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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: April 18

Jason Kenney is now premier-designate of Alberta and he joins the ranks of a growing number of conservative premiers across Canada. This week, Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Shachi Kurl, unpack what Kenney's win means for the rest of Canada and for Justin Trudeau ahead of the federal election. Plus, where did all the women premiers go?

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At Issue: April 11

Albertans head to the polls in just a few days. But the outcome of the election could affect all Canadians. So what will the results mean for Alberta's relationship with Ottawa? The At Issue gang talks Alberta politics this week. Plus the latest in the SNC-Lavalin affair. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne, and Jason Markusoff.

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At Issue: April 4

Just days after they were ousted from the Liberal caucus, Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott say this whole thing could have been avoided had the prime minister apologized. At Issue looks at what an apology would have done and where the government goes from here. Plus the panellists also look at the fate of the new NAFTA deal. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne, and Chris Hall.

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Special At Issue: Wilson-Raybould and Philpott removed from caucus

Prime Minister Trudeau expelled Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus tonight. So what did today's move show us about how the government manages its caucus? And is it enough for the government to turn the page for good on this whole affair? At Issue is here for a special Tuesday panel. Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Althia Raj, and Rob Russo.

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At Issue: March 28

The Quebec government tabled its secularism bill today. It would see public workers, in positions of authority, banned from wearing religious symbols. It also invokes the notwithstanding clause. So is Ottawa preparing for a fight with Quebec? And how will this legislation impact the debate in the federal election? Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne, and Althia Raj this week.

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At Issue: March 21

The government's attempts to change the channel, and sell the budget, just got a lot more complicated. In an interview with Maclean's, Jane Philpott says there is more to the SNC-Lavalin story. Add to that a marathon voting session in the House, and it looks like the SNC-Lavalin controversy isn't over yet. At Issue digs where this all goes from here. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Althia Raj, and Jason Markusoff.

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Special At Issue: Federal Budget 2019

Bill Morneau has tabled his pre-election budget hoping to change the channel on the SNC-Lavalin controversy, but the opposition wouldn't let them have it. So whose messaging was the loudest? And what does this budget tell us about Liberals' campaign strategy? Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj for a special Budget Day At Issue.

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At Issue: March 14

The federal budget is just days away and that's also the next time the justice committee will meet. Except this time it will be behind closed doors. So what happens next in the SNC-Lavalin controversy? And how will the government use the budget to reset the agenda? Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Andray Domise this week.

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At Issue: March 7

The prime minister's narrative has changed over the past month since the SNC-Lavalin story first broke.But today Justin Trudeau gave his first full press conference about this issue. And he expressed some regret. Was it enough? At Issue unpacks Trudeau's interpretation of events. Plus, the panellists share their hot takes on deferred prosecution agreements. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Shachi Kurl.

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Special At Issue: Gerald Butts testifies

Another big day at the House of Commons justice committee. Gerald Butts testified and shared his version of events. Plus the Clerk of the Privy Council, Michael Wernick, was back in the hot seat. This time with Nathalie Drouin, the deputy minister of justice. So whose account should Canadians believe? And what should we expect next? Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Paul Wells for another special At Issue

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Special At Issue: Jane Philpott resignation

Jane Philpott, one of Justin Trudeau's most trusted ministers, announced Monday she has resigned from cabinet as the Liberal government's crisis over the SNC-Lavalin affair deepens. How damaging is her abrupt departure? Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hébert and Paul Wells for a special edition of At Issue.

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At Issue: February 28

It's the PMO vs. Jody Wilson-Raybould and each side is sticking to its own interpretation of events. The panellists take on what's next in the SNC-Lavalin controversy and answer viewer questions. Plus, a look at the three federal byelection results. Ian Hanomansing host Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Paul Wells. Rosemary is away this week.

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Special At Issue: Jody Wilson-Raybould testifies

At Issue is in your feed with a special Wednesday edition. The panel digs into Jody Wilson-Raybould's testimony at the justice committee. Where does this leave the government? And what is the political impact? Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj unpack the latest on the SNC-Lavalin controversy. Ian Hanomansing is in for Rosemary Barton this week.

