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

Decision on Teck oilsands mine coming next week: Jim Carr

The prime minister’s point man for the Prairies said today the fate of the proposed Teck Frontier oilsands mine will be decided next week, setting the table for another potential showdown over an oil and gas project in this country.
Analysis

The march to reconciliation trips over a pipeline

Anti-pipeline protests that started in the B.C. Interior have spread to both coasts, blocking port access and shutting down rail routes. None of this is good for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's quest for Indigenous reconciliation.
Analysis

One step forward, another one back: What the Trans Mountain ruling means for Trudeau

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got the ruling he wanted on the much-delayed Trans Mountain project. It's a win for him in a part of the country where he's widely disliked - and a loss in many of the Indigenous communities where the government has struggled to make progress.
Analysis

It's a new year, Mr. Trudeau. What do you want to do with it?

If there's anything to be said about the Liberal minority government so far, it's this: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his inner circle don't seem to be in a hurry to do much of anything.
Analysis

Chrystia Freeland faced off with Trump and China - but is she ready for Jason Kenney?

Chrystia Freeland's former gig in foreign affairs put her at the heart of international confrontations and crises - an experience she now says helped prepare her to take on the national unity file.
Analysis

Trudeau's cabinet picks seem designed to project stability, seriousness

Everything about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's new cabinet lineup seems calculated to present an image of continuity and experience - and to cope with the government's electoral failures in the West.
Analysis

Scheer meets the caucus today. Will it be a hero's welcome - or a moment of reckoning?

For the first time since the Oct. 21 election, Andrew Scheer meets his caucus today — looking for a second chance.
Analysis

Get ready for an unruly House of Commons divided along regional fault lines

Any politician will tell you that winning is far preferable to the alternative. But winning the way Justin Trudeau's Liberals have - with a minority mandate and a deeply divided country - may end up feeling a little like losing.
Analysis

New leader Blanchet steering Bloc back to relevance in Quebec

Polls suggest the Bloc Quebecois is poised to make significant gains on election day. And much of the credit if that happens will go to Yves-Francois Blanchet, the leader who only took over the party this year.
Analysis

Trudeau and Scheer trade barbs but make few points

It was just as well that Andrew Scheer and Justin Trudeau wound up next to each other in last night’s leaders’ debate because it became clear, right from the opening exchange, that each one intended to undermine the other.
Analysis

For Trudeau and Scheer, tonight's French debate offers opportunity — and risks

Justin Trudeau steps on stage tonight for his first leaders' debate of the 2019 election — and a date with voters who may end up playing an outsized role in deciding whether he stays in power.
Analysis

Bernier's in — and the federal election debates just got less predictable

The stage is set for Maxime Bernier. His challenge now is to perform.
Analysis

Boldly looking backward: How Day 1 of the 2019 campaign was all about the past

For a guy whose campaign motto is "Choose Forward," Justin Trudeau sure spent a lot of time dwelling on the past as he kicked off his re-election campaign today.
Analysis

Why did Ottawa fail to defend its Trans Mountain process in court? Blame politics

Six of 12 appeals of the Trans Mountain pipeline extension project have been cleared to go ahead - largely because the federal government declined a chance to defend its consultation process in court. The reasons might be obvious.

Conservatives offer media outlets cheaper access to Andrew Scheer's campaign tour

The Conservative Party is offering media organizations the opportunity to cover party leader Andrew Scheer’s campaign this fall at a dramatically reduced price — a little less for the entire election period than what the party charged for two weeks in 2015.