The House with Chris Hall


CBC Radio's The House: The NDP at 60

On this week’s show: Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi reacts to Alberta’s recent announcement that it will end self-isolation requirements for those who test positive for COVID-19. We take an in-depth look at the NDP a week before the 60th anniversary of that party’s founding, including an interview with Jagmeet Singh. Also: two economists discuss why balanced budgets are no longer in vogue, and a exploration of how best to manage wildfires.

CBC Radio's The House: Canada in a changing world

On this week’s show: Canadians in the tourism industry talk reopening and recovery. A panel of MPs tackles Canada's foreign policy, including relations with Cuba, Haiti and China. And a critic and a supporter of Cuba's government debate the unrest in that country. Plus — two elections experts discuss the ongoing crisis in the federal Green Party, including who stands to benefit from fleeing votes.

CBC Radio's The House: The Green Party in crisis

On this week’s show: Two former leadership contenders discuss the fragile situation in the Green Party after reports that party officials discussed revoking the membership of leader Annamie Paul. Experts discuss the political situation in Haiti after assassins killed the president. Plus, a look at the legacy of official multiculturalism in Canada as we near the 50th anniversary of the policy.

CBC Radio's The House: Reaching unvaccinated Canadians

On this week’s show: Epidemiologist Nazeem Muhajarine discusses ways to increase vaccine uptake across the country. CBC’s Murray Brewster reports on the Taliban’s capture of territory once patrolled by Canadians. Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson talks about Canada’s readiness for the effects of climate change. Plus — a look at the fate of Bill C-6, which aims to ban conversion therapy.

The House: Departing parliamentarians reflect on the Commons

Liberal Wayne Easter and Conservative Bruce Stanton, two of Parliament's longest-serving MPs, reflect on the possibly imminent end of their political careers following announcements they will not run again in the next federal election.

The House: Can Canadian federalism cope with 21st century threats?

The Constitution sets out the division of powers between Ottawa and provincial governments. But is it also helping to divide the country as politicians struggle with emerging threats such as climate change, the state of long-term care and the COVID-19 pandemic?

CBC Radio's The House: A federation under strain

On this week’s show: A special edition of The House examines the state of Canada’s federal system. Experts debate and dive deep into issues of governance, the climate crisis, education and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus — two departing MPs, Liberal Wayne Easter and Conservative Bruce Stanton, offer their takes on the state of Parliament as they near the end of a combined 43 years in the Commons.

The House: O'Toole says he's hitting Trudeau where it hurts — his ethics

Conservative leader Erin O'Toole heads into a possible election campaign this summer knowing the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic put him at a competitive disadvantage compared to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Musician Bryan Adams calls for B.C. government's ouster over old-growth logging

Musician Bryan Adams is part of a group of prominent Canadians who have called for a halt to old-growth logging in British Columbia — and he's calling for the governing NDP to be voted out over the issue.

CBC Radio's The House: Fight at Fairy Creek

On this week’s show: Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, discusses his lack of confidence in Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett. Opposition Leader Erin O’Toole looks ahead to a looming potential election. Plus — an in-depth look at the fight over old-growth logging at the Fairy Creek watershed in B.C., featuring interviews with musician Bryan Adams and provincial forestry minister Katrine Conroy.

The House: Canadians are losing patience with the border closure

The Canada-U.S. border has been closed to non-essential travel for well over a year. This week, the federal government announced it's staying closed for at least another month. On both sides of the border, people are getting anxious.

CBC Radio's The House: Border restrictions and a new face on the Supreme Court

On this week’s show: Public Safety Minister Bill Blair discusses the continued restrictions at the border. The Conservatives' foreign affairs critic Michael Chong talks about fighting the government over document disclosure. An expert panel analyzes the controversies and challenges facing the Green Party and its leader, Annamie Paul. Plus: a look at the new nominee to the Supreme Court.

