The Housewith Chris Hall


Eight years after, Canada's move to close Iranian embassy still controversial

This week on The House, we look at the Trudeau government's quest for answers after the downing of UIA Flight PS752. Plus, interviews with: a former bureaucrat who helped close Canada's embassy in Iran; a legal scholar on the dispute between the Wet’suwet’en people and Coastal GasLink; a Venezuelan opposition leader on the unrest in her country; and a debate on monarchy vs. republicanism.

The world wanted Maduro gone - so why is he still calling the shots in Venezuela?

CBC's The House spoke with Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado about the durability of the Maduro regime.

Legal divide lies behind Wet'suwet'en pipeline protest, expert says

Behind the standoff between pipeline company Coastal GasLink and the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs lies a deeper divide — a clash between Canadian laws and those set by First Nations — says one legal scholar.

Champagne says Canada, allies deserve answers on downed UIA Flight PS752: Chris Hall

This week on The House, Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne joins Chris Hall to offer his reaction to an intense week in Canadian foreign relations and provide a sense of what comes next. Then, a panel of MPs reflect on how the crash of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752 is reverberating across the country. Plus, Iran is an emerging player in the global disinformation game. In the wake of military tension between the U.S. and Iran this past week, false narratives have taken over the internet and infiltrated legitimate sources of news. BuzzFeed news reporter Jane Lytvynenko joins Chris Hall to unpack this troubling issue. And as Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs and supporters rally in British Columbia to support the Gidimt’en and Unist’ot’en front-lines following the eviction of Coastal Gaslink workers from Wet’suwet’en territory, Chris Hall catches up with Chantelle Bellrichard, a B.C.-based CBC Reporter with the Indigenous Unit.

Iran's disinformation machine

Countries like Russia and China might be dominating the disinformation game, but Iran is emerging as an important player on the scene, warn two experts following the country’s online tactics. 

'Connecting with people': The quest for common ground on climate change

Atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe and sustainable energy economist Mark Jaccard join host Chris Hall to talk about how to talk about climate change. Plus, we speak with Donald Savoie, scholar of Canadian public administration, about his magnum opus Democracy in Canada: The Disintegration of Our Institutions, and discuss tackling social isolation with Baroness Diana Barran, the U.K.’s "minister of loneliness".

A year in review: The House 2019 political quiz

As 2019 draws to a close, how much do you remember about it? It's time for The House's annual end-of-year political quiz. Play along with our panel of journalists and test your knowledge. 

Canada doesn't need diplomacy tips from China, foreign minister says

This week on The House, Champagne joins us to discuss the China question, infrastructure and city planning expert Nadine Ibrahim talks about high-speed rail and Chris Hall talks with former political strategists David Herle, Jenni Byrne and Scott Reid of the Herle Burly podcast.

Will Canada ever get high-speed rail?

Canada's entire relationship with high speed rail has been the topic of countless studies. A dozen proposals have popped up over the past few decades. Faster rail is even in the minister of transportation's new mandate letter. And still, nothing. So what's the hold-up?

How to talk about politics in a very political year

It was the breakout year of the Canadian political podcast. Whether it was the aftermath of the SNC-Lavalin scandal, the lead-up to the federal election or the new minority government, podcasters had no shortage of things to talk about. So what does it take to stand out?

Parents of Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan say a memorial is more important than an inquiry

This week on The House, two Conservatives join us to talk about what's next for the party now that Andrew Scheer has resigned. Bloc MP Stephane Bergeron lays out his party's demands to work co-operatively with the Liberals. Finally, the parents of a soldier who died in Afghanistan talk about media reports saying that the war was a failure.

Conservatives focused on unity, says Candice Bergen

The Conservative Party will put the emphasis on unity going forward following Andrew Scheer resignation announcement, said Opposition House Leader Candice Bergen.

Alberta and Quebec have different arguments for separation, says Bloc MP

A Bloc MP says Alberta doesn't have the same case for special status in the federation that Quebec does.

'Entirely appropriate' for feds to weigh climate impacts of oilsands project: minister

Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says it's "entirely appropriate" for the federal government to take into account the possible carbon emissions of a proposed open-pit oilsands mine in its ultimate verdict on the project.

The Parliamentary Game of Thrones

This week on The House, Liberal House Leader Pablo Rodriguez and the NDP's Rachel Blaney recap the throne speech and talk about the path forward in this minority. Two women who were at Polytechnique on that fateful date in 1989 talk to Chris Hall about gender-based violence and gun control. Finally, we bid farewell to New Zealand's high commissioner in his favourite place in Ottawa.

Personal reflections on the Polytechnique massacre, 30 years on

In the 30 years since a gunman killed 14 women in an act of violent misogyny at Montreal’s École Polytechnique, activists are still calling for stronger and swifter action on gun control.

Canada and New Zealand's leaders are 'very well aligned', High Commissioner says

Canada’s relationship with New Zealand is stronger than ever, said New Zealand’s former High Commissioner to Canada during his last week on the job.

A parade of critics: How Andrew Scheer's views on same-sex marriage still divide his own party

This week on The House, Chris Hall meets new Conservative deputy leader Leona Alleslev, who defends Andrew Scheer's right to his own personal beliefs on same-sex marriage. But it's a position Rachel Curran, a key adviser to former prime minister Stephen Harper, calls a "deal-breaker" for her and other party supporters. Also, on the one-year anniversary of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s arrest, Chris Hall speaks with Alykhan Velshi, vice-president of corporate affairs for Huawei Technologies Canada, and Susan Gregson, retired Canadian diplomat, China expert and senior fellow at the University of Ottawa.

Looking back on a 'difficult year' of tensions with China

The downward spiral of Canada's relationship with China started one year ago — and experts say there's still a lot to do to get it back on track.

Chrystia Freeland and the fate of the federation

This week on The House: Canada’s new deputy prime minister and intergovernmental affairs minister Chrystia Freeland tells host Chris Hall about the challenges involved in cooling down Canada’s simmering regional tensions. Rookie Oakville MP Anita Anand talks about taking a seat at the cabinet table. Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole weighs in on Canada’s decision to support a UN resolution in favour of the Palestinian right to self-determination and Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, Nunavut’s new NDP MP, talks about her priorities and what other young women could learn from her.

Phoenix pay debacle top-of-mind for new public services minister

Canada's new minister of public services and procurement says she's ready to get to work on the pressing issues in her ministry — most notably the failed Phoenix pay system for public servants.

Conservative critic accuses Liberals of deploying 'childish diplomacy' at the UN

The Canadian government’s decision this week to support a pro-Palestinian UN resolution in hopes of sending U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a message amounted to “childish diplomacy,” said Conservative MP Erin O’Toole.

Saskatchewan's rough ride

This week on The House, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe joins host Chris Hall to talk about what he has labelled an unsatisfactory meeting this week with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Tom Devine talks about Canada's whistleblower protection rules and Chris Hall talks to two strategists who have been behind-the-scenes when prime ministers choose a cabinet.

Why can't we be friends? Working in a minority government

This week on The House, Liberal Whip Mark Holland talks about how his party will manage the challenges of working across the aisle. P.E.I. Premier Dennis King walks us through his advice to the prime minister on working in his own minority government. Finally, interim Green Party Leader Jo-Ann Roberts chats with host Chris Hall about her tasks going forward in Elizabeth May's place.

The future of social conservatism in Canada

This week on The House, we talk to a Conservative strategist and a member of Campaign Life Coalition about whether Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's stance on social issues cost him votes. We dive into the Wexit debate with two former MPs from Alberta. And: A political researcher shares her thoughts on Parliament's record when it comes to electing women.