The Housewith Chris Hall
Midweek podcast: Trade union boss not ready to back new NAFTA yet
This week on the midweek podcast, we chat with United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard about union support for ratifying the new NAFTA, enforcing Mexican labour reform and what safeguards he thinks are needed to protect Canadian steel.
A test of metal: It's goodbye to steel and aluminum tariffs
This week on The House, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland talks about the new deal to lift steel and aluminum tariffs and Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff breaks down the final details before the deal came into place. With Bill C-48 in trouble, Senator David Tkachuk walks us through the legislation. Finally, our special strategist panel is back.
Midweek podcast: The curtain is closing on the bard of Parliament
This week on the midweek podcast, we talk to retiring Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner about the tone of modern politics, what he'd change on the Hill and how he feels looking back on his 19 years in Parliament.
The House: Addressing cracks in the refugee system
This week on The House, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen defends the government after a scathing new report from the Auditor General. We recap the latest in the Mark Norman case with Conservative MP Erin O'Toole. Chris Hall sits down with New Zealand's high commissioner to discuss the Christchurch Call, and finally, two senators break down the amendments to Bill C-69.
Midweek podcast: A breakthrough for the Greens
On this week's midweek podcast, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May joins us to talk about the win in Nanaimo-Ladysmith and what the future holds for the party in October.
The House: Tensions rise in the provinces
With several provinces challenging the federal carbon tax, and now an anticipated challenge between Alberta and B.C. over oil, intergovernmental relations in Canada are tense. This week on The House we talk to Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe about his own court challenge, and where federal-provincial relations go from here. We also ask Sen. Frances Lankin about Bill C-69. Finally, we talk about the Conservatives' strategy for Quebec with MP Gerard Deltell.
Midweek podcast: Canadians' trust in political institutions is dwindling, says survey
This week, The House is all about trust. An annual survey of Canadians conducted by Proof Strategies suggests that overall trust in Canadian institutions is deteriorating. Senior vice president with Proof Greg MacEachern is here to break down where Canadians are losing trust.
The House: Rising waters across Canada
This week on The House, we talk to Climate Change Ambassador Patricia Fuller about how to prevent flooding in an era of climate change and natural disasters. We speak to the Japanese ambassador ahead of bilateral meetings between Japan and Canada's prime ministers and finally, we talk about the Green Party's federal chances after a strong provincial showing in P.E.I.
Midweek podcast: P.E.I. makes history
Prince Edward Island elected its first minority government ever and made the Greens the official opposition for the first time anywhere in Canada. Chris Hall talks to University of P.E.I. political science professor Don Desserud about the election results and what they might mean for the upcoming federal election.
The House: Halifax incidents raise questions about racism in Canada
This week on The House, we look ahead to Tuesday's provincial election in Prince Edward Island with two of the party leaders. We also explore racial profiling in Canada with Senator Wanda Bernard. And we ask our In House panel to recap the Alberta election and what to expect in October's federal one.
The House: The race to lead Alberta
Alberta's economy is still limping after years of economic setbacks and there is a palpable sense of anger about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion being delayed. Rachel Notley and her New Democratic Party are trying to hold onto power after breaking through in the last election; United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney is vowing to eliminate the carbon tax and take the fight to Ottawa. Whoever wins, the results will have major implications nationally and may foreshadow how Fall's federal election unfolds. Chris Hall explores the key issues with citizens, NDP leader Rachel Notley and two UCP candidates.
Midweek podcast: Division in Alberta
This week, The House is in Alberta to explore the big issues in the provincial election. We talk to political scientist Lori Williams and Alberta Beef Producers chair Charlie Christie about the tone of politics, and what they're expecting.
The House: Recruiting the two ex-Liberals
This week on The House, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh talks about his time in the House of Commons, his plan for the environment and the SNC-Lavalin matter. We also talk about the carbon tax with Minister Catherine McKenna. Finally, MP John McKay fills us in on Russia's activity in the Arctic.
