The House

Liberal approach to electoral reform under fire

This week on The House, we tackle the government's controversial approach to reforming the electoral system with MPs Mark Holland, Scott Reid and Nathan Cullen. We also talk to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale about this week's international anti-corruption summit and upcoming changes to C-51. Finally, former Prime Minister Paul Martin joins us to discuss his portrait unveiling on Parliament Hill.


Brian Parsons, dying ALS patient and advocate, to have Kanata park in his name

Ottawa city council has voted to rename a park after Brian Parsons, the 49-year-old man dying from ALS who has successfully lobbied for the rights of family members of terminally ill patients.

Forget about balancing the books, PBO forecasts deficit

A changing economy requires a changing outlook, and assistant PBO Mostafa Askari joins The House to give a budget reality check.

Budget bill checks off Conservatives' pre-election 'to-do' list

The Harper government has tabled its budget implementation bill, which once again contains more than just this year's budget measures. The legislation, expected to pass before Parliament rises for the summer, reads like a pre-election must-do list for the Conservatives.

$2.7B employment insurance surplus balanced Joe Oliver's books

Remember 20 years ago, when big surpluses in the employment insurance fund gave the Chrétien government billions in extra federal revenue? For two years only — just until 2017 — those days are back. And it's just enough to nudge Finance Minister Joe Oliver's books into the black in time for this year's election.

Greg Rickford pushes back following B.C. premier's spill response criticism

Under intense criticism from the B.C. premier for what she called the "totally unacceptable" federal response to the toxic spill in Vancouver's English Bay, the government's Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford responded by calling Premier Christy Clark's response "premature."


Complex income tax system costing Canadians: study

It's crunch time for procrastinators across the country, thanks to this Thursday's deadline for filing personal income taxes. But with more than 120 different federal tax credits to claim, experts say it's now become so complicated, you're probably missing out on hundreds of dollars owed to you.
The House

Federal budget 2015: Tom Mulcair, Scott Brison on what they'd do

With a general election fast approaching, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal finance critic Scott Brison go beyond critiquing the Conservatives' federal budget and present their own economic blueprints to host Evan Solomon on CBC Radio's The House.


TFSA limit change takes effect immediately, Ottawa clarifies

Canadians don't need to wait for the budget to be passed before taking advantage of the TFSA changes announced in it, officials at the Canada Revenue Agency and Finance Department said Friday.

Defence budget battle on as Liberals claim spending to hit historical low

Numbers compiled by the federal Liberals suggest spending on the Canadian military will hit a historic low in the coming decade, despite a planned Conservative injection of $11.8 billion starting in 2017.

Canada's honour system vital in age of instant fame, says Governor General

In an age where the Internet can make anyone famous, Canada's official honours system is more important than ever but also needs to catch up with the times, Governor General David Johnston said Thursday in an exclusive interview with The Canadian Press.



Stephen Harper: "That's utterly false" TFSAs will be costly

Prime Minister Stephen Harper disputes criticism of his plan to increase the limits of tax-free savings accounts to $10,000 a year.



Joe Oliver's promises-kept budget. Ignore the sleight of hand

The focus of Tuesday's federal budget was to play up the Conservative record and reinforce the "strong leadership" brand the government hopes to campaign on. But the fine print can tell a different story.

TFSAs, middle class focus of heated question period as Harper defends Oliver

Opposition MPs repeatedly questioned Prime Minister Stephen Harper about Finance Minister Joe Oliver's statement that any government revenue shortfall created decades from now by the tax-free savings account increases in the federal budget would be a matter for Harper's granddaughter to solve.


Jason Kenney says $12B military budget boost a 'huge improvement'

Defence Minister Jason Kenney says the nearly $12 billion boost to the military in Tuesday's federal budget is a "huge improvement" since the Liberal "decade of darkness."



Tom Mulcair presses PM on tax cuts for 'wealthiest few'

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, Prime Minister Stephen Harper battle over the pros and cons of tax-free savings account increases.

Tom Mulcair says 2015 federal budget helps 'wealthy few'

The federal budget benefits "the wealthiest few at the expense of everyone else,” NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said after the Conservatives laid out their 2015 economic plan on Tuesday.


Pierre Poilievre says $900M hit to public servants 'set in stone'

Ottawa MP Pierre Poilievre was a guest on Ottawa Morning Wednesday to discuss what the federal budget will mean for the capital and the public sector, and here's what he had to say.

Justin Trudeau to reveal major economic plank now that fiscal landscape clear

Justin Trudeau is starting to show some of his economic cards now that the Conservative government has laid its election hand on the table.


Federal budget 2015: Conservatives dig into contingency to hit surplus

Finance Minister Joe Oliver has managed to keep the Conservatives' 2011 election promise to return Canada to a surplus in 2015 with a federal budget that has the government spending $1.4 billion less than it takes in – despite a spate of pre-election tax cuts announced last fall.

Federal budget 2015: Watch the speech, read the documents

Watch Finance Minister Joe Oliver's budget speech and replay our budget day live blog, including our chats with CBC's Don Pittis and experts Sahir Khan and Janice McKinnon.



Joe Oliver's budget speech RAW

Finance Minister Joe Oliver delivers his 2015 budget speech in the House of Commons on Tuesday, April 21.

Federal budget 2015: Highlights of Joe Oliver's fiscal plan

Finance Minister Joe Oliver has tabled his first federal budget in the House of Commons. Here's a look at the budget's key themes.

Federal budget 2015: Parliament Hill, security agencies getting more money

Canada's national security agencies will get additional funding under the 2015 federal budget, including more money for security at military bases and for the country's lone intelligence review organization.

Federal budget 2015 Revenue vs. expenses

View an interactive chart showing the federal government's revenues vs. expenses.