Tragedy in L'Isle-Verte raises questions on seniors' homes standards


This week on The House, tragedy strikes the small Quebec town of L'Isle-Verte after a fire ripped through a seniors' home, leaving many dead and families in mourning. Why weren't there sprinklers in all parts of the building? Do seniors' homes require national safety standards? Quebec Public Security Minister Stéphane Bergeron joins us.

Last summer's train derailment in Lac-Mégantic triggered a national conversation about rail safety. Now, the Chair of the Transportation Safety Board, Wendy Tadros, has issued a series of recommendations to avoid future accidents, but how quickly does the government need to act?

U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union Address on Tuesday. What should Canadians be paying attention to? Plus is the Canadian government sending mixed messages when it comes to the Keystone XL pipelines? We ask the Canadian Ambassador to the United States, Gary Doer.

Abacus Data Chairman Bruce Anderson has brand new numbers on the federal party leaders. How well do Canadians think Stephen Harper is doing as Prime Minister, and how well do they think Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau would perform? The results might surprise you.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper spent the week in the Middle East, how did his first trip to Israel go? In House panelists, CBC National Affairs Editor Chris Hall and National Post/iPolitics columnist Tasha Kheiriddin debate how effective the Prime Minister's trip was, and what they're expecting when MPs return to Ottawa on Monday.


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