Chris Hall

National Affairs Editor

Chris Hall is the CBC's National Affairs Editor and host of The House on CBC Radio, based in the Parliamentary Bureau in Ottawa. He began his reporting career with the Ottawa Citizen, before moving to CBC Radio in 1992, where he worked as a national radio reporter in Toronto, Halifax and St. John's. He returned to Ottawa and the Hill in 1998.

Latest from Chris Hall

Facebook's action in Australia 'proves' the need for regulation, says Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault says he’s not expecting pushback from Facebook as he moves ahead with proposed legislation that would force the company and other global online giants to pay Canadian news agencies for the content they use.

Chrystia Freeland isn't short of advice as she crafts first budget as finance minister

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland has been given two basic choices in the lead up to her budget this spring: pay now and pay later.

Most at risk, first in line: Public health experts say racialized Canadians should be prioritized for vaccines

Two public health experts in Toronto say governments must give priority to vaccinating Black Canadians and other people of colour against COVID-19 because the data shows they are most at risk of contracting the virus.

As vaccine deliveries lag, opposition MPs demand more than shots in the dark

Innovation Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is pushing back against calls for Ottawa to release the contracts it signed with coronavirus vaccine makers amid lingering concerns over delays in delivery.

No refuge in the time of COVID: Iraqi family waits for Canada to reschedule asylum interview

If one thing has become clear during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that there's no refuge from the virus in Canada or around the world — and that includes those who are trying to find safety in this country as refugees. 

It's time to let Keystone XL go, ambassador says

Canada’s ambassador to the United States says there’s no chance of President Joe Biden walking back his decision to kill the Keystone XL pipeline — so she’s turning her attention to other pressing bilateral issues.

Emergence of new strain could cause Ontario's COVID caseload to explode, doctor warns

A top doctor on Ontario's COVID-19 scientific advisory committee says the province could easily face up to 40,000 new cases each day by the end of February if a new virus variant that originated in the U.K. takes hold.

When 'hell broke loose': congresswoman describes moments of terror during Capitol riot

Susan Wild doesn't remember how she wound up on the floor in the gallery of the House of Representatives, or what was going through her mind as she heard the sounds of rioters trying to break through the barricaded doors.

Checkpoints, Zoom calls and parental guilt made 2020 a year like no other for MPs

The COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on so many Canadians this year through job losses, business closures and forced separations from family and friends. Those challenges were felt also by the federal politicians who tried to serve their constituents remotely, and who had to self-isolate each and every time they returned home from Ottawa.

Vaccines alone won't be enough to lift pandemic measures quickly, doctor warns

The co-chair of the task force studying COVID-19 immunity is warning that the arrival of vaccines in Canada doesn't guarantee protection against the virus, or signal that peoples' lives will soon return to normal.