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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First federal leaders' debate

The federal leaders squared off in the first debate of the election campaign...minus Justin Trudeau. Why did the Liberal leader chose to skip this one? And how did the other leaders do? Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj join Rosemary Barton for a post-debate analysis.

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Federal election call

It's finally here. The federal election campaign is now officially under way. Party leaders have hit the road as they try to earn your vote over the next 40 days. Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj join Rosemary Barton for a special Wednesday edition of At Issue.

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Gaming the writ

At Issue returns for a new season after summer break. Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj join Rosemary Barton to talk election readiness. How prepared are the federal parties for the campaign? And when should we expect the writ to drop? Plus, a look at Canada's new ambassador to China.

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Special At Issue: Trudeau violated ethics act over SNC-Lavalin affair

Justin Trudeau came to power four years ago promising a new era of ethics and transparency. But on Wednesday, the Prime Minister was found to have violated the Conflict of Interest Act over the SNC-Lavalin affair. What does this damning report mean for the upcoming election? Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Chris Hall are here for a special summer At Issue.

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At Issue: June 27

With the House of Commons adjourned for summer break, the panel looks ahead to the key issues that could shape the lead up to the federal election. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne, Althia Raj and Paul Wells.

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At Issue: June 20

Another trip to Washington for the prime minister. This time ratifying new NAFTA deal was top of mind. So did Trudeau get what he wanted out of the visit? At Issue takes the pulse on the status of the Canada/U-S relationship. Plus, a look at Andrew Scheer's climate plan and the messaging behind Doug Ford's cabinet shuffle. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne, Althia Raj and Paul Wells.

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At Issue: June 13

This week, six premiers wrote to the prime minister accusing him of pushing through legislation that will hurt national unity. Is Justin Trudeau in a showdown with Canada's premiers? Plus, a look at the call for a universal, single-payer public pharmacare system. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Eric Grenier.

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At Issue: June 6

The final report into the inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was delivered earlier this week, and the prime minister chose his words carefully. At Issue unpacks Trudeau's response and what's next for the report. Plus, a look at the justice committee's decision to scrub one MP's controversial remarks from the record. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Tanya Talaga.

Download At Issue: June 6
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At Issue: May 30

Two independent candidates with a very similar message. Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott announce their plans to run in the next federal election but this time as Independents. At Issue looks at how effective they could be? And whether this could spark a larger movement? Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Aaron Wherry this week.

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At Issue: May 23

The politics around abortion south of the border has made its way into our political discourse. This week, At Issue explores just how effective wedge issues are in the lead up to a federal election. Plus, a look at Canada's relationship with China and Ottawa's plans for its journalism fund. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.

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At Issue: May 16

With the federal election 5 months away, all parties are sharpening their positions on the environment. Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Chris Hall look at how each party can balance energy and the environment. Plus, the latest news on the Mark Norman case and where it goes from here.

Download At Issue: May 16
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At Issue: May 9

The case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman may be over, but the political fallout is still very much ongoing. This week Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Shachi Kurl look at which party stands to benefit and where we go from here. Plus, the panel unpacks the Green Party's byelection win in Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

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At Issue: May 2

Jason Kenney brings his message, and warning, to Ottawa. Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Andray Domise unpack Kenney's strategy with the federal government and whether they were able to find common ground. Plus, a look at the politics of climate change and the rising tensions between Alberta and B.C.

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At Issue: April 25

P.E.I. makes history with the country's first Green Opposition. This week, Andrew Coyne, Althia Raj and Éric Grenier dig into that province's Green surge and whether it can translate to votes federally. Plus, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has a new book. We look at at what's behind the trend of political memoirs.

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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?

Download At Issue: April 18
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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.

Download At Issue: April 11
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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.

Download At Issue: April 4
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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.

Download At Issue: March 21
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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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