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The House

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The House: Budget, interrupted

This week on The House, we talk to Finance Minister Bill Morneau about his pre-election budget. We'll also get reaction from stakeholders in skills, education and housing sectors. And, while the Liberal caucus is in disarray, we ask MP Judy Sgro for her thoughts on Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott. Plus, with an election underway in Alberta, how will the issues in that province reflect on the nation? We talk to Rona Ambrose.

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Midweek podcast: The Liberals' election year budget

This week on the midweek podcast, Chris Hall sits down with CBC's finance reporters and the Parliamentary Bureau chief to break down the initial winners and losers of Tuesday's budget.

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New Zealand attacks and Tuesday's big budget

This week on The House, guest host Vassy Kapelos explores the power of political reaction to atrocities like the Christchurch mosque shootings with Ihsaan Gardee of the National Council of Canadian Muslims. Then, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu and our panel of journalists are here to look ahead to Tuesday's federal budget.

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Midweek podcast: Tina Fontaine's legacy and Indigneous child welfare

Guest host Vassy Kapelos talks to Toronto Star columnist Tanya Talaga about the report out this week on the factors leading to 14-year-old Tina Fontaine's death in 2014, and how the federal government's Indigenous child welfare bill must seize the opportunity to prevent cases like Tina's from happening again.

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Is there a way out of the SNC-Lavalin crisis for the Liberals?

How badly has the SNC-Lavalin controversy shaken Trudeau and the PMO off their pre-election course? Host David Cochrane talks to a cabinet minister, the Liberal caucus chair and two political strategists about mapping a way forward. Plus: Nurses react to a proposed pharmacare plan, and the NDP's Nathan Cullen on his post-Hill future.

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Midweek podcast: The other side of the SNC-Lavalin affair

In the wake of testimony from the prime minister's former right hand man Gerald Butts and new information from Michael Wernick, clerk of the privy council, Chris Hall sits down with Peter Donolo, director of communications for former prime minister Jean Chretien, for his take on the SNC-Lavalin scandal and what should happen next.

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The House: Illegal versus inappropriate in the SNC-Lavalin case

This week on The House, we ask former justice minister and attorney general Irwin Cotler about the duality of that role and what Jody Wilson-Raybould's testimony means for the SNC-Lavalin affair. We turn our attention out west for an update on Trans Mountain and Bill C-69 from Alberta premier Rachel Notley and finally ask Ontario's health minister about their health care system overhaul.

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Midweek podcast: Jody Wilson-Raybould speaks her truth

On today's midweek podcast, three members of the Commons justice committee - Liberal Randy Boissonnault, Conservative Lisa Raitt and New Democrat Murray Rankin - join Chris Hall to talk about what Jody Wilson-Raybould's testimony means for Canada, especially in an election year. We also ask a legal ethics expert about the broader implications.

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The House: Mixed reviews for the new Trans Mountain report

This week on The House, we ask fisheries and oceans minister Jonathan Wilkinson about the new NEB report on the environmental impact of the Trans Mountain pipeline. We also break down the latest on the SNC-Lavalin affair with two legal experts. Finally, we get an update on those U.S. tariffs from Minister Marc Garneau.

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Midweek podcast: How is the Liberal caucus dealing with the SNC-Lavalin affair?

This week, we talk to Liberal caucus chair Francis Scarpaleggia about what effect the SNC-Lavalin controversy involving the PMO and former attorney general is having on his party's caucus, and what the tone is like behind closed doors.

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The House: A crisis of political proportions

The week on The House, the SNC-Lavalin crisis takes centre stage. We talk with Minister Carla Qualtrough about the resignation of Jody Wilson-Raybould and the challenge ahead for the government. Kukpi7 Judy Wilson of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs discusses a letter they wrote to the Prime Minister that condemned what they called racist and sexist comments about the former minister. And we speak with an environmental lawyer who represented one of the intervenors in the Saskatchewan's court challenge to the federal carbon plan.

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Midweek podcast: Can political parties come together to discuss the SNC-Lavalin scandal?

A week after news broke about the scandal that cost Justin Trudeau one of his most prominent female cabinet ministers, members of the Justice Committee convened for an emergency meeting to discuss whether to accept an opposition motion to have a number of government officials testify. What did the committee accomplish? The Chair of the Justice Committee, Anthony Housefather, the NDPs' Nathan Cullen and Conservative Michael Cooper join Chris Hall.

