CBC News: At Issue

 
 

CBC News: At Issue

The National's Rosemary Barton tackles the week's big political stories with Canada's leading political journalists, including Chantal Hébert and Andrew Coyne. A podcast that helps you understand the why behind the moves and decisions of your elected officials.

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At Issue: December 6

It's gearing up to be a tense first ministers meeting in Montreal. Some premiers are frustrated with the agenda and what they say is missing from it. At Issue sets up what's at stake. Plus, the panel looks into how far the Conservatives are willing to go when it comes to the immigration file. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Chris Hall.

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At Issue: November 29

General Motors announces the closure of its plant in Oshawa, Ont. Meanwhile, Alberta's oil sector continues to suffer. So how should governments respond? And at what political price? At Issue digs into that. Plus, more fallout after Doug Ford backtracks on some of the cuts to francophone services in Ontario. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Jason Markusoff.

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At Issue: November 22

The federal government unveiled its fall fiscal update this week. Now it's out trying to convince Canadians that going deeper into the red will benefit the economy. So do deficits even matter? The At Issue panel weighs in. Plus, they discuss the Ford government's cuts to francophone services in Ontario.

Download At Issue: November 22
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At Issue: November 15

World leaders are warning about the rise of nationalism. But what are the consequences of their messages? At Issue takes on a word that is getting a lot of attention these days. Plus, the prime minister brings his trade agenda to China and ASEAN countries.

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At Issue: November 8

Andrew Scheer kicks Tony Clement out of the Conservative caucus this week. The panel digs into how political parties should handle this type of situation. Also, the U.S. midterms may be over, but what does a divided Congress mean for the Canada-U.S. relationship. Plus, the panel tackles Donald Trump's latest attack on the media. Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Althia Raj, and Paul Wells.

Download At Issue: November 8
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At Issue: November 1

This week on the At Issue podcast, panellists Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hébert and Chris Hall join host Rosemary Barton to discuss the Liberal government's new Debates Commission, former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson's expenses under scrutiny, and the by-elections Prime Minister Trudeau has yet to call.

Download At Issue: November 1
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At Issue: October 25

The federal government revealed its plan to impose its own carbon tax on the provinces who refused one. And the critics have already come out swinging. Could this be the next big election issue? The At Issue gang talks everything carbon tax. Plus, the NDP loses another MP this week. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne, and Paul Wells.

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At Issue: October 18

Pot, politics and pardons. Should the government have gone further? Plus, what message is Ottawa sending when it comes to Saudi Arabia? And, a look at the cost of scrapping Ontario's cap-and-trade system. It's been a busy week and At Issue is here to make sense of it all. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Andray Domise.

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At Issue: October 11

Legalization of recreational cannabis is just days away and the stakes are high. After all, this was one of the federal government's key campaign promises. So how will we gauge its success? And how many bumps in the road are acceptable? The panel digs into the politics of pot. Plus, former prime minister Stephen Harper has a new book and Michaëlle Jean tries to hold on to her position as head of the Francophonie.

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At Issue: October 4

Quebec's premier-designate is already threatening to use the notwithstanding clause. So is this the new norm? And what kind of challenges does this pose for Ottawa? Plus, the panel talks NAFTA 2.0 or USMCA as it's now called. And an update on the LNG and Trans Mountain projects. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne, and Paul Wells.

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At Issue: September 27

New Brunswick is in a political deadlock after this week's election. Could a similar situation play out in Quebec? And how is Ottawa reading the results? At Issue takes on those questions. Plus, a look at why Conservatives seem to using crime as a wedge issue. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne, and Althia Raj.

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At Issue: September 20

Deal or no deal? Canadian officials were back at the NAFTA negotiating table in Washington this week. But talks have been described as tense and slow. The panel tries to make sense of it all. Plus, MPs are back in Ottawa and the countdown is on for the provincial elections in New Brunswick and Quebec. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Éric Grenier.

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At Issue: September 13

The panel takes on Doug Ford's decision to invoke the notwithstanding clause for the first time in Ontario. Was this the right thing to do? Plus, the NDP and Liberals meet ahead of the falls session of Parliament. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.

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At Issue: September 6

At Issue is back for a new season and there is lots to talk about. The panel digs into how the government is managing the NAFTA talks and the decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. We also check in on the Conservative Party and the NDP. Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hébert, Shachi Kurl and Paul Wells.

Download At Issue: September 6
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At Issue: Maxime Bernier Special

Former Conservative leadership hopeful Maxime Bernier has stormed away from the party and slammed the door on his way out. Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne and Chantal Hébert for a special summer edition of At Issue to talk about Bernier's endgame and about the effects his announcement might have on his now-former party.

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At Issue: End of Season

School's out for the summer... or at least, the House of Commons is. From the chaos that surrounded Canada's relationship with the U.S. to the passing of the Cannabis Act, it's certainly been an eventful spring sitting. And with a federal election on the horizon, what's next for the three major party leaders? From the foyer of the House of Commons, Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hébert and Althia Raj.

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At Issue: June 14

The war of words between Canada and the US has been heating up, and former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney has never seen anything like it- but he still doesn't think it's fatal. At Issue checks in on the US-Canada relationship and the burgeoning trade war. It's partly about supply management in Canada's dairy sector- also a reason Conservative MP Maxime Bernier just lost his front bench seat. The panel talks bilateral relations, Bernier, and byelections. Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hébert and Paul Wells.

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