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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The economy is running hot. So why is Morneau still stepping on the gas?

Bill Morneau's latest economic update is a total write-off. Which is exactly what he intended.

Western allies focus on crisis of leadership at Halifax security forum

For a decade now the Halifax International Security Forum has been a place to discuss the major external threats facing Western democracies and how to counter them. But at this year's gathering, defence leaders said the biggest threats are now coming from within.

Top U.S. general says competition with old foes requires new strategies

America's top soldier says the world is witnessing a return of an open competition between the U.S. and its allies and old adversaries Russia and China.

Trump's trade policies could survive Democratic victory

The resurgence of the Democrats in the U.S. midterms will create new hurdles for the Trump administration, but whether it will affect his trade policy with Canada is unclear.

How the Liberals hope to escape the 'Green Shift' curse in 2019

The Trudeau government is moving ahead with its plan to put a price on carbon emissions. In the process, it's directly taking on federal Conservatives and the four premiers who oppose carbon pricing by promising to give the money back to taxpayers in those provinces.

Pressure mounts on Morneau to boost deduction for capital investments

Wayne Easter answered the phone in the middle of a quick lunch. The chair of the Commons finance committee was in Winnipeg yesterday with other committee members, listening to submissions on what should be in the next federal budget.