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The House

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Will Canada answer the UN's call?

This week on The House, Canada's ambassador to the UN Marc-Andre Blanchard discusses Trudeau's priorities on the world stage as he heads to New York for the 73rd United Nations General Assembly. Plus: Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson on the government's opening response to the Trans Mountain ruling, and labour leader Hassan Yussuff on NAFTA.

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NAFTA pressure ramps up and does floor crossing pay off?

This week on the midweek podcast, host Chris Hall digs into the latest on NAFTA talks with Laura Dawson as prominent U.S. politicians vent about Canada's negotiating tactics. Then, University of Montreal PhD student Semra Sevi walks us through her analysis of the risks of political floor crossing - does the gamble work?

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Feeling the Bern: Maxime Bernier unveils new party

The rogue former Conservative MP visits The House to unveil his new political party - the People's Party of Canada. Then, Chris looks ahead to the fall sitting of Parliament as MPs make their way back to Ottawa after a not-so-sleepy summer, and mayors weigh in on the controversial spat heating up between Ontario's Doug Ford and Toronto city council.

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Midweek podcast: The debate over the nothwithstanding clause

This week on The House midweek podcast, Carissima Mathen, professor of law and and constitutional expert at the University of Ottawa, talks about the repercussions of the decision by Ontario Premier Doug Ford to invoke the notwithstanding clause. We also ask the CBC's Hannah Thibedeau and David Cochrane for the latest details on the NDP and Liberal caucus meetings.

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Liberals come up short on answers with Trans Mountain

This week on The House, we ask Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi for details on the Liberals' plan to move forward with the Trans Mountain pipeline, and talk to NDP and Conservative MPs about the project. Chris Hall asks a media ethics expert about the implications of the scathing editorial about Donald Trump published by the New York Times. Finally, we break down the feud between Maxime Bernier and Andrew Scheer with a historian who talks about how that will affect the Conservatives' chances of winning in 2019.

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Midweek podcast: U.S. labour unions push not to leave Canada 'on the sidelines'

This week on The House midweek podcast, Celeste Drake of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations talks about the push to keep Canada at the NAFTA negotiating table. We also ask the CBC's Katie Simpson for the latest details from talks in Washington.

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Canada negotiates for inclusion in new version of NAFTA

This week on The House, we recap the major shifts in the NAFTA negotiations with advisory council member Rona Ambrose. We also ask Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc about Ottawa's path forward after the Trans Mountain pipeline construction was stopped by a court ruling. Finally, we talk to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley about her decision to go against the federal government if the pipeline is blocked.

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Midweek podcast: NAFTA tipping point could leave Canada outside looking in

This week on the midweek podcast, guest host Terry Milewski is joined by economist Daniel Schwanen to explore Canada's options when it comes to negotiating a trade deal with the U.S. - which announced a bilateral deal with Mexico this week.

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The Conservatives send out the rallying cry for 2019

This week on The House, we sit down with Conservative deputy party leader Lisa Raitt to talk about the path to victory in next year's federal election. Three panels of MPs, pundits and observers from other parties join us to share their insights on the policies that will build the Conservative platform, and key Brexit figure Daniel Hannan explains the dangers of populism.

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Midweek podcast: The Liberals and Conservatives gear up for 2019

This week on the midweek podcast, we dive into the Liberal and Conservative party gatherings happening on two different coasts. We look at what issues will be on the table and how the parties are gearing up for the 2019 election.

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Modernizing the Mounties

This week on The House, new RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki details her plans to update the force, International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr talks about looking beyond the U.S. for markets and we take a look at whether the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act is actually working.

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Midweek podcast: Quebec heading to the polls

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard sounds confident heading into the upcoming provincial election. But how long will that last? With the campaign officially kicking off next week, CBC's polls analyst Éric Grenier and CBC Montreal's Jonathan Montpetit give us the lay of the land.

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How irreparable are relations between Canada and the U.S.?