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The House: Allegations of a political cover up

This week on The House, Justice Minister David Lametti joins us to discuss a new report that suggests his predecessor was pressured by the Prime Minister's Office to intervene in the criminal case against SNC-Lavalin, as well as the extradition case of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. Also New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs discusses why he doesn't agree with Prime Minister JustinTrudeau's carbon plan, and why he wants the Energy East project to be resurrected.

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Midweek podcast: With tariffs on the table, where does the Canada-U.S. relation stand?

This week on The House midweek podcast, we talk to the CEO of the Canadian-American Business Council Maryscott Greenwood about Donald Trump's mention of Canada and trade in his State of the Union address - and what that means for the bi-lateral relationship. We also pay tribute to former MP Paul Dewar, who died on Wednesday.

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Democracy in danger and the battleground B.C.

How will the government's plan to fight fake news ensure the 2019 election is free from interference? The Minister of Democratic Institutions Karina Gould is here, then disinformation specialist Marcus Kolga shares his analysis of the strategy. Plus: as British Columbia shapes up to be a battleground in 2019, we look at the federal implications of a provincial byelection this week, and former senior diplomat and G7 sherpa Peter Boehm discusses Canada's role in the Venezuela crisis

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Midweek podcast: Obama speechwriter on the playbook of populism

On The House midweek podcast, Sarada Peri, former senior speechwriter to Obama, and Ryerson Leadership Lab's Karim Bardeesy discuss safeguarding democracy in the face of election interference and the playbook of populism. Then, former diplomat James Trottier, who led four Canadian diplomatic missions to North Korea, analyses the differing opinions between a U.S. intelligence assessment on the country's nuclear arsenal and Donald Trump's assertions.

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The House is back: what to watch for starting Monday

MPs are back in Ottawa Monday for the final push before the fall election. What should the government be looking to achieve? What arrows do the Opposition parties have in their quivers? Politicos David Herle and Jaime Watt have advised government and opposition, and share their strategies in this special episode.

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Terror probe in Kingston

National security expert Leah West discusses the thwarted terror plot in Kingston, and the city's mayor tells Chris how the case is affecting his community. Plus: Japan's ambassador to Canada urges closer ties with his nation as Canada's dispute with China continues, and Chris visits the Library and Archives of Canada to see a book that was previously owned by Adolf Hitler to hear why the library is adding the "blueprint for genocide in North America" to its collection.

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Midweek pod: Did the ambassador's China comments cross the line?

Canada's ambassador to China John McCallum says the Huawei executive arrested in Vancouver at the request of the United States has a strong case to fight extradition. We ask lawyer Donald Bayne if McCallum has a legal argument. Plus: should Canadian companies be held to account for human rights abuses in operations abroad?

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Feds not letting go of pipeline just yet

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Ottawa is likely to own the Trans Mountain pipeline past the next election, while a B.C. chief gets serious about his pitch to buy it. Plus: the new minister for rural economic development talks connectivity in Canada, and MPs debrief us on the closed door meeting with the ambassador to China.

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May Day in the U.K.

On the midweek podcast, Chris talks to the former Canadian High Commissioner to the U.K., Jim Wright, about what's next for Brexit. Then, Liberal MP John McKay discusses his private member's bill that would stop Canada from importing goods produced by modern slavery.

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The Brexit brink and a Green '19

This week on The House, Britain's High Commissioner looks ahead to Tuesday's critical Brexit vote and what a no-deal Brexit would mean for Canada. Then, Elizabeth May joins Chris to talk Green Party strategy as she hopes to capitalize on provincial momentum in this fall's federal election. Plus, the In House panel discusses January 'House cleaning' as Trudeau prepares for a cabinet shuffle.

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Midweek podcast: The politics of anger

Politics has always been a blood sport, but is it getting nastier than ever? As a federal election year kicks off, The House looks at why anger and fear are becoming dominating forces in politics, protests and discourse, with former political strategist and senator Hugh Segal.

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A busy new year in politics

This week on The House, we look ahead into 2019. With a federal election on the horizon, the unofficial campaigning will begin in earnest. Senator Peter Harder, the government representative in the Senate, will discuss how an emboldened Senate will deal with the government's legislative priorities. We convene a panel of party strategists to look ahead to the campaign. And as the House of Commons moves into a new home for the next decade or so, we'll take you on a tour of Centre Block.

