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

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.
Analysis

Who's got the election message Canadians want to hear?

As party leaders hone their platforms and messaging ahead of this fall's election, it isn't enough to identify the issues voters care about. The challenge is convincing voters their parties are the best choice in dealing with those same priorities, as a new poll commissioned by CBC News suggests.
Analysis

Why Trudeau's Trans Mountain do-over might need Indigenous investment

That the federal cabinet would (again) approve the proposed expansion of the Trans-Mountain pipeline was never really in any doubt.
Analysis

Impeccable timing turns the fall election into a referendum on pharmacare

Eric Hoskins says the time is right for Canada to create a universal pharmacare system. The timing of his report calling on the federal government to finally do that might not be so bad, either.
Analysis

Justin Trudeau and Mike Pence: unlikely partners in an alliance of necessity

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau showed this week just how far he's willing to go to shore up his relationship with the Trump administration and get the new NAFTA passed - far enough to put him at odds with the Liberals' traditional allies, the Democrats.
Analysis

Why are politicians still terrified of taxing Netflix?

Stephen Harper made it next to impossible heading into the 2015 election for any political party to propose a tax on Netflix, Google and other foreign online services. But two provinces are now charging sales tax on those foreign media companies, suggesting that at least some governments now see the economic benefits outweighing the political risks.
Analysis

In Alberta's election, everybody is 'standing up' to Justin Trudeau

More than most, the current provincial election campaign in Alberta has shaped itself around opposition to the federal government.

Liberals condemn Wilson-Raybould's covertly taped call as they consider fate of 2 ex-ministers

Some Liberal MPs are pushing for an emergency meeting to decide whether Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott should be kicked out of caucus to contain the SNC-Lavalin scandal.
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.
Analysis

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.
Analysis

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.
Analysis

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.
Analysis

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?
Analysis

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.