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: 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.

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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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At Issue: June 8

It was a busy Thursday, so we moved At Issue to Friday! Canada's most populated province has a new leader: what will Ontario look like with Doug Ford at the helm? Plus, the country is one step closer to legalizing pot, thanks to the Senate's latest decision. Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hébert and CBC's Polls Analyst Éric Grenier.

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At Issue: May 31

When Donald Trump imposed new trade tariffs against some of the U.S.' biggest allies, Justin Trudeau didn't take it lightly. Could this be the start of a major trade war? Plus, more on the federal Liberals' decision to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline project. Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hébert and Althia Raj.

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At Issue: Pipeline Special

When the federal government announces it's buying the Trans Mountain pipeline project for $4.5 billion, there's really only one thing to do: convene a special edition of At Issue to break down what it means for Ottawa, Alberta, British Columbia and Canadian taxpayers. Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hébert and Althia Raj.

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At Issue: May 24

Doug Ford’s in the middle of a membership scandal, Andrea Horwath tried to explain a billion dollar mistake in her costing plan, and Kathleen Wynne basically tried to stop the bleeding. We're talking Ontario election with the man behind CBC's poll tracker. And Aecon, the Canadian construction giant, was on track for a big buy-out by a Chinese company... The federal government says it's not happening. Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hébert and Eric Grenier.

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At Issue: May 17

Bill Morneau is breaking out the taxpayer's wallet to help Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion weather British Columbia's storm, is that going to be enough? And Justin Trudeau seems to be trying to put himself opposite Stephen Harper rather than Andrew Scheer- just when the former Prime Minister is creeping back into public life, too. What's the danger for Liberals and Conservatives here? Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert and Andrew Coyne.

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At Issue: May 10

Quebec's Roxham Road still sees a steady stream of asylum seekers- and it's predicted to get bigger when the warmer weather really gets here. This week, the Liberal government had three ministers out to send a message to critics and the country: this is under control. And Jagmeet Singh is dealing with a second sexual harassment complaint in the NDP- this time it's MP Christine Moore. How's he handling it, and does he have time to deal with anything else right now? Finally, Andrew Scheer is trying to make nice with Quebec- will it work? Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hébert and Paul Wells.

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At Issue: May 3

Erin Weir has been turfed from the NDP caucus- Jagmeet Singh's reaction to a third-party investigation into harassment claims was fast and forceful. The Liberals tabled a bill this week that could change the way elections are held, but no, it's still not touching first past the post. And the Bloc Quebecois is all but falling apart- seven former MPs who left caucus in February are now starting their own party, risking splitting the separatist vote in Quebec. Rosemary Barton hosts Althia Raj, Chantal Hébert and Andrew Coyne.

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At Issue: April 26

It's provinces versus the feds this week- both Saskatchewan and BC are going to court to push back against Justin Trudeau's Liberals. Scott Moe is anti-carbon tax, John Horgan is anti-pipeline. Where does that leave federal provincial relations? And Kathleen Wynne has a five billion dollar disagreement with Ontario's Auditor General. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Shachi Kurl.

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At Issue: April 19

The pipeline spat is still going- and all sides are digging in. Sources are now saying that the federal government has a Plan B if Kinder Morgan drops out- they'll be courting other companies to invest. Chris Hall is live from the Liberal National Convention, where the leading party is trying to set its agenda for the next election- are they succeeding? And Kathleen Wynne accuses Doug Ford of being Donald Trump. Does that make her Hillary Clinton? Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Chris Hall.

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At Issue: April 12

Pipelines politics are heating up- Justin Trudeau is heading back from Peru, where he was attending the Summit of the Americas, early. He plans to get Rachel Notley and John Horgan in a room together to work things out- but it's obvious which side he's on. And Maxime Bernier lost the Conservative leadership election, but he hasn't fallen off the map- a chapter from his forthcoming book is causing controversy. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.

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At Issue: April 5

NAFTA negotiations may be nearing the end- what's in a symbolic agreement? And the Conservatives used the last week of Question Period before the break to hammer the Liberals, asking for a briefing from the public servant involved in the Atwal Affair. Daniel Jean will brief Andrew Scheer (classified) and MPs (unclassified). We ask At Issue who exactly is playing politics here. And carbon pricing as a concept has taken a beating in the public forum- and the Liberals may lose a few key premiers on this issue with more than one provincial election coming up. Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Althia Raj and Jason Markusoff.

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At Issue: March 29

The summer jobs grants controversy is causing all sorts of issues for both the federal Liberals and the NDP- Jagmeet Singh tries to make amends with his caucus, and Justin Trudeau is sticking to his guns, no matter the cost. And, the Liberals are still not on track to make their 2030 climate commitments- is the political cost getting higher? Rosemary Barton hosts Marie Vastel, Chantal Hebert and Paul Wells.

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