This week on The House, we talk to Vermont Governor Phil Scott about the upcoming meeting between his New England counterparts and eastern Canadian ministers. We'll also dissect the spat between Saudi Arabia and Canada, and chat with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde about his priorities after being re-elected.

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Midweek podcast: Jagmeet Singh sets his sights on B.C. seat

After Jagmeet Singh announces his plan to run for a federal seat, The House host Chris Hall talks to Shachi Kurl, executive director of the Angus Reid Institute, and Sanjay Jeram, a senior political science lecturer at Simon Fraser University, about the NDP's prospects heading into next year's election.

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Canadians aren't buying Ottawa's message on asylum seekers

This week on The House, we ask Minister Bill Blair about addressing the narrative around asylum seekers. We also talk to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna about her government's less strict carbon plan.

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Midweek podcast: Retaliatory auto tariffs could cripple Canada

This week, as car-producing countries gather in Geneva, we ask Michael Hatch, the chief economist at the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association, what would happen to the economy if Canada imposed dollar-for-dollar tariffs in response to U.S. duties on vehicles.

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Is Ottawa ready to ban handguns?

This week on The House, we talk about how far the federal government is ready to go to tackle gun violence with new cabinet minister and former Toronto police chief Bill Blair. Then, guest-host David Cochrane sits down with former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge to talk about how Canada's economy is stacking up with the U.S.

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Midweek podcast: Evaluating claims of ISIS involvement in Toronto shooting

Former CSIS analyst Phil Gurski is urging people to trust what law enforcement are saying after ISIS supposedly claimed responsibility for the recent shooting in Toronto.

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Premiers meet amid provincial-federal face offs

This week on The House, guest host David Cochrane talks to the country's premiers about interprovincial trade, the carbon tax and pharmacare. We also sit down with Canada's ambassador to the U.S. to break down what could be the next blow to relations between the two countries.

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Midweek podcast: Justin Trudeau shuffles his cabinet

On The House midweek podcast, the CBC's Vassy Kapelos and Chris Hall break down the new moves within the federal cabinet with guest host David Cochrane. We also ask New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant, who's hosting this week's meeting of the country's premiers, for his thoughts on the changes.

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The Disruptor-in-chief goes to NATO

This week on The House, another international summit turned into yet another opportunity for the disruptor-in-chief to strike. This time, U.S. president Donald Trump's targets were his NATO allies, including Canada. What does it mean for the future of the organization? We talk to retired U.S. Lt. General Ben Hodges and former Conservative Defence and Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Mackay.

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Midweek podcast: Trump's style from the G7 threatens NATO meeting

This week on the midweek podcast, we ask Derek Chollet, a former U.S. senior defence advisor, how President Donald Trump's approach could influence this week's NATO meeting, and what Canada should prepare for.

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Donald Trump takes aim at NATO

This week on The House, the former U.S. Representative to NATO, Douglas Lute, looks ahead at a potential explosive meeting of NATO leaders next week. Then, we discuss Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's handling of an allegation of inappropriate behaviour that dates back almost two decades.

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Midweek podcast: How Mexico's next president will deal with Canada

On The House midweek podcast, guest-host Catherine Cullen talks to Hugo Perezcano, a former counsel on international trade to Mexico's Ministry of Economy, about how the outcome of the Mexican election will impact NAFTA talks and what that could mean for Canada.

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Trade dispute with Donald Trump escalates

This week on The House, with retaliatory tariffs running into the billions of dollars being levied on a wide range of American goods in response to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum, we ask Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland about her plan to settle the trade dispute with the United States. We also have a feature conversation with the leader of the Official Opposition, Andrew Scheer.

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Midweek podcast: The fight against fake news

This week on The House midweek podcast, we chat with digital media expert Fenwick McKelvey about Facebook's plans to tackle misinformation on their site in Canada. Chris Hall also talks to Saskatchewan finance minister Donna Harpauer about the outcome of Tuesday's meeting with Bill Morneau, her federal counterpart.

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How should Canada respond to U.S. immigration policies?

