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Challenging the law

A marijuana executive plans to fight the country's new drug-impaired driving rules. How will the new laws hold up? Vassy asks the B.C. Solicitor General. Plus, new Canadian steel safeguards anger Mexico. And Trudeau comments on Jamal Khashoggi's assassination.

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Duty to consult?

Constitutional law expert Errol Mendes weighs in on the Supreme Court's ruling on the government's duty to consult First Nations before introducing new legislation. The Washington Post's Aaron Blake discusses Kanye West's visit to the White House and the continued fallout from Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance. Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association, whether Canada could benefit from a U.S.-China trade war. Plus, the Power Panel talks new steel safeguards and the U.S. border.

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Cannabis countdown

Canada is one week out from legalization. Is Canada really ready for this new era? We hear from MPs, a senior policy analyst with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, and, of course, the Power Panel. Plus, the authors of a new report on why they're calling on Canada to grow its trade with China.

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'Two bad options'

Former senior CSIS analyst Jessica Davis on Canadian ISIS fighter Muhammad Ali. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer on India, climate change. Plus, the Power Panel weighs in on Ali, Scheer, and Stephen Harper's new book.

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Marijuana growing pains and Russian cyberattacks

Are pot suppliers ready for demand come Oct. 17? Plus: the COO of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports on being targeted by Russian hackers, and Stephen Harper's former trade adviser Adam Taylor on the USMCA.

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Manitoba's carbon defiance and Russia's brazen attacks

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister on backing out of a carbon tax. Plus: the head of Canada's new cyber-security centre on Russian cyberattack allegations.

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'From a father to a father'

Tori Stafford's father, Rodney Stafford, on the transfer of his daughter's killer to a healing lodge. Mary Campbell, former director general of criminal justice with Public Safety, on the government's powers when it comes to individual cases. Plus, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi and Chief of the Coldwater Indian Band Lee Spahan on the government plan for Trans Mountain.

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Trump card on China, and LNG gets the green light

Is a trade deal with China off the table thanks to the new USMCA? Trade Diversification Min. Jim Carr is here. Plus: Andrew Weaver on the LNG deal, Eric digs into the stunning Quebec election results, and the U.S. ambassador to NATO veers off Trump's script.

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New NAFTA deal

Canada, the U.S. and Mexico secured a new trade deal Sunday night. Was it a win for Canada? On today's pod: Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton, opposition MPs Dean Allison and Tracey Ramsey, former premiers Christy Clark, Bob Rae and Jean Charest, Ontario Trade Minister Jim Wilson and the Power Panel - Yolande James, Brad Lavigne, Rachel Curran and Marie Vastel.

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N.B power play and NAFTA uncertainty

Canada looks set to miss the U.S. NAFTA deadline - Katie Simpson and the Power Panel weigh in. Plus, an N.B. power play and the latest on the Kavanaugh confirmation saga.

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Kavanaugh and his accuser testify

Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have both testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. The Power Panel and two American journalists weigh in with their analysis.

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Trump's stunning press conference

It was always going to be spectacular - but at times it was stunning. U.S. President Donald Trump stood before a packed room of reporters and fielded questions for more than 80 minutes today. He covered a lot of ground - from the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh to his plans for North Korea and Iran. The Power Panel and former Senior State Department Official Thomas Countryman break it down on today's pod.

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New Brunswick political deadlock and Trump, Trudeau at UN

New Brunswick's PC leader Blaine Higgs on what's next in the province's election limbo. Plus: the Power Panel on "unparliamentary language" in Question Period today, and Trump and Trudeau avoid trade tension at the UN.

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Pitching Canada to the UN

The latest on the tornado that ripped through Ottawa and parts of Quebec. Plus: Ont. Liberal finance critic Mitzi Hunter on Ontario's finance probe, and former ambassador to the UN Paul Heinbecker on what's happening behind-the-scenes as Canada campaigns for a seat at the UN Security Council.

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Pipeline review redo

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi on the new review of the Trans Mountain pipeline, MPs respond. Plus, Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli on his province's deficit.

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Slow and tense

International Trade Minister Jim Carr on the state of NAFTA talks. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna from the G7 environment summit. Plus, Canada's Amb. to the UN on Canada's quest for a seat at the UN Security Council.

