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.

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Analysis

An unusually eventful budget day sets the stage for the coming election

Bill Morneau’s fourth budget is in the books, and that’s a good thing since he didn’t get a chance to deliver his speech in the Commons on Tuesday because of the din made by Conservative MPs determined to keep the public’s attention on the SNC-Lavalin affair.
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In the SNC-Lavalin affair, everyone seems to be entitled to their own opinions — and facts

Gerald Butts intended his appearance Wednesday before the Commons justice committee to put an end to the SNC-Lavalin controversy that’s engulfed the federal Liberals for the past month. Whether he succeeded is far from clear.
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SNC-Lavalin dispute deepens as Wilson-Raybould testimony at odds with PM's take

After former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould's testimony about "sustained pressure" from the PMO in the SNC-Lavalin case, Canadians now have two dramatically different versions of what happened. Liberal MPs, heading into a crucial re-election campaign, are already choosing sides.
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Singh survives byelection test. Can he shift focus from his leadership to NDP policies?

Singh is now poised to take a seat in the House of Commons so he can begin shifting the discussion away from his embattled leadership to what the NDP intends to champion before the fall general election: affordable housing, pharmacare and real action to combat climate change.

Wilson-Raybould waited more than 2 hours for permission to attend Tuesday's cabinet meeting: sources

Jody Wilson-Raybould spent more than two hours waiting outside the cabinet room on Tuesday while her former colleagues hotly debated her request to address them about the SNC-Lavalin affair.
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The SNC-Lavalin scandal so far: plenty of drama, few facts

Few weeks in federal politics get off to a more theatrical start than this one did - thanks to Jody Wilson-Raybould dropping in on a cabinet meeting and being confirmed as a Commons justice committee witness. But are we any closer to getting to the bottom of the SNC-Lavalin affair?
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Waiting for Wilson-Raybould: A political drama awaits an appearance by its star player

Without Jody Wilson-Raybould's input, the debate over whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office exerted inappropriate influence over the SNC-Lavalin corruption case remains one-sided.
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Canada's in a corner over the Meng Wanzhou case, with no good options

Scarcely 24 hours after U.S. prosecutors sent on the evidence they'd gathered in support of extraditing Meng Wanzhou from Canada to the United States, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland wasn't even trying to put a gloss on the parlous state of Canada-China relations.
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John McCallum's political skills failed both him and Trudeau

Virtually every analyst says McCallum had to go for telling the media, not once but twice this week, that it would be better for Canada if Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou isn't extradited to the United States.

2 arrested in RCMP raids in Kingston, Ont., related to national security probe

The RCMP have arrested two people following raids on two homes in Kingston, Ont., in what officials are calling a national security investigation involving multiple police forces.
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Canada's man in Beijing says Huawei's Meng has 'strong case.' That puts Trudeau in a bind

For weeks now, the Canadian government has argued it is simply following the rule of law in detaining Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on behalf of the U.S. That position took a serious hit Tuesday, when Canada's ambassador to China, John McCallum, said that Meng has a strong case.
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Out in the cold: Canada's year in foreign policy

It's increasingly evident, as 2018 limps to a close, that Canada is more isolated on the world stage now than it has been in decades — thanks in large part to an indifferent neighbour to the south and the rise of isolationist and populist leaders in other parts of the world.

Newly released emails show Trudeau officials struggling to get ahead of Atwal scandal

Senior government officials scrambled to piece together facts and “debunk” an embarrassing narrative last February immediately after news broke that a would-be assassin had been invited to exclusive event on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's official visit to India.

'It's not good': Security report on Trudeau's problem-plagued India trip set to drop Monday

The findings of a special security review into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's much-maligned trip to India early this year will be released Monday.
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For Trudeau and Doug Ford, General Motors' timing could hardly be worse

General Motors’ decision to stop assembling vehicles at its Oshawa plant a year from now was made, for all intents and purposes, by stealth.