This week on The House, we ask former Liberal cabinet minister Lloyd Axworthy and UNHCR representative Jean-Nicolas Beauze about Canada's roll in helping with the unfolding issues at the U.S.-Mexico border. We also tackle some of the remaining questions on pot with the government's point person on the file, Bill Blair.

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Midweek podcast: Staying competitive with the U.S.

One Canada-U.S. issue that hasn't received as much attention as others but does have some Canadian businesses concerned has to do with their ability to compete with competitors south of the border. Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters released a report this week entitled: "Restoring Canada's Tax Advantage: A Need for Tax Reform." Dennis Darby, the president and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, spoke to Chris Hall about the report.

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Canada's feud with Trump and the threat of new tariffs

This week on The House, we review the state of Canada-U.S. relations with Congressman Kevin Cramer, Republican Senator John Hoeven and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. And the French and German ambassadors to Canada join us to discuss the impact of Donald Trump's approach on other U.S. allies.

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Midweek podcast: Next House-Senate showdown over pot?

On The House midweek podcast, Independent Senator Yuen Pau Woo walks us through what could happen next now that the federal government has rejected several key amendments to the marijuana legalization bill. We also talk to journalism and international affairs professor Andrew Cohen about the state of Canada-U.S. relations.

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Trump and Trudeau face off over trade at the G7

This week on The House, Finance Minister Bill Morneau joins us from the G7 meeting in Charlevoix to explain the Ottawa's approach to the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium. We also break down what the Ontario election results will mean for the federal government with three strategists. Finally, Chris Hall sits down with three Senators to talk about the legalization of cannabis.

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Midweek podcast: Trump's impact on the G7 and MMIWG extension

On The House midweek podcast, Chris Hall talks to former Prime Minister Paul Martin about what the escalating trade dispute between Donald Trump and some of the United States' key allies might mean for this week's meeting of the G7. Then, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett explains the government's decision to grant the national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls a 6-month extension.

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The plan for Canada's tariffs counter-punch

This week on The House, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland talks about Canada's response to new U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium. Then, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley shares her thoughts about Ottawa's move to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline. Chris Hall also sits down with Liberal MP Bill Blair to look ahead to next week's Senate vote on cannabis legalization.

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Midweek podcast: Explaining Ottawa's Kinder Morgan decision

On The House midweek podcast, Chris Hall analyzes the federal government's decision to take over Kinder Morgan's controversial expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Then, we hear from Chief Robert Chamberlin, the vice-president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs.

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26/05/18 - Will Ottawa and Kinder Morgan reach a deal?

This week on The House, Kinder Morgan's deadline of May 31st is just around the corner. Has the federal government provided the company with enough certainty to keep the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project alive? We talk to Canada's Natural Resources Minister, Jim Carr. Then, what could Donald Trump calling Canada 'spoiled' mean for the future of the NAFTA talks? We ask Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer.

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Midweek podcast: explaining proposed changes to divorce laws

On The House midweek podcast, guest-host Catherine Cullen sits down with Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to go over what the first major revamp of divorce laws in more than 20 years could mean for parents and children.

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NAFTA deal may have to wait until 2019, pipeline feud spills over

This week on The House, Congressman Brian Higgins talks to Chris Hall about the state of NAFTA negotiations. We also break down the latest in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion battle with officials from B.C., Alberta and Ottawa. Finally, the Insiders join us to analyze the Ontario election campaign.

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Midweek podcast: Ottawa ready to compensate Kinder Morgan against political delays

This week on The House midweek podcast, we recap Minister Bill Morneau's announcement about what Ottawa is prepared to do to get the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built with Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and CAPP president Tim McMillan.

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Battle of the bills grips Senate and House of Commons

This week on The House, we recap a busy week in the Senate with the government representative's in the Red Chamber, Senator Peter Harder. Chris Hall also sits down with the German ambassador to Canada to talk about the future of the Iran nuclear deal. Finally, we ask former chief electoral officer Marc Mayrand about the Liberals' new electoral reform bill.

