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The House

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Midweek podcast: Trade union boss not ready to back new NAFTA yet

This week on the midweek podcast, we chat with United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard about union support for ratifying the new NAFTA, enforcing Mexican labour reform and what safeguards he thinks are needed to protect Canadian steel.

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A test of metal: It's goodbye to steel and aluminum tariffs

This week on The House, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland talks about the new deal to lift steel and aluminum tariffs and Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff breaks down the final details before the deal came into place. With Bill C-48 in trouble, Senator David Tkachuk walks us through the legislation. Finally, our special strategist panel is back.

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Midweek podcast: The curtain is closing on the bard of Parliament

This week on the midweek podcast, we talk to retiring Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner about the tone of politics, what he'd change on the Hill, and how he feels looking back on his 19 years in Parliament.

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The House for May 11, 2019: Addressing cracks in the refugee system

This week on The House, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen defends the government after a scathing new report from the Auditor General. We recap the latest in the Mark Norman case with Conservative MP Erin O'Toole. Chris Hall sits down with New Zealand's high commissioner to discuss the Christchurch Call, and finally, two senators break down the amendments to Bill C-69.

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Midweek podcast for May 8, 2019: A breakthrough for the Greens

On this week's midweek podcast, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May joins us to talk about the win in Nanaimo-Ladysmith and what the future holds for the party in October. We also break down the latest in the Vice-Admiral Mark Normal case with CBC defence reporter Murray Brewster.

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The House for May 4, 2019: Tensions rise in the provinces

With several provinces challenging the federal carbon tax, and now an anticipated challenge between Alberta and B.C. over oil, intergovernmental relations in Canada are tense. This week on The House we talk to Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe about his own court challenge, and where federal-provincial relations go from here. We also ask Sen. Frances Lankin about Bill C-69. Finally, we talk about the Conservatives' strategy for Quebec with MP Gerard Deltell.

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Midweek podcast for May 1, 2019: Trust and distrust in politics

On this week's midweek podcast, we talk to Greg MacEachern about a new study from Proof Strategies about how much Canadians trust - or distrust - politics, the media and the courts.

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The House for April 27, 2019: Flooding across the country illustrates the need for adaptation

This week on The House, we talk to Climate Change Ambassador Patricia Fuller about how to prevent flooding in an era of climate change and natural disasters. We speak to the Japanese ambassador ahead of bilateral meetings between Japan and Canada's prime ministers and finally, we talk about the Green Party's federal chances after a strong provincial showing in P.E.I.

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Midweek podcast for April 24, 2019: History made on Prince Edward Island

A bit of history was made this week on Prince Edward Island. The province elected its first minority government ever and made the Greens the official opposition for the first time anywhere in Canada. In this week's edition of the podcast Chris Hall talks to University of P.E.I. political science professor Don Desserud about the election results and what they might mean for the upcoming federal election.

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The House for April 20: Halifax incidents raise questions about racism in Canada

This week on The House, we look ahead to Tuesday's provincial election in Prince Edward Island with two of the party leaders. We also explore racial profiling in Canada with Senator Wanda Bernard. And we ask our In House panel to recap the Alberta election and what to expect in October's federal one.

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The House for April 13: The race to lead Alberta

Alberta's economy is still limping after years of economic setbacks and there is a palpable sense of anger about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion being delayed. Rachel Notley and her New Democratic Party are trying to hold onto power after breaking through in the last election; United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney is vowing to eliminate the carbon tax and take the fight to Ottawa. Whoever wins, the results will have major implications nationally and may foreshadow how Fall's federal election unfolds. Chris Hall explores the key issues with citizens, NDP leader Rachel Notley and two UCP candidates.

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Midweek podcast for April 10, 2019: Division in Alberta

This week, The House is in Alberta to explore the big issues in the provincial election. We talk to political scientist Lori Williams and Alberta Beef Producers chair Charlie Christie about the tone of politics, and what they're expecting.

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The House for April 6, 2019: Recruiting the two ex-Liberals

This week on The House, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh talks about his time in the House of Commons, his plan for the environment and the SNC-Lavalin matter. We also talk about the carbon tax with Minister Catherine McKenna. Finally, MP John McKay fills us in on Russia's activity in the Arctic.

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Midweek podcast for April 3, 2019: Trust and loyalty in a political party

Today on the midweek podcast, we ask a former chief of staff to Jean Chrétien and now-Senator Percy Downe about how trust and loyalty factor into a cabinet and caucus in the wake of two former cabinet ministers being kicked out of the party over the SNC-Lavalin affair.

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A tale of the tape

This week on The House, Deputy Conservative Party Leader Lisa Raitt talks to us about the new Jody Wilson-Raybould recording released to the public. Plus, experts on agriculture and trade weigh in on the canola dispute with China. Finally, our campaign strategists from all three major federal parties are back to discuss plans for the election.

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Midweek podcast: The opposition's latest calls to investigate SNC-Lavalin

This week on the midweek podcast, Chris Hall chats with NDP MP Tracy Ramsey and Conservative MP Peter Kent about what next steps they want to see now that two committees have rejected the study of the SNC-Lavalin affair.

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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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