The House: Will Doug Ford pay a price for deploying the notwithstanding clause?

Some constitutional experts see the notwithstanding clause as a tool for emergency use only — but past experience suggests politicians don't pay a price for using it.

CBC Radio's The House: Confronting hate in Canada

On this week's show: Liberal, Conservative and NDP MPs discuss how politicians should work to confront Islamophobia in Canada. Independent senator and G7 veteran Peter Boehm takes a wide view of this weekend's summit. And CBC's Murray Brewster reports on what's topping the agenda in Cornwall. Plus — a debate over Ontario's use of the notwithstanding clause and a look at incentivizing vaccine uptake.

The House: Is it past time Canada had an Indigenous governor general?

Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc isn’t saying how many names of possible candidates for governor general will be sent to the prime minister — or whether the search committee has been instructed to include a nominee with an Indigenous background.

CBC Radio's The House: Truth, faith and reconciliation

On this week’s show: Indigenous advocates react to the federal action plan to address violence against Indigenous women and girls and Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett talks about making that plan a reality. Plus — Minister Dominic LeBlanc zeroes in on the search for a new governor general and a former Supreme Court judge discusses his landmark report on reforming the military's justice system.

Garneau predicts sanctions will weaken and isolate Belarusian strongman Lukashenko

Canada's foreign affairs minister says he's confident a new round of economic sanctions will further isolate Belarus — even as neighbouring Russia dismisses international outrage over the forced landing of an international flight carrying a prominent dissident.

CBC Radio's The House: Canada condemns Belarus

On this week’s show: Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau responds to the arrest of a dissident journalist in Belarus and an expert panel looks at whether Canada’s condemnation of the act goes far enough. Plus — a political scientist explores the federal response to Quebec’s language bill, a teen activist discusses climate lawsuits against governments and a law professor sets up Canada’s anticipated military justice review.

More homework while learning less: Students open up about pandemic schooling

Education systems throughout Canada have had to improvise their way through the COVID-19 pandemic, often with detrimental effects on learning and mental health. As the country looks to reopen, teens and experts discuss the best way forward.

Youth job prospects face 'long-term scarring' from pandemic, says employment minister

Canadians graduating from high school or entering the job market now are at risk of long-term damage to their job prospects because of the pandemic, says Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough.

CBC Radio's The House: Generation COVID

On this week’s show: A special edition of The House examines the impact of COVID-19 on Canada’s youth, as three teens reflect on the consequences of closing schools and a panel of education experts explore how Canada can ensure kids don’t fall behind. Plus: Manitoba’s education minister discusses reforms to his province’s school system and Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough talks about blunting the negative effects of graduating in a pandemic.

Inside Canada's politician podcasting boom

Canadian politicians are flocking to the podcasting medium as a way to reach their constituents, raise their profile and, some experts say, circumvent the mainstream media to maintain a preferred narrative.

'I'll do whatever I have to': N.S. Premier Iain Rankin doubles down on lockdown

Nova Scotia’s Premier Iain Rankin says he’ll continue to use every legal means available to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the province — even if the effort ends up limiting individual rights.

CBC Radio's The House: Breaking the third wave

On this week’s show: Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin discusses his province’s efforts to fight its third wave of COVID-19. Plus — hear a panel of political strategists take on the Trudeau ethics probe, Bill C-10 and Quebec language laws; a dive into why some Indigenous groups support the shutdown of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline; a report on the rise of politician-hosted podcasts; and a look at the fate of summer camps during the pandemic.

CBC Radio's The House: Pipeline politics and Alberta's COVID crisis

On this week’s show: Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. Kirsten Hillman weighs in on Michigan’s efforts to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline next week. CBC’s Rosemary Barton runs through PMO chief of staff Katie Telford’s testimony at the Commons defence committee. Plus: a look at Alberta’s COVID-19 crisis, the fallout from U.S. troops withdrawing from Afghanistan and political cartoons in the post-Trump era.