Brazilian spying case highlights need for more oversight


How exactly did Canada end up at the centre of an international espionage scandal? And what could be the consequences of the revelations that Canada has been spying on Brazil? This week on The House, Evan Solomon asks Rubens Barbosa, a former Brazilian ambassador to the United States, for his take. Then, intelligence services expert Wesley Wark discusses whether Canada's spying activities should be under more scrutiny.
The Canada Job Grant has put Ottawa and the provinces on a collision course over skills training. Jason Kenney is the federal minister responsible for the file. He says he's willing to listen to the Premiers' input, and that he'll be flexible... but that if the provinces don't get on board, they can say goodbye to some federal dollars. Kenney also gives us a hint as to what will be in next week's Speech from the Throne.

What should you expect? House panelist Chris Hall and Tasha Kheiriddin discuss what kind of agenda the federal government is expected to present next week, and whether that renewed focus can help Stephen Harper's troops move past ongoing controversies, including the ongoing Senate scandal.

Hundreds of ideas to fix Parliament Hill came in, and we've tried to pick the best, most original ones. House contributor Kady O'Malley helps us go over our winner's suggestions. And you can vote for your favorite idea right here!



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