FALL FISCAL UPDATE AND KEYSTONE XL DELAY

Bob Rae on the economy and the future of the Liberal Party

Thumbnail image for Rae (Nathan Denette CP).jpgIn the face of global economic uncertainty, finance minister Jim Flaherty confirmed this week that he won't balance the budget until 2015, a year later than the Conservatives promised during the election campaign. This week on The House, Evan Solomon asks interim Liberal leader Bob Rae for his take on Canada's economic situation. And we ask former Ontario Finance Minister Janet Ecker and Canadian Auto Workers union economist Jim Stanford if Jim Flaherty's response is prudent or insufficient?

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Keystone XL decision on hold


Keystone XL (AP PhotoEvan Vucci).jpgThe U.S.  State Department has delayed its decision on the Keystone pipeline project until at least the beginning of 2013. Is the 7 billion dollar project now doomed? And what will be the impact of that decision on Canada's relationship with the U.S.?  We ask former U.S. ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins, who also lobbied on behalf of the project.

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Update on the NATO training mission in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Remembrance (Ryan Remiorz CP).jpgFor the first time in a decade, Canada was not at war on Remembrance Day. But while Canada's combat mission in Afghanistan is over, more than 900 Canadian soldiers are now involved in a NATO training mission that will continue until 2014. We get an update on that mission with the man in charge, Canadian Major-General Michael Day.
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