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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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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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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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.

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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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