'That was hell for us': Former Canadian Forces contractor on his flight from Afghanistan, debate over aid

An Afghan man who worked as a contractor with the Canadian Armed Forces is safe with his family in Pakistan, one of thousands who have fled the country now in desperate need of international economic support.

Global tax accord could earn Canada up to $4.5 billion per year, says Freeland

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada stands to make as much as $4.5 billion dollars a year through a landmark deal involving 136 countries that will require the world's largest corporations to pay their fair share of taxes.

CBC Radio's The House: A dose of reality

On this week’s show: Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland explains a new global tax deal and discusses the future of federal COVID-19 supports. Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions president Linda Silas explores the possible impact of vaccine mandates on the health care system. Plus — experts debunk the dewormer conspiracy and a former contractor for the CAF shares the story of his family’s long-awaited flight out of Afghanistan.

Defeated Tory MP says review of Conservatives' election loss will examine O'Toole's performance

The defeated Conservative MP now tasked with determining where his party's federal election campaign went wrong says he intends to "hit the ground running" within the week — and his work will include an examination of leader Erin O'Toole's campaign performance.

CBC Radio's The House: Planes, trains and vaccines

On this week’s show: Transport Minister Omar Alghabra describes mandatory vaccination rules for travellers and federal workers. Premier Blaine Higgs explains New Brunswick’s latest restrictions, tightened for Thanksgiving weekend. Plus — CBC’s Bartley Kives looks at the race to become Manitoba’s next PC premier, former Conservative MP James Cumming outlines his forthcoming review of the party’s election performance, and two disinformation experts discuss possible efforts to rein in Facebook.

The fight to free the Michaels: Canada's ambassador to the U.S. describes the months before their release

About a month before two Canadians detained in China were flown home in a sudden move that stunned observers of Canada-China relations, Beijing was sending signals to Canadian diplomats that it was moving closer to a resolution on the file.

Days of rage: Angry voters brought new tensions to the 2021 campaign trail

Scott Simms ran in seven federal elections, winning six of them. And while he came to terms fairly easily with his 264-vote loss on September 20, the long-time Liberal MP is having a harder time accepting the anger he experienced on the campaign trail in his largely rural riding in central Newfoundland.

CBC Radio's The House: Trust, truth and reconciliation

On this week’s show: Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., expands on the efforts to free Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson looks ahead to COP26. AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald reflects on the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Plus — former top bureaucrat Michael Wernick warns of a “virus of intolerance” in politics and longtime MP Scott Simms bids farewell to the Hill.

CBC Radio's The House: Kovrig, Spavor return home

On this week’s show: two former diplomats and an expert on Canada-China relations discuss the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor from prison in China. Plus, CBC reporters on how the major party leaders are faring post-election; strategists dissect the campaigns and what lies ahead for Parliament; and, in a podcast extra, a former provincial PC cabinet member discusses Alberta’s political and health crises.

Vaccine mandates and passports loom large in the election's final days

The controversy over whether the federal government should require vaccinations for some people or implement a vaccine passport system is playing a role in some key swing ridings, including King-Vaughan in the Greater Toronto Area.

CBC Radio's The House: Running through the 6ix for your votes

On this week’s show: The House zooms in on the GTA to explore issues that matter to voters in the hotly contested ridings of King–Vaughan and Davenport. Plus — a look at what Canadians should expect on election day and when results will be available; a debate over vaccine passports; reporter postcards from the campaign trail; and, in a podcast extra, Éric Grenier’s analysis of the last public polls before election day.

Federal parties stick-handle climate change, energy and economy in Alberta

Conservatives expect a near-sweep in Alberta, but a handful of ridings remain at play in September election.

CBC Radio's The House: The campaign in wild rose country

On this week’s show: A special edition of The House co-produced with CBC’s West of Centre podcast looks at the federal election in Alberta, starting with the story of a former oil and gas worker on his effort to switch careers. Plus — three strategists discuss the province’s politics; an Edmonton NDP candidate on his party’s vision; two journalists break down the English leaders’ debate; and, as a podcast extra, a look at the latest national polls.

In Quebec, no party has an easy path to victory

The road to victory in national elections always passes through Quebec. The only question is whether the province with 78 seats to offer comes with roadblocks or a fast lane.

CBC Radio's The House: A crucial Quebec campaign

On this week’s show: An in-depth look at the race to win votes in Quebec as The House hears from voters and candidates in the Eastern Townships. Plus — three party strategists break down new campaign developments with just two weeks to go; three MP hopefuls debate the merits of their parties’ taxation and spending policies; and, exclusive to the podcast, a snapshot of the latest national polls and a look at the risk of misinformation.

CBC Radio's The House: The ones Canada left behind

On this week’s show: Afghans convey their distress over being left behind after the last Canadian flight departed Kabul and Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau answers questions about what comes next. Plus — a deep dive into the issue of housing as experts dissect the major parties’ promises to make homes more affordable; road reflections from CBC’s campaign reporters; a look at the soundtrack to the 2021 election; and a snapshot of where the parties currently stand in the polls in a podcast exclusive.

Federal candidates pitch new wildfire and climate plans to weary British Columbians

The wildfires threatening communities in British Columbia's interior are now a dominant issue in this federal election campaign as candidates from all the parties try to win over B.C. voters who are in danger of losing everything.

CBC Radio's The House: Will climate change be this election's hottest topic?

On this week’s show: war room strategists take you inside the Liberal, Conservative and NDP campaigns; three candidates running in the fire-ravaged B.C. Interior talk climate change promises; and CBC’s David Thurton reports from Green Party leader Annamie Paul’s campaign to win Toronto Centre. Plus — Éric Grenier of offers his take on key ridings to watch and this week’s upset win in the Nova Scotia provincial election.

CBC Radio's The House: A Canadian election and an Afghan crisis

On this week’s show: On this week’s show: A series of guests — including a photojournalist in Kabul, an Afghan-Canadian filmmaker and the CBC’s Murray Brewster — break down the situation in Afghanistan. Plus — guest host Tom Parry speaks with pollsters, staffers and ordinary voters about the upcoming election campaign, and the incoming head of the Canadian Medical Association discusses the threat of the COVID-19 delta variant as students prepare to return to school.

The House: Water worries go beyond boil water advisories, Indigenous leaders say

Two Indigenous leaders say the problems with water access in their communities go deeper than boil water advisories.

CBC Radio's The House: Looking North

On this week’s show: A special episode of The House turns its focus to the North, with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Natan Obed and former TRC commissioner Marie Wilson discussing the role of Canada’s new Inuk governor general. Plus — an examination of efforts to secure clean drinking water in Indigenous communities, a reflection on the legacy of a 100-year-old treaty and a look at the end of masking requirements in Yukon.

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.