign
Tom Mulcair unofficially launched his election campaign this week in Ottawa. In his words it's "Game On". The NDP leader has shaken up his inner circle and he's heading out on the hustings this spring, but will that be enough to lift his party up from third place in the polls? The Leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair talks about his campaign plans. 

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David Dodge on the risks of delaying the budget and oil prices

David Dodge on the risks of delaying the budget and oil prices
The Bank of Canada warned this week that oil prices may go lower and stay low for an extended period of time. The warning was one among many and prompted the government to delay releasing its budget until April. Former Bank of Canada Governor David Dodge joins us to talk about the government's decision to delay the budget and what low oil prices could do to the Canadian economy over the long term.


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In House Panel - Jan. 17

In House Panel - Jan. 17
No budget until April because of market instability. Meanwhile western leaders continue to deal threats from extremists, foreign radicals and the war against ISIS. In House panelists National Post columnist Tasha Kheiriddin and Ottawa Citizen parliamentary bureau chief Mark Kennedy talk about the politics of security and whether a balanced budget is still in the cards.

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French ambassador discusses Paris attack, aftermath

French ambassador discusses Paris attack, aftermath
This week on The House, France's ambassador to Canada, Philippe Zeller, discusses how his country is dealing with the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead. 

We also talk to Irshad Manji, a Canadian author of The Trouble with Islam Today and Allah Liberty and Love. She has received death threats by radical Muslim groups and has had to travel with security.

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Brad Wall's plan to deal with declining oil prices

Brad Wall's plan to deal with declining oil prices
The rapid decline in oil prices is wreaking havoc on the fiscal plans of several Finance Ministers across the country. How are they adjusting to the new reality? Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall joins us to discuss that and the latest developments in the ongoing Keystone XL saga.

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Kathleen Wynne's long anticipated meeting with the Prime Minister

Kathleen Wynne's long anticipated meeting with the Prime Minister
After months of publicly calling on Stephen Harper to sit down with her, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne finally managed to meet with the Prime Minister this week. What came out of the one-on-one? Premier Wynne joins us with the details, and whether the two leaders have already scheduled another get-together.

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