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'Step it up'

Ontario Trade Minister Jim Wilson on NAFTA talks. Trade Analyst Simon Lester discusses warnings from U.S. lawmakers. Plus, Ford gets a win in his quest to shrink Toronto city council; two councillors weigh in.

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New NAFTA threats and a border buzzkill

Katie Simpson and a former U.S. diplomat walk us through the latest NAFTA threats facing Canada. Plus: Min. Dominic LeBlanc on breaching the ethics rules, and B.C. Solicitor-General Mike Farnsworth on legal pot and the border.

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The House is back!

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and the newest member of his caucus, former Liberal MP Leona Alleslev on her dramatic floor-crossing. Plus: Bill Blair on the one-month countdown to pot legalization.

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Feel the Bern; NAFTA or 'Shaftya'?

Quebec MP Maxime Bernier discusses the official launch his new party. Plus, Derek Burney has a "new name" for NAFTA and Aaron Blake digs into Paul Manafort's guilty plea.

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Premiers' League and a reboot for the NDP

Former premiers Christy Clark, Brad Wall and Jean Charest weigh in on Ontario Premier Doug Ford's use of the notwithstanding clause. Plus: NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, Toronto Mayor John Tory and Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.

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Chaos at Queen's Park and 400 days to go!

Premier Doug Ford's parliamentary assistant Stephen Lecce on invoking the notwithstanding clause, and it's 400 days until the 2019 election - as the Liberals and NDP gather for caucus meetings, are the parties ready?

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A constitutional quagmire

Doug Ford's plan to use the notwithstanding clause has sparked a fierce debate in Canadian politics. Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman and Halifax Mayor Mike Savage discuss. Plus, the Power Panel and University of Regina Professor Emeritus John Whyte weigh in.

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Doug Ford says he will invoke the notwithstanding clause to shrink the size of Toronto city council. Why? Ontario Municipalities Minister Steve Clark discusses before Toronto city councillors Josh Matlow and Justin Di Ciano go toe-to-toe over the issue. Then University of Ottawa law professor Errol Mendes and the Power Panel weigh in.

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Failure to launch

For a second week in a row, NAFTA talks concluded without a deal. How much longer can talks drag on? John Weekes and Adam Taylor weigh in. Plus, Obama jumps back into the political spotlight and MPs discuss Trans Mountain and the duty to consult Indigenous people.

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Access denied and the Wild West Wing

68 former NDP MPs and MLAs sign a letter criticizing Jagmeet Singh's handling of the complaints against Erin Weir. Plus: political fallout in D.C. after a bombshell anonymous op-ed goes live, Rachel Notley on her TMX meeting with Trudeau, and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson on the opioid crisis in B.C.

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NAFTA talks resume and Trump resistance bombshell

Power & Politics looks at Canada's red lines on NAFTA as talks restart, and the New York Times' Ken Vogel walks us through his paper's unprecedented anonymous op-ed detailing an inner White House resistance movement.

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Request denied

An opposition bid to grill the Prime Minister's team on pipelines is blocked. Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi discusses. Plus, Derek Burney on NAFTA talks and why he says Canada shouldn't budge on Chapter 19.

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P&P Power Lunch with Governor General Julie Payette

Power & Politics kicks off its fall season with Power Lunch - and our first guest is Governor General Julie Payette. Find out why she's not apologizing for her thoughts on global warming, the legacy she hopes to leave as GG, and the most popular Canadian food amongst astronauts in space.

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No deal and no pipeline

After days of talks, Canada failed to reach an agreement with the U.S. on NAFTA. What happens next? Laura Dawson weighs in. Plus, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic Leblanc on Trans Mountain.

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Put a plug in it

The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is in limbo after a court rejected Ottawa's approval of the project. What happens next? Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Plus, Squamish Nation council member and spokesperson Khelsilem Rivers.

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Don't you dairy

Trudeau says he'll defend supply management in Canada, but will he ultimately be forced to make concessions to Trump? Former Quebec Premier Jean Charest weighs in. Plus, Minister Bill Blair on guns, drugs and border security.