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The 2018 political quiz

This week on The House, we test your memory with our annual political quiz. Joel-Denis Bellavance from La Presse, Tonda MacCharles from the Toronto Star and the CBC's Catherine Cullen battle over some of the most memorable moments of Canadian politics in 2018.

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Canada's options for dealing with China

This week on The House, we ask former CSIS director Ward Elcock about how Canada can handle relations with China. We also hear a perspective on renovating 24 Sussex Dr. from Scott Reid, who spent time there with former prime minister Paul Martin. Finally, we look back on politics in 2018 with the Conservatives and the NDP.

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U.S.-China faceoff puts Canada in an awkward position

This week on The House, we talk to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale about national security issues and the threat China poses to Canada because of Meng Wanzhou's extradition. We sit down with Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott and activist Cindy Blackstock to get an update on measure to help Indigenous children in foster care. Finally, we ask the ITK's Natan Obed how he feels about new updates to the Nutrition North food program.

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Midweek podcast: The 2019 to-do list for the Liberals

This week on The House midweek podcast, we ask Government House Leader Bardish Chagger about what her party did in 2018 and what they hope to accomplish next year. Chris Hall talks to her about broken promises and big achievements in anticipation of 2019.

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Justin Trudeau confronts the provincial uprisings

This week, The House is in Montreal for the First Ministers' Meeting. We sit down with British Columbia's John Horgan and Alberta's Rachel Notley for an update on the environment and oil. We ask Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil about the barriers to free trade within Canada and finally, get a response from federal minister Dominic LeBlanc on the issues raised at the gathering.

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Midweek Podcast: Pot pardons and premiers

With pot now legal in Canada, host Chris Hall talks to NDP MP Murray Rankin about his private member's bill that would erase marijuana convictions for an estimated half a million Canadians. Plus, as First Ministers get set to meet in Montreal on Friday, Chris sits down with NWT Premier Bob McLeod to discuss a growing unrest among his fellow Premiers who want to get a discussion about the economic crisis facing this country's oil sector onto the agenda.

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Dangerous diplomatic waters and climate concerns

This week on The House, Chris talks to German ambassador Sabine Sparwasser about the G20 summit in the context of Putin and Khashoggi, and the future of Europe after Angela Merkel steps down. Then, Chris asks Ontario's Environment Min. Rod Phillips how the province's new climate plan will meet international targets, and Chief of the Defence Staff Jonathan Vance addresses the auditor general's report on the military's efforts to stamp out sexual assault.

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Midweek pod: Millenials' money habits

What's going on with Millenials? A new report out today looks at the financial reality of the generational cohort making up 25 per cent of Canada's population. Are they really spending their money on avocado toast? And what smart policy moves can government consider? Jennifer Robson, author of a new Public Policy Forum report out today, gives us her take. Plus: Chris speaks with the mayor of Ajax, Ont. about the ripple effect of GM's Oshawa plant closure.

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Profits, policing and parcels

Finance Minister Bill Morneau discusses how targeting corporate Canada in his fall fiscal update will help middle-class Canadians. Kremlin critic Bill Browder's testimony to MPs was cut short due to a vote in the House of Commons, so what warning was he trying to give Canada? We'll hear from him. Plus: we track Newfoundland's largest off-shore oil spill, and the GM of eBay Canada on the impact of the Canada Post labour disruption.

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Midweek podcast: Fall fiscal update

This week on The House midweek podcast, host Chris Hall dives into the government's fall fiscal update with CBC parliamentary bureau chief Rob Russo and Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos.

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Threat Assessments at the Halifax International Security Forum

Host Chris Hall discusses the most pressing global defence issues with leaders including NATO deputy secretary-general Rose Gottemoeller, Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance, and NATO military committee chairman Stuart Peach.

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Calgary Olympics: failure to launch?

We hear from two Calgary city councillors with differing opinions on the city's failed bid, and an Olympics expert weighs in on whether the golden allure of the games is too tarnished for taxpayers. Plus, U.S. congresswoman-elect Deb Haaland breaks down barriers as the first Indigenous woman elected to Congress.

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Welcome to the data economy

The UK's data watchdog blasts Canada's political parties for a lack of transparency around how they use voters' personal information, and a researcher walks us through how she uses data from Statistics Canada to do her job. The NDP's parliamentary leader Guy Caron reacts to Bombardier's massive job cuts, our In House panel tackles Tony Clement's extortion scandal, and Chris visits a special WWI commemoration exhibit in Ottawa.

