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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: 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.

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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.

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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?

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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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