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At Issue: February 21

Canada's top civil servant shares some strong words with the justice committee. Michael Wernick, the Clerk of the Privy Council, says there was no unlawful or inappropriate pressure placed on Jody Wilson-Raybould. So are we any closer to understanding what actually happened? At Issue digs into the latest developments in the SNC-Lavalin controversy. Plus, a pro-pipeline convoy makes its way to Ottawa this week. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Shachi Kurl.

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Special At Issue: Gerald Butts resigns

Bombshell departure at the PMO. Gerald Butts, the prime minister's principal secretary, steps down. But says he denies pressuring Jody Wilson-Raybould on SNC-Lavalin. So why resign? And what kind of hole does this leave in government? At Issue is in your feed with a special Monday panel. Rosemary Barton hosts Rob Russo and Andrew Coyne.

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At Issue: February 14

Jody Wilson-Raybould stays silent as the SNC-Lavalin controversy enters its second week. All this as the justice committee limits who it will hear from. So what does this do for a government whose brand is all about openness and transparency? At Issue is back in your feed for a second time this week. Plus, the panel looks at Saskatchewan's carbon tax challenge. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Chris Hall.

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Special At Issue: Jody Wilson-Raybould resignation

The SNC-Lavalin scandal wasn't even a controversy a week ago, but it took a dramatic turn on Tuesday. Former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced she was quitting the federal cabinet. We've assembled a special At Issue panel to discuss what her departure from the front bench means for the Liberal Party and for Justin Trudeau. Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hébert and Althia Raj.

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At Issue: February 7

Allegations of interference. Did the PMO pressure the former minister of justice to strike a deal with SNC-Lavalin? The prime minister says the allegations in the Globe and Mail are false, but lots of questions remain. At Issue takes on the government's response and the damage this can cause. Plus, we look at the politics behind some of Alberta's economic troubles. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj this week.

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At Issue: January 31

New House of Commons, same problems...especially when it comes to the China file. With the government now without its ambassador there to walk the talk, how does it get that relationship back on track? The panel looks at the state of the government's foreign policy strategy. Plus, Ottawa unveiled a new team to prevent election meddling. But is it too little too late? Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Althia Raj and Paul Wells this week.

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At Issue: January 24

Mixed messages on China. Canada's ambassador makes bold statements, only to later take them back. Did John McCallum go rogue? And how are foreign policy issues continuing to make life difficult for the government? Plus, the panel looks ahead to the last session of Parliament before the next election. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Éric Grenier. Chantal Hebert is in Montreal. Andrew Coyne is in Ottawa tonight And Eric Grenier is also Ottawa.

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At Issue: January 17

The politics of byelections, cabinet shuffles...and secession. At Issue takes on Jody Wilson-Raybould's cabinet demotion and the latest in the Burnaby-South byelection. With the Liberal candidate forced out, does this give NDP leader Jagmeet Singh the break he needs? Plus, some of the lessons Canada can take away from Brexit. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Jason Markusoff.

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At Issue: January 10

An upcoming cabinet shuffle and three byelection calls...The House isn't back yet, but the government is already making moves. The panel tackles some of these changes as we start the year. Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Shachi Kurl and Andray Domise.

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At Issue: January 3

We start the year with what's on your mind. The At Issue panel answers your questions about 2019 and the upcoming federal election. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne, Paul Wells and Althia Raj.

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At Issue: December 27

We look back on the political year that was. Who was the M.V.P. MP? Or the biggest political liability? The At Issue gang answers those questions and more. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne, Paul Wells and Althia Raj.

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At Issue: December 20

The federal government announces $1.6 billion to help Alberta's energy sector. But the political and economic concerns are still there. At Issue looks into Ottawa's response and tensions around Canadian unity. Plus, the panellists take on the latest in the Canada-China dispute. Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Paul Wells and Shachi Kurl.

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At Issue: December 13

Canada is caught in the middle between two superpowers. Ottawa says this isn't political, but China seems to feel differently. So is Canada being used? At Issue digs into the complicated Canada-China relationship. Plus, Alberta premier Rachel Notley's latest pitch for the oilsands. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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