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How to shake up political campaigns, Macron-style

Suffering from a post-midterms political hangover? We've got your cure. Get a dose of positive politics with Guillaume Liegey, the organizer behind French President Emmanuel Macron's innovative campaign strategy, who shares his insights into improving politicians' ground games. Plus: UNHCR assistant High Commissioner Volker Turk on moving beyond using migrants as political props.

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Midterms and a rise in populism

This week on The House, we talk with Democrat Congressman Ted Deutch on the upcoming U.S. midterms and what a potential shift in the House of Representatives could mean for the House of Commons. Also, Chris Hall chats with former Prime Minister Paul Martin about the shift towards more protectionist leaders heading G20 nations.

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Midweek podcast: Pay equity and jurors' mental health

This week on the midweek podcast, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu walks us through the government's pay equity legislation and we talk to a former juror about a new mental health bill aimed at the justice system.

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Courting China on trade and human rights

This week on The House, we ask Ambassador John McCallum about the path forward to a trade deal with China, then talk to New Zealand's Trade Minister David Parker on reforming the WTO. We also talk about the carbon tax with Ontario Environment Minister Rod Phillips. Finally, we break down political incivility in the age of social media with a political expert.

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Midweek podcast: Gimmick vs. climate incentive

The Liberals are sending a rebate to Canadian families (in four provinces) to offset the higher costs of a carbon tax. This week on The House midweek podcast we ask Environment Minister Catherine McKenna if the incentive payout will pay off in 2019.

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Tariff troubles persist

This week on The House, we talk about the remaining U.S. tariffs with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. We also take a look at food security in Canada's North, and examine how Canadians can prepare for fake news ahead of the 2019 election.

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Midweek podcast: Legal pot is here

This week on The House midweek podcast, we talk to Magog, Que., Mayor Vicki-May Hamm about the remaining concerns municipalities have now that cannabis is legal. We also ask MP John McKay about the visit of Kentucky businesses to Canada and their message on trade.

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The House: The influences of trade and Trump on votes in Kentucky

This week, The House is in Kentucky for a special edition episode focusing on Canada-U.S. trade and a key Republican-Democrat showdown in a swing district. We talk to Ambassador Kelly Craft, Governor Matt Bevin, former Congressman Ben Chandler, as well as Kentucky businesses with Canadian connections and analysts about what trade and Trump mean for Canada's continued relationship with Kentucky.

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Midweek podcast: The House talks trade in Kentucky

This week, The House is in Kentucky to talk to key players about the Canada-U.S. relationship and how a Congressional race in the state could be a catalyst to flip the House of Representatives from Republican red to Democratic blue.

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The House: Ottawa's carbon tax loses another ally

This week on the House, we talk to Manitoba's premier Brian Pallister on why he's now prepared to let Ottawa slap a tax on his province. Chris Hall sits down with the U.K.'s High Commissioner to Canada to talk Brexit and we take a look at pot legalization as the date draws closer.

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Midweek podcast: Setting the table for the Trans Mountain expansion

This week on The House midweek podcast, after Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi announced the next steps the government is taking to consult with First Nations on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, host Chris Hall gets reaction from Chief Bob Chamberlin, the vice-president of the UBCIC. Plus, Québec Solidaire's Vincent Marissal tells about his historic win in the provincial election.

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Disses, Deadlines, Diplomacy, and Donald

This week on The House, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom defends Chrystia Freeland after Trump trash talks "Canada's negotiator." Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr takes on the challenge of selling Canada internationally as a solid bet on trade despite U.S. rhetoric as the NAFTA deadline looms, and former New Zealand PM Helen Clark gets passionate about the Kavanaugh hearings, sexism in the UN and breaking glass ceilings for women everywhere. Plus: B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver, and a lookahead to Monday's Quebec election.

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Midweek podcast: 'Green Wave' and going without Greyhound

On The House midweek podcast, Chris catches up with newly-minted New Brunswick Green MLA Megan Mitton after she wins her seat by 11 votes. Is a 'Green Wave' sweeping provincial politics? Polls analyst Eric Grenier offers his quick takes on the election limbo, too. Then, the CBC's Jeff Walters joins Chris from the roads and bus stops of Northern Ontario as he explores the impact of Greyhound's closures.

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