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The House

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A federal focus on Indigenous relations

On this week’s show: Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada president Rebecca Kudloo discusses Friday’s federal meeting on discrimination against Indigenous people in Canada’s health-care system. Conservative MP Chris d’Entremont examines the ongoing lobster fishery dispute in southwest Nova Scotia. Plus, a panel of MPs debate the opposition’s bid to continue investigating the WE affair and the CBC’s Tanya Fletcher breaks down the B.C. election.

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New restrictions, new challenges

On this week’s show: Brampton mayor Patrick Brown reacts to new pandemic restrictions in parts of Ontario. Then, Procurement Minister Anita Anand discusses Canada’s approval of new COVID-19 rapid tests and preparations for a vaccine. Plus, House of Commons Speaker Anthony Rota explains the challenges of a hybrid Parliament, before EU expert Lutz Guellner issues a warning about COVID-19 disinformation.

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Economic relief for Canadians, Trump's COVID case

On this week's show: Presidential historian Allan Lichtman considers the implications of Donald Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis. Then, Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough details the government's latest economic relief bill, while Conservative MP Karen Vecchio and NDP MP Heather McPherson offer thoughts from their side of the aisle. Plus: a long-term care home nurse shares her second-wave concerns, and The House pays tribute to John Turner.

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Bracing for a second wave

On this week’s show: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh breaks down his deal with the Liberals on paid sick leave, while Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister reacts to the throne speech. Then, as parts of the country experience a second wave of COVID-19, lawyer Kyla Lee shares what it was like to be a younger person with the illness. Plus: three Green leadership candidates outline their plans for the party and two experts debate the merits of nuclear energy.

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Is pharmacare worthy of the throne?

On this week’s show: Two federal party leaders have tested positive for COVID-19, but what does that mean for Parliament’s imminent return? Then, ahead of Wednesday’s throne speech, Dr. Danyaal Raza discusses prioritizing a national pharmacare program. Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan also talks potential plans for green jobs and clean energy programs, and two Green leadership candidates spar over the party’s trajectory. Finally, a philosophy professor breaks down the spread of disinformation during the pandemic.

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A pandemic Parliament puzzle

On this week’s show: Liberal, Conservative and NDP whips spar over safely resuming Parliament and whether MPs could vote remotely. Then, the CBC’s Jacques Poitras previews next week’s election in New Brunswick. Plus, three contenders for the leadership of the federal Green Party outline their vision. And the House looks at balancing the environment and the economy as Canada faces an unsteady recovery from COVID-19.

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Could a Liberal-NDP coalition prevent an election?

On this week’s show: Liberal insider David Herle and NDP national director Anne McGrath talk about a potential coalition between the two parties. Then, Canadian Labour Congress leader Hassan Yussuff discusses what he wants to see from the government’s upcoming throne speech. The House dives into Canada's reckoning with its history and monuments. Finally, Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne talks about Canada’s position on authoritarian regimes around the world.

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School’s in and O’Toole’s win

On this week’s show: Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc talks federal funding to get kids back to school safely. Former leadership hopeful Leslyn Lewis discusses the future of the Conservative Party and her role in it, and two Canadians weigh in on where the party goes from here. Then, retiring Senator Lillian Dyck discusses her legacy and The House looks back at a week of continuing unrest over police brutality in the United States.

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Proroguing in a pandemic

On this week’s show: Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough lays out a plan for a post-CERB world and discusses why the government prorogued Parliament. Plus, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh looks ahead to a fall confidence vote. Also, hear how New Brunswick will pull off a pandemic election, and join the CBC’s Catherine Cullen and Hannah Thibedeau as they set the stage for Sunday’s unveiling of a new Conservative leader.

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Andrew Scheer exits stage right

On this week’s show: Outgoing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer shares advice for his successor days before the leadership race comes to an end. Lisa Raitt, co-chair of the election’s organizing committee, discusses holding a contest amid the pandemic. Plus, hear the latest on the fallout from the WE Charity controversy and listen to two experts debate the merits of a national basic income program as the CERB begins to wind down.

