Power & Politics




May 29: Ford now considering regional re-opening of Ontario

Power & Politics speaks to Middlesex-London Medical Officer of Health Dr. Chris Mackie about what a regional re-opening strategy could mean for Ontario. Also on the show, Transport Minister Marc Garneau on extending the cruise ship ban, and whether or not airlines will need to reimburse passengers to get federal funding.



May 28: Does Canada deserve a seat on the UN Security Council?

Power & Politics speaks to Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations Marc-André Blanchard about the campaign for one of two non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council that open up next month. Also on the show, New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs on what the new COVID-19 cluster means for his province.



'I was shocked into silence' | Families react to report on Ontario long-term care homes

Cathy Parkes and Michelle van Beusekom react to the Canadian Armed Forces report on the state of five Ontario long-term care homes, and discuss how they would like to see goverments fix the situation.



Military in long-term care homes is 'not sustainable,' says Sajjan

"We will not be able to go that duration … it's just not sustainable," Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said when asked if the military could continue its deployment in long-term care homes until September.



Malcolm Turnbull on Justin Trudeau

Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turbull discusses his relationship with Justin Trudeau and the criticism he levelled against the Canadian prime minister for his role in Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks.



Should Canada show more teeth when it comes to China? | Fmr. Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull

Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull on why Canada needs to take a harder stance on China, and how it might be able to get the upper hand.



May 27: Judge rules extradition process for Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou should proceed

Power & Politics speaks to former Canadian ambassadors to China David Mulroney and Guy Saint-Jacques about what the Meng ruling could mean for Canada's relationship with China. Also on the show, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan on the military's deployment to long-term care homes in Ontario and Quebec.



May 25: Should political parties use the wage subsidy?

Power & Politics speaks to MPs Kevin Lamoureux, Candice Bergen, and Peter Julian about their respective parties' use of the wage subsidy program, as well as the debate surrounding the format of Parliament. Conservative leadership candidate Erin O'Toole discusses the wage subsidy and Canada's relationship with China.



Vancouver mayor calls for federal support for cities

Vancouver mayor Kennedy Stewart says cities across Canada are facing massive revenue shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



Trump's surprise revelation

The CBC's Katie Simpson talks to Power and Politics host Vassy Kapelos about Donald Trump's revelation that he has been taking an unproven drug treatment to prevent COVID-19, despite warnings about the drug from health officials and his own government.



Businesses unable to pay rent face eviction

Landlords and business owners still have questions about the government's commercial rent assistance program.



Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley calls for a public inquiry into the Cargill outbreak

The Cargill meat-processing plant in High River, Alta., has been tied to more than 1,500 cases of COVID-19. Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley says there needs to be a public inquiry.



Calgary man says even his doctor lost hope as he battled COVID-19

Jay Chowdhury spent 47 days in hospital after contracting Covid-19. He spent 16 of those days on a ventilator. 'On the 15th day, the doctor gave up on me,' Chowdhury said.



Why isn't the federal government providing an economic update?

Conservatives are pushing hard for a fiscal update, but the prime minister says the pandemic's pace could quickly make any update moot. The Power Panel debates.



Is it safe for Ontario to begin reopening Tuesday?

Construction projects can resume and many retail stores can reopen, but has the province achieved the testing capacity and contact tracing necessary to do so safely?



Conservative strategists discuss leadership race and Andrew Scheer

Conservative strategists Kory Teneycke and Jenni Byrne discuss the ongoing Conservative leadership race and Andrew Scheer's performance as party caretaker during the pandemic.



Nygard employees racked up $186K in debt a week before receivership, court documents say

Five employees and two top-level executives of Nygard International Partnership are accused of spending nearly $200,000 on corporate credit cards a week before the company went into receivership, according to a receiver's report filed in a Winnipeg court.



'Guidance was definitely given' | Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough

Employment and Workforce Development Minister Carla Qualtrough discusses how emergency benefit claims are processed, as well as when students can expect the CESB in their bank accounts.



Airlines looking for loans to get through COVID-19 crisis

Canada's airlines face a decline of epic proportions because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The lobby group that represents dozens of air carriers is warning that, without immediate support from Ottawa, airlines will fold.



Keeping an eye on their 105-year-old grandmother | Ella Soper & Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown

Ella Soper and Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown discuss the state of long term care in Ontario as it relates to their 105-year-old grandmother.



75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands

Dutch ambassador to Canada marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands.



Feds hit pause on Spartan Bioscience test | Paul Lem

Spartan Bioscience CEO Paul Lem discusses why Health Canada has put pause on his company's COVID-19 rapid DNA test, and how the company is addressing the issue.

Holding China accountable is in Canada's 'moral' and 'strategic' interests, says ex-ambassador

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power says China's actions early on in the pandemic 'absolutely' should be investigated and that holding the regime accountable is in Canada's 'moral' and 'strategic' interests.



Holding China accountable is in Canada's interest, says Samantha Power | Power & Politics

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power tells Power & Politics that China's actions early on in the pandemic should 'absolutely' be investigated.



Charitable sector struggling to stay afloat: Imagine Canada

Imagine Canada president Bruce MacDonald says the sector needs a total of $10 billion in support from government to survive the pandemic.



Immunity task force to address 'hidden iceberg' of COVID-19, says Dr. Naylor

Dr. David Naylor discusses his role on Canada's COVID-19 immunity task force and the questions they will look to answer.



WHO was 'too deferential' to China's COVID-19 data, says Dr. Naylor

Dr. David Naylor said the WHO may have set the response to the COVID-19 back by two to three weeks by showing too much deference to data from China.



Some businesses still not covered by emergency loan program

"I'm wondering why they're forgetting about us," says Sandrine Campeau, who owns a bakery and ice cream shop in Montreal. Despite the federal government's move to expand the eligibility criteria for its emergency loan program, some struggling businesses still don't qualify.