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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A new normal for Parliament

With a deadline looming, the At Issue panel discusses whether it's time for Parliament to return to regular sittings and what that new normal should look like. Plus, a look at how governments are preparing for a second wave of COVID-19. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert and Andrew Coyne.

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The politics of pandemic spending  

The At Issue panel discusses the political and economic costs of the government's response to the COVID-19 crisis and the calls for more fiscal transparency. Plus, the panellists look at concerns over fraudulent CERB claims. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.

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Could a federal election be closer than we think?

The At Issue panel looks at the odds of an earlier federal election — and how the COVID-19 pandemic could play into that decision. But first, the panellists discuss the latest plan to boost the wages of essential workers and whether these temporary measures can become permanent fixes. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.

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Quebec's political gamble?

The At Issue panel discusses why Quebec seems to be moving faster than its neighbouring provinces, despite having the most cases, and how much of a political risk this is for the premier. Plus, the panellists weigh in on the return of the Conservative leadership race. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.

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How crises are changing this federal government

In the wake of tragedy in Nova Scotia, At Issue looks at how this federal government has faced crisis after crisis in 2020 — and the short-term and long-term political impacts. But first, the panellists discuss how certain provinces are moving forward with their own plans for reopening. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.

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When will Canada re-open its economy?

The At Issue panel looks at how Ottawa and the provinces will balance public health restrictions with the growing pressure to get the country moving again. And what about Canada-U.S. border? Plus, the panellists discuss the calls from the Conservatives for more accountability in Parliament. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.

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Canada's new economic reality

More than a million Canadians lost their jobs last month and the impact is far from over. So how sustainable is the country's economy under the current conditions? The panel talks economic losses and national projections for the pandemic. Plus, is a virtual Parliament the way forward during a crisis? Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.

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Calls for Ottawa to share more with Canadians about COVID-19

The At Issue panel discusses why Ottawa has yet to release its projections on the spread and toll COVID-19 could take in Canada. Plus, a look at the dynamics at play between the provinces and the federal government during this crisis. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.

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Justin Trudeau's shift in tone on COVID-19

Canadians saw a tougher message and more restrictions from the prime minister this week. So is it working? The At Issue panel looks at the government's messaging as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to increase. Plus, what American troops near the border could mean for the Canada-U.S. relationship during this crisis. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.

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The escalating political response to Covid-19

This week, the federal government increased its response to the pandemic, closing borders and unveiling billions in financial measures to help Canadians. But is it enough? At Issue looks at how Ottawa is managing this growing crisis. Plus, what does this moment mean for the opposition parties? Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert and Andrew Coyne.

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Managing a global pandemic

Covid-19 is now a pandemic and the federal government unveiled part of its response plan this week. At Issue looks at how Ottawa is managing this crisis, both on the health and economic fronts. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Paul Wells.

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Did Justin Trudeau overpromise on key priorities?

The federal government made big promises on the environment, energy projects, and reconciliation and now it faces big challenges on all those issues. This week the panel looks at the path forward for this government and whether balance is possible. Plus, the latest on the Conservative leadership race after the first deadline passes. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne, Althia Raj and Jason Markusoff.

Download Did Justin Trudeau overpromise on key priorities?
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Reconciliation, rail blockades and the response

At Issue unpacks the federal government's ongoing response to the protests in support of the Wet'suwet'en. What happens if its strategy doesn't work? And is this current crisis a warning for future energy projects in this country? Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne, Althia Raj and Duncan McCue.

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How Ottawa is handling the Indigenous blockades

At Issue looks at the federal government's response to the anti-pipeline protests across the country. What do these tensions mean for reconciliation efforts? Plus, why John Baird is just the latest Conservative not to run for the leadership. And in the extended At Issue, the panel also tackles Canada's pitch for a seat on the UN security council.

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The politics of pipelines and projects

The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion cleared another big hurdle this week. The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by some Indigenous groups. At Issue looks at one of the most divisive debates in this country: how the Trudeau government balances the environment and the economy. Plus, Peter MacKay's bid to be the next Conservative Party leader. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.

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Ottawa's response to a global health emergency

Parliament returned this week but external events continued to dominate the agenda. At Issue looks at Ottawa's response to the global coronavirus outbreak. Plus, the government's efforts to push NAFTA 2.0 through the finish line quickly and the latest on the Conservative Party leadership race. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Althia Raj and Aaron Wherry.

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Poilievre, Ambrose and Charest not running for Conservative leadership

It's still early days in the Conservative leadership race, but already a lot has changed. At Issue looks at why three prominent contenders are choosing not to run, what this means for the leadership contest and the future of the party. Plus, what's in store when parliament returns next week? Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj. This podcast was recorded on Thursday, January 23.

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The Conservative leadership race begins

At Issue looks at who's in, who's out and the new rules for the Conservative Party's leadership race. Plus, what kind of influence will former Prime Minister Stephen Harper have? And one week after the downing of Flight 752, the panel talks about the political response and what's to come. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj. This podcast was recorded on Thursday, January 16.

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The government's response to tragedy

It's been a difficult week for Canadians and a difficult week for the federal government. At Issue looks at the aftermath of the flight 752 tragedy. How does Canada navigate this complicated situation with Iran? And with the U.S.? Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj join Rosemary Barton.

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At Issue takes your political questions

It's the perfect way to start the new year. Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj join Rosemary Barton to answer your political questions.

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Political winners and losers of 2019

At Issue looks back on the political year that was and looks ahead to 2020. What was the most surprising moment of the election? Or the best political play of the year? Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj join Rosemary Barton for this annual At Issue tradition.

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SNC-Lavalin's plea deal and the Conservative leadership race

Almost a year after the SNC-Lavalin controversy first broke, the company takes a plea deal. So was all the political turmoil worth it? Plus, from Rona Ambrose to Jean Charest, At Issue looks at the list of possible Conservative leadership contenders. Rosemary Barton host Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.

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Andrew Scheer steps down

After weeks of mounting criticism and pressure, Andrew Scheer announced his resignation today. The At Issue panel looks at the timing of his decision, what went wrong and what's next for the Conservative Party. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Jason Markusoff this week.

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The speech from the throne

The 43rd parliament is now in session. Today, the Trudeau government outlined its agenda for its second mandate. But in a minority situation, the Liberals also need to reach enough members of the opposition. The At Issue panel looks at the policies and messages outlined in today's throne speech, plus how the opposition parties are responding. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Aaron Wherry this week.

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Andrew Scheer under mounting pressure to step down

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is vowing to fight and stay on as leader. But the criticism isn't going away. So how is he managing this growing pressure? And can he actually stay on until April's leadership review? At Issue looks at Scheer's new reality. Plus Chrystia Freeland meets with Alberta's Jason Kenney and Saskatchewan's Scott Moe. All this ahead of next week's throne speech. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Paul Wells.

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