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Crunch time for Canada

Mexico's ambassador to Canada and former U.S. Trade Representative and original NAFTA negotiator Carla Hills discuss Mexico's deal with the United States and its ramifications for Canada. Plus: the Power Panel analyzes the repercussions for Jagmeet Singh as another NDP incumbent announces she won't be running for re-election in 2019.

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Canada left behind?

Mexico and the U.S. reached a preliminary trade deal - is Canada getting left behind? Chair of the Canada-U.S. Cabinet Committee Marc Garneau discusses. Laura Dawson weighs in. Plus, Bob Rae discusses a new UN report that says top military figures in that country should face genocide charges.

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Special: Conservative Party Convention

P&P was in Halifax today, where three thousand Conservatives from across the country gathered for their pre-election policy convention. The timing wasn't ideal. Just yesterday, former leadership candidate Maxime Bernier quit the party - raising fears of a possible split. Today, high-profile Conservatives did their best to downplay those fears. But questions remain. Could Bernier's future party split the vote in 2019? Are the Tories really unified? Conservative Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt weighed in. But first - the man at the centre of the chaos - Maxime Bernier joined Vassy Kapelos from Ottawa to discuss why he left the party.

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'Intellectually and morally corrupt'

Maxime Bernier announced today that he is walking away from the Conservative party to start his own party. Could it divide the vote in 2019? Party Whip Mark Strahl weighs in before the power panel takes a crack at it. Plus, former Mexican congressman Agustin Barrios Gomez on the state of play in NAFTA talks.

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Nothing to see here

U.S. President Donald Trump insists he's done nothing wrong, despite being implicated by his former lawyer in a federal crime. How might this all unfold? Former U.S federal prosecutor John Flannery and former U.S. independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin weigh in. Plus, the power panel digs into Maxime Bernier's latest tweets.

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Lottery no more

The government is scrapping the family reunification lottery system. Why? Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen discusses. Plus, the power panel weighs in on the Trudeau-heckler incident.

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Rewarding the rich?

Most CRA auditors polled say Canada's tax system is skewed to protect the wealthy. PIPSC President Debi Daviau weighs in. Plus, ITK President Natan Obed.

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'He doesn't speak for the party'

Andrew Scheer says Maxime Bernier doesn't speak for the party. But are Bernier's tweets affecting the Conservatives? Alberta MP Deepak Obhrai weighs in. Plus, are millennials facing a housing crisis?

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A holiday for reflection

Canada is getting a new statutory holiday to remember and reflect on the tragic legacy of the residential school system. How significant a step is it? AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde weighs in. Plus, Khadija Cajee, a parent of a no-fly list kid, discusses the government's progress on the promised redress system.

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Ready. Set. Safeguard?

The federal government is readying emergency measures to protect Canada's steel industry. But could they help one industry, while hurting another? The Canadian Coalition for Construction Steel's Walter Koppelaar and Canadian Labour Congress' Angella MacEwan discuss. Plus, Quebec's chief NAFTA negotiator weighs in on the state of negotiations.

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Ontario reverses course on pot plan

Ontario to allow private retailers to sell cannabis, but not on day 1 of legalization. Ontario AG Caroline Mulroney discusses. Plus, NYT's Kenneth Vogel on the latest political news unfolding south of the border.

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Standing up or standing alone?

Former White House Director for Global Engagement Brett Bruen on why Canada appears to be standing alone in its spat with Saudi Arabia. Plus, retiring Senator Anne Cools.

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Betting on Burnaby

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh on why he chose to run for a seat in Burnaby, B.C.. Plus, the Prime Minister's special adviser on LGBT issues Randy Boissonnault.

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This Saudi thing isn't going away.

But what will be the long-term fallout? Foreign Affairs parliamentary secretary Omar Alghabra and former foreign affairs minister Peter MacKay both offer their perspective on the diplomatic dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia. Then, Eric Grenier looks at just how safe a seat the riding of Burnaby South is - or isn't - for NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.

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One tweet. Unravelling relations.

Shuvaloy Majumdar and Thomas Juneau debate the Canada-Saudi Arabia diplomatic row. Plus, Ontario minister for consumer services on buck-a-beer and federal social development minister on housing asylum seekers.

