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

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

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

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

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.
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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.
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?
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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.
Analysis

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.
Analysis

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.