Midweek podcast: Trust and loyalty in a political party
Today on the midweek podcast, we ask a former chief of staff to Jean Chrétien and now-Senator Percy Downe about how trust and loyalty factor into a cabinet and caucus in the wake of two former cabinet ministers being kicked out of the party over the SNC-Lavalin affair.
The House: A tale of the tape
This week on The House, Deputy Conservative Party Leader Lisa Raitt talks to us about the new Jody Wilson-Raybould recording released to the public. Plus, experts weigh in on the canola trade dispute with China. And campaign strategists from all three federal parties sit down to discuss plans for the election.
Midweek podcast: The opposition's latest calls to investigate SNC-Lavalin
This week on the midweek podcast, Chris Hall chats with NDP MP Tracy Ramsey and Conservative MP Peter Kent about what they see as their next steps now that two committees have rejected the idea of studying the SNC-Lavalin affair.
The House: Budget, interrupted
This week on The House, did the 2019 budget hit the mark? Host Chris Hall talks to Finance Minister Bill Morneau and gets reaction from various stakeholders. Morneau's budget speech was interrupted by opposition calls for Jody Wilson-Raybould to speak about the SNC-Lavalin affair, and we speak with one Liberal MP who agrees — sort of.
Midweek podcast: The Liberals' election year budget
This week on the midweek podcast, Chris Hall sits down with CBC's finance reporters and the Parliamentary Bureau chief to break down the initial winners and losers of Tuesday's budget.
The House: New Zealand attack and Tuesday's big budget
This week on The House, guest host Vassy Kapelos explores the power of political reaction to atrocities like the Christchurch mosque shootings with Ihsaan Gardee of the National Council of Canadian Muslims. Then, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu and our panel of journalists look ahead to Tuesday's federal budget.
Midweek podcast: Tina Fontaine's legacy and Indigenous child welfare
Guest host Vassy Kapelos talks to Toronto Star columnist Tanya Talaga about a report out this week on the factors that led to 14-year-old Tina Fontaine's death in 2014, and how the federal government's Indigenous child welfare bill must seize the opportunity to prevent cases like Tina's from happening again.
The House: Liberal caucus – shaken and stirred by SNC-Lavalin crisis?
This week on The House, how badly has the SNC-Lavalin controversy shaken Trudeau and the PMO off their pre-election course? Host David Cochrane talks to a cabinet minister, the Liberal caucus chair and two political strategists about mapping a way forward. Plus: Nurses react to a proposed pharmacare plan, and the NDP's Nathan Cullen on his post-Hill future.
Midweek podcast: The other side of the SNC-Lavalin affair
In the wake of testimony from the prime minister's former right hand man Gerald Butts and new information from Michael Wernick, clerk of the Privy Council, Chris Hall sits down with Peter Donolo, director of communications for former prime minister Jean Chretien, to hear his take on the SNC-Lavalin scandal and what should happen next.
The House: Illegal versus inappropriate in the SNC-Lavalin case
This week on The House, we ask former justice minister and attorney general Irwin Cotler about the duality of that role and what Jody Wilson-Raybould's testimony means for the SNC-Lavalin affair. We turn our attention out west for an update on Trans Mountain and Bill C-69 from Alberta premier Rachel Notley and ask Ontario's health minister about the health care system overhaul.
Midweek podcast: Jody Wilson-Raybould speaks her truth
On the midweek podcast, three members of the Commons justice committee — Liberal Randy Boissonnault, Conservative Lisa Raitt and New Democrat Murray Rankin — join Chris Hall to talk about what it means for Canada, especially in an election year. We also ask a legal ethics expert about the broader implications.
The House: Mixed reviews for the new Trans Mountain report
This week on The House, we ask fisheries and oceans minister Jonathan Wilkinson about the new NEB report on the environmental impact of the Trans Mountain pipeline. We also break down the latest on the SNC-Lavalin affair with two legal experts. Finally, we get an update on those U.S. tariffs from Transport Minister Marc Garneau.