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. Follow him on Twitter: @chrishallcbc

Latest from Chris Hall


It's all about the stats: What politics and baseball have in common

In his final column as host of The House, Chris Hall talks with three political strategists to examine the intersection between two of his favourite subjects: politics and baseball.

Trudeau defends vax mandates, Emergencies Act decision, in interview

Justin Trudeau says people who chose not to be vaccinated against COVID-19 must accept the consequences of those decisions, including lost employment and restricted access to transportation and other services.

Immigration minister says he's working on a faster path to permanence for temporary residents

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser says his government is preparing to create a program that would help to speed up the process of turning newcomers in Canada under temporary permits into permanent residents.

Feds temporarily suspend random arrival testing at Canada's airports

The federal government announced Friday it will end the mandatory randomized arrival testing for incoming travellers at Canada's airports, a move that comes as the U.S. is also signalling it will ease up on some testing requirements.

When it comes to stopping gun violence, it's all about the border, critics say

Critics of the government's proposed new restrictions on firearms in Canada say gun smuggling from the United States remains a key factor in the problem of gun violence in this country.

The Trudeau government isn't using all the tools to protect Canadians from inflation, economist says

The federal government says many of the factors driving inflation are beyond its control, which is true. But one economist says Ottawa isn't doing all it could to mitigate the burden on low-income households.

Canada and the U.S. are looking for 'friendly' trading partners in a perilous world

The war in Ukraine, China's pressure campaign against Taiwan and other threats to international stability have led many countries to attempt to insulate supply chains through friendly countries. Should Canada and the U.S. consider a common approach to trade with autocracies?

U.S. ambassador says he's confident Canada will strengthen its defences in the Arctic

The United States' top diplomat in Ottawa says he’s been assured Canada will follow through this year on crucial investments to modernize its Arctic defence, even though this month’s budget didn’t include money specifically for that work.

As Halifax turns into a housing hot spot, many look to Ottawa for relief

Halifax has become the centre of a housing affordability crisis in Atlantic Canada, and many are hoping that new money from the federal government can help cool down the red-hot market.

With her latest budget, Freeland faces pressure to do more — and a lot less

In her first budget a year ago, Chrystia Freeland told Canadians that there was a risk of doing too little to secure the post-pandemic recovery. As the finance minister prepares to deliver her second financial plan later this week, there's every expectation that she will continue to spend.