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Moving the needle on a COVID-19 vaccine

On this week's show: Procurement Minister Anita Anand and Vaccine Task Force co-chair Dr. Joanne Langley discuss Canada's work to secure a COVID-19 vaccine. Plus, international trade attorney Dan Ujczo shares his thoughts on new tariffs on Canadian aluminum, while MPs Rob Oliphant and Garnett Genuis discuss what’s next for the Commons committee on Canada-China relations. Then, an Ontario tenant advocate and an Alberta homelessness expert examine how the transition away from CERB could affect people in precarious housing situations.

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Trudeau testifies and Blair reverses course

On this week's show: host Rosemary Barton digs into the WE controversy with MPs on the House of Commons finance committee who pitched questions to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about his connections to the charity organization. Plus, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair explains why he agreed to order a public inquiry into April's mass shooting in Nova Scotia. Then, The House reaches into the archives with interviews dating from the week the PCs and the Canadian Alliance agreed to join forces to become the Conservative Party of Canada.

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Pandemics, party unity and political violence

On this week's show: Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu shares her take on an alarming uptick in COVID-19 cases and the younger Canadians behind the numbers. Plus, Conservative leadership candidate Erin O'Toole outlines his vision for the opposition and responds to concerns about party unity. Then, former Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick addresses the risks posed by extreme political rhetoric in Canada and The House wraps up the week that was in the WE Charity controversy.

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Going green and hacked vaccines?

On this week’s show: A cybersecurity expert explains what a Russian attack on COVID-19 vaccine research means and why Canada is well-poised to face future interference. Plus, two advocates for a green recovery — and a champion of Canada’s oil and gas sector — talk about bouncing back from COVID-19, while a Liberal MP shares why he went outside party lines to take a harsher stance on China. Also on the show, a look back at the Oka Crisis of 1990 from The House archives.

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Could WE take down the government?

On this week’s show: The CBC’s Rosemary Barton and the Toronto Star’s Susan Delacourt weigh in on what the WE Charity controversy means for the Liberal government. Plus, a member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council discusses why he didn't participate in an advisory board for the project. Then, two experts offer their takes on economic recovery; an extremism expert talks about the risk of violence after an armed man breached the gates of Rideau Hall; and Conservative leadership candidate Derek Sloan shares his views on social conservatism and party unity.

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Can Ottawa help provinces reopen schools?

On this week’s show: Education officials and an infectious disease specialist discuss resuming school in September; while Canada's Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen, talks support for parents. Then, MPs weigh in on the Liberal government and the WE Charity parting ways — and next week’s fiscal snapshot. Plus, the CBC’s David Thurton dives into the Green Party's leadership race to replace Elizabeth May, and The House talks to two experts about a Canada-U.S. relationship that remains divided by a restricted border.

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Canada's supply lines and the race to trace COVID-19

On this week’s show: Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland on COVID-19, Canadians detained in China and NAFTA 2.0. Plus, a privacy expert on whether Canada’s federally backed contact-tracing app should be made mandatory, a panel discussion on how the RCMP should respond to growing demands for accountability and justice and a look back to a past story on a national monument in Ottawa honouring LGBT Canadians.

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Beyond politics and policing: Fixing Canada's justice system

This week on The House: Lawyer Danardo Jones talks reforming Canada’s criminal justice system and how change must go far beyond policing. Two international relations experts weigh in on Canada’s United Nations Security Council loss, plus the CBC’s Bartley Kives delivers a report on Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister’s pandemic politics. Also on the show, a debrief on this week’s Conservative leadership debates and an assessment of a COVID-19 crisis among Ontario’s migrant workers.

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Holding politicians to account — on COVID-19 and diversity

This week on The House, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh explains why his party drew the line on supporting the minority Liberal government this week. Then, two experts weigh in on whether Canadians should be concerned about continued government spending with little oversight. Plus, a special look at diversity and inclusion within the ranks of the federal civil service and a conversation about conflicting messaging on COVID-19.