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Trust in Scheer?

A new poll by the Angus Reid Institute suggests that Justin Trudeau's Liberals are losing the political debate over the issue of asylum seekers. Why? We talk to Border Security Minister Bill Blair and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Plus, the Canadian Commander of the Mali mission discusses why we're there and what we hope to accomplish. And the Power Panel talks asylum seekers and the week that was in Ontario politics.

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Phillips vs. Phillips and election meddling 2.0

Ontario's Environment Minister Rod Phillips explains why the province is fighting the federal carbon tax. Then, Alberta's Environment Minister Shannon Phillips offers a rebuttal.

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Carbon plan scale back

The Liberal government is scaling back on part of its carbon pricing plan. Is it a win for the plan's detractors? Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe weighs in. Plus, experts weigh in on a potential handgun ban.

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Phoenix failure an 'international embarrassment'

A new Senate report issued a scathing critique of the government's handling of the Phoenix pay system debacle. Parliamentary Secretary Steve MacKinnon responds before Senator André Pratte weighs in. Plus, Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent on his 2018 report card and CBC's Eric Grenier on the latest fundraising numbers.

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Ford divides Toronto, Trump changes his tone on Iran

Ontario Premier Doug Ford's plan to shrink Toronto City Council has divided the city. Two city councillors debate. Plus, the Washington Post's Aaron Blake discusses Trump's changing tone on Iran. And the Power Panel weighs in on both issues.

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Ford takes a swipe at Toronto and Ontario school boards fight back

Ont. Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark on Doug Ford's decision to slash the number of Toronto city councillors. Was this a vendetta? Plus: Ontario school boards speak out on sex-ed and former supreme court chief justice Beverley McLachlin on life after serving on the Canada's highest court.

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AFN's new chief and Newfoundland bets big on oil

National Chief Perry Bellegarde on his controversial second term win. Was his victory tainted? Plus: Newfoundland Premier Dwight Ball, and the Power Panel tackles Ontario's $200 million price tag for housing asylum seekers.

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BONUS: Power Panel afterhours

Woot, woot! A P&P Thursday surprise. The Power Panel stuck around after the show with Vassy to take your questions on immigration and asylum seekers - the BIG political news story heating up this summer for politicians.

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Ontario pulls out and Trump claims concessions from EU

Ontario's Environment Min. Rod Phillips explains why his government is scrapping cap-and-trade and what he plans to do if emitters sue the province. Plus: former CSIS analyst Phil Gurski on ISIS and the Danforth shooting and Trump meets with the EU's Juncker.

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Renewed gun debate and asylum influx

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale tells Vassy what he knows so far about the Toronto shooter. Plus: Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen on the emergency meeting on irregular border crossings, and the Washington Post's Aaron Blake breaks down the political implications of Trump's $12-billion bailout for farmers affected by his trade disputes.

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Attack on the Danforth and pipeline still for sale

Toronto-Danforth MP Julie Dabrousin on the deadly shooting. Plus: the new Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi on missing the deadline to find a buyer for the Trans Mountain pipeline.

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NAFTA in limbo and web warfare

Canada's ambassador to the U.S. hopes NAFTA talks will resume in the next few weeks. Plus: P&P convenes the Premiers' League with former premiers Christy Clark and Darrell Dexter.

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Saskatchewan and Ontario team up on carbon fight

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe on his alliance with Doug Ford to fight the federal carbon tax plan. Plus: Ontario's Economic Development minister on the message he's bringing to Washington.

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Summer shuffle

P&P gives you all the analysis of the Prime Minister's summer cabinet shuffle. Plus: the new Minister of Border Security Bill Blair, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna on the carbon tax, and Trump's latest word mix-up.

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Cooked books and double negatives

Donald Trump says he misspoke when he sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the issue of U.S. election meddling. He said the misunderstanding is down to his use of a double negative...we'll ask the Power Panel if anyone's buying it. Ontario's new P.C. government has launched an inquiry into the previous government's spending. Doug Ford says the Liberals "cooked the books." Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli joins P&P to discuss. And Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister talks to Katie about what he's doing to drop interprovincial trade barriers ahead of the premiers meeting in New Brunswick.

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