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Midweek podcast: Looming deadlines for pot and NAFTA

This week on The House midweek podcast, we catch up on NAFTA talks with U.S.-Canada trade expert at Dickinson Wright Dan Ujczo, and look ahead to marijuana legalization with the person who chaired the federal task force on cannabis legalization and regulation, Anne McLellan.

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First Nations take on federal plan for pot legislation

This week on The House, we talk with Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day about how Indigenous communities plan to tackle the federal government's plan to legalize marijuana. Chris Hall also sits down with the acting Minister of Democratic Institutions, Scott Brison, to dissect the government's bill to modernize the country's election laws.

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Midweek podcast: The future of the Safe Third Country Agreement

On The House midweek podcast, Chris Hall talks to two immigration lawyers about what, if anything, could be done to improve the Safe Third Country Agreement.

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B.C. and Saskatchewan take their fights with Ottawa to the courts

This week on The House, both British Columbia and Saskatchewan are using the justice system to challenge Ottawa's pipeline and carbon pricing plans. We talk to Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe, B.C.'s attorney general David Eby, and federal environment and climate change minister Catherine Mckenna.

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Midweek podcast: Where is the pharmacare debate heading?

On The House midweek podcast, Chris Hall asks Linda Silas of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions what she would like to see emerge from the pharmacare development debate.

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Updated podcast - The Liberals' challenges on the road to re-election

This week, The House is at the Liberal policy convention in Halifax. Chris Hall talks to participants, MPs, and the new party president about the challenges the Liberals are facing, and the new policies needed to win in 2019. We also ask Barack Obama’s former chief strategy David Axelrod if Justin Trudeau’s “Sunny Ways” pitch will be enough to secure a second win or if he’ll need a new approach and new policies now that the political honeymoon is over.

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The Liberals' challenges on the road to re-election

This week, The House is at the Liberal policy convention in Halifax. Chris Hall talks to participants, MPs, and the new party president about the challenges the Liberals are facing, and the new policies needed to win in 2019. We also ask Barack Obama’s former chief strategy David Axelrod if Justin Trudeau’s “Sunny Ways” pitch will be enough to secure a second win or if he’ll need a new approach and new policies now that the political honeymoon is over.

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Midweek podcast: Why Quebec is watching the Trans Mountain battle

This week on The House midweek podcast, we explore why Quebec is so interested in the Trans Mountain expansion feud with Quebec's minister of Canadian relations, Jean-Marc Fournier. We also talk to family doctor Danielle Martin about the concept of a national pharmacare program.

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Trudeau, Notley and Horgan meet to avoid a constitutional showdown

This week on The House, we explore the issues surrounding the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion with Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver. Chris Hall also looks ahead to the unprecedented committee appearance of National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister, Daniel Jean, to discuss Justin Trudeau's trip to India.

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Midweek podcast: Ottawa's legal options on pipelines and what Scotland can learn from Quebec

On The House midweek podcast, we sit down with constitutional law expert Carissima Mathen to discuss the federal government's legal options moving forward with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. We also talk to the presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament about what Scotland can learn from Canada's relationship with Quebec.

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Could Canada see another wave of asylum seekers?

This week on The House, we talk about the escalating trade fight between China and the U.S. and its potential impact on Canada with former diplomat Phil Calvert. We also explore whether could we see a repeat of last summer when hundred of asylum seekers illegally crossed the border into Canada with the immigration minister. Plus, we talk cyber attacks and changing threats with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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Midweek podcast: Battling cyber attacks and responding to the Rohingya crisis

On The House midweek podcast, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talks to Chris Hall about cyber security, growing tensions with Russia and Canada's potential involvement in Iraq. We also sit down with Bob Rae to discuss the recommendations he has for Canada's response to the Rohingya crisis.

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What is Ottawa ready to do to protect your privacy in the digital age?

This week on The House, what is the federal government ready to do to protect your privacy in the digital age? And does it all have to start by protecting you... from political parties? The acting Minister of Democratic Institutions, Scott Brison, join us. We also talk about the latest NAFTA developments and Ottawa's attempt to tackle court delays. Finally, the Insiders join us to discuss populism in Canada.

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