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The pandemic of racism

As Canadians react to the death of George Floyd and the urgent call for racial justice across the United States, The House convenes a panel of three Black Canadian politicians to discuss anti-Black racism in this country: Nova Scotia Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, Quebec Liberal leader Dominique Anglade and Alberta MLA David Shepherd. Plus, Harvard Kennedy School professor and former NAACP president Cornell Brooks says there is a “pandemic of policing” in the United States; Toronto lawyer Leslyn Lewis outlines why she wants to be the next leader of the Conservative Party; and, 30 years later, host Chris Hall revisits the failed Meech Lake Accord with former Ontario premier David Peterson and former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna.

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Same storm, different boat: COVID-19's disproportionate damage

This week on The House, Dr. Kwame McKenzie, a psychiatry professor and CEO of the Wellesley Institute, asks why Canada isn’t doing a better job tracking which ethnic and socioeconomic groups are bearing the biggest burden when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, B.C. Premier John Horgan reflects on taking action on long-term care homes in his province, reopening the Canada-U.S. border, pitching for national sick leave, and potentially opening the door to NHL players; economist Kevin Milligan considers life after CERB, the federal government's income support program that's been a lifeline to millions of Canadians during the pandemic; and McGill University philosopher Daniel Weinstock explores the ethical dilemma facing policy makers as lockdown restrictions ease.

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COVID's next frontier: Contact tracing and the race to find a treatment

This week on The House, ​​​​​​​CBC senior reporter Salimah Shivji outlines the federal government’s pitch to provinces and territories to help them increase COVID-19  testing and contact tracing, and who’s on board. Plus, a leading infectious diseases specialist explains this country’s role in identifying effective treatments to reduce the symptoms and severity of COVID-19 infections; Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne reflects on the pandemic’s effect on Canada's already tense relationship with China; Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, president of the UN General Assembly and a diplomat from Nigeria, highlights some of the challenges facing the international community; and a trio of MPs weighs in on whether it's time for the House of Commons to resume its normal routines.

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Travels and tribulations

This week on The House: CBC reporter Ashley Burke brings you the latest on Air Canada's expected layoffs; Transport Minister Marc Garneau explores what it might take to see Canada’s grounded airline industry take off once again; three tourism operators from across the country open up about a difficult season ahead; CBC Washington correspondent Alex Panetta reveals where Canada has surpassed the U.S. in a concerning statistic; economists Armine Yalnizyan and Philip Cross discuss whether a rising federal deficit poses an urgent concern; and hear part two of senior producer Kristin Nelson's report on Canada's abortion debate, then and now.

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Work in a COVID-19 world

This week on The House, the service and retail sectors are being hit particularly hard by the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has put more than three million Canadians out of work since March. Chris Hall hears from three women who lost their jobs and face uncertain futures. Then, an expert on ageing considers whether it’s time to bring long-term care under the Canada Health Act, a pair of Tories discuss how the Conservative Party of Canada can push its leadership race into the spotlight amidst the pandemic, and New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs explains how his province got it right — and what lies ahead as the Maritime province re-opens. Plus. part of one of senior producer Kristin Nelson’s doc on Canada's abortion debate — then and now.

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The mystery of immunity

On this week's show, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair talks about the Liberal government's ban on assault weapons — and the timing of the announcement. The co-chair of Canada's new COVID-19 Immunity Task Force discusses where we stand on protecting against the virus. Plus, Liberal MP Greg Fergus on representing a Quebec riding near the Ontario border amid re-opening plans, how students are handling the pandemic and the toll of the crisis on Canadians' mental health.

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Mourning in the midst of a pandemic

This week on The House, Nova Scotia Sen. Stan Kutcher joins Chris Hall to talk about the impact of the Nova Scotia shootings — and how people in his province are coping. Then, an Ottawa physician discusses the concept of immunity passports — and their repercussions — as a stepping stone to reopening the economy in the absence of a COVID-19 vaccine. Plus, two political commentators debate whether Question Period is an essential service; Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau explains what’s being done to protect Canada’s food supply amid the pandemic and Canada’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations offers her perspective on the crisis from New York City, including how her past mental health struggles have helped her during this time.

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