The House with Chris Hall


Canada needs a 'more consistent' presence in North to bolster security, Inuit leader says

Duane Smith, chair and CEO of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, said the Arctic is the "backdoor into Canada" and his community has been on the "front lines" of Canadian sovereignty.

The Trudeau government isn't using all the tools to protect Canadians from inflation, economist says

The federal government says many of the factors driving inflation are beyond its control, which is true. But one economist says Ottawa isn't doing all it could to mitigate the burden on low-income households.

CBC Radio's The House: Wild rose ruckus

On this week’s show: Former Alberta premier Alison Redford talks about Jason Kenney’s decision to resign as leader of the UCP once a new leader is chosen. Two experts discuss the government’s move to ban Huawei from this country’s telecom industry. Plus — Duane Smith of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation discusses how Canada can secure its Arctic sovereignty, two economists talk about the threat of inflation and the CBC’s Murray Brewster describes his weeks of reporting in war-torn Ukraine.

CBC Radio's The House: On Russia's doorstep

On this week’s show: Latvia’s PM discusses the strength of the NATO alliance in the Baltic states, and host Chris Hall visits a Ukrainian family newly arrived in Ottawa. Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne talks about his recent efforts to bring Canada’s auto industry into the electric era. Plus — Conservative Party members react to this week’s leadership debate, and an EU official details how lawmakers abroad are tackling online hate.

CBC Radio's The House: New world disorder

On this week’s show: International Trade Minister Mary Ng discusses meetings with her American counterpart and the idea of “friend-shoring.” In a special report, the CBC’s Raffy Boudjikanian examines what the potential end of Roe v. Wade means for Canada. Plus — two journalists break down the first week of campaigning in the Ontario provincial election and Bill Fox talks about his new book on the changes social media has wrought in politics and journalism.

Canada and the U.S. are looking for 'friendly' trading partners in a perilous world

The war in Ukraine, China's pressure campaign against Taiwan and other threats to international stability have led many countries to attempt to insulate supply chains through friendly countries. Should Canada and the U.S. consider a common approach to trade with autocracies?

CBC Radio's The House: Committing to continental defence

On this week’s show: Defence Minister Anita Anand details Canada’s commitments to Ukraine and continental defence. Two experts weigh in on efforts to investigate the government's use of the Emergencies Act. Plus — The House offers a special report on Jason Kenney’s leadership review, a former UN aid official discusses the potential for a global food crisis and NDP MP Randall Garrison talks about the end of restrictions on blood donations based on gender and sexual orientation.

U.S. ambassador says he's confident Canada will strengthen its defences in the Arctic

The United States' top diplomat in Ottawa says he’s been assured Canada will follow through this year on crucial investments to modernize its Arctic defence, even though this month’s budget didn’t include money specifically for that work.

CBC Radio's The House: America's man in Ottawa

On this week’s show: U.S. Ambassador David Cohen discusses the state of the Canadian-American relationship and his country’s expectations on defence spending. Former tech executive Jim Balsillie examines Canada’s approach to innovation and its new budget promises. Plus — two journalists break down the state of the Conservative leadership race and former foreign affairs minister Pierre Pettigrew offers his take on France’s presidential election.

As Halifax turns into a housing hot spot, many look to Ottawa for relief

Halifax has become the centre of a housing affordability crisis in Atlantic Canada, and many are hoping that new money from the federal government can help cool down the red-hot market.

CBC Radio's The House: House hunters

On this week’s show: The House is in Halifax to dig into the issue of housing affordability, which is reaching crisis levels in the Nova Scotia capital.

CBC Radio's The House: Dollars and sense?

On this week’s show: Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland details the federal budget she presented this week, and Conservative finance critic Ed Fast responds to the government’s plans. Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart discusses how the budget’s measures can cool his city’s red-hot housing market. Plus — three experts break down the document as a whole, and stakeholders weigh in on how the budget compares to what they hoped to see.

CBC Radio's The House: Canada to the defence

On this week’s show: Ukrainian MP Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze details the pleas her colleagues have made to the PM for more support. CBC’s Vassy Kapelos reports on the refugee crisis unfolding on the ground in Poland. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh lays out his party’s budget expectations for investments in health care and housing. Plus — ahead of next week’s budget, a dive into what’s on the shopping list for the military and a look at Canada’s fiscal capacity.

No reason to trust Russian rhetoric, says UN ambassador Bob Rae

Canada's ambassador to the UN Bob Rae says he doesn't believe a word that Russia says when it comes to it's invasion of Ukraine, arguing that the international community must make the cost of ongoing conflict clear to President Putin.

CBC Radio's The House: One month of war

On this week’s show: A Ukrainian MP talks about her country’s struggle against Russia and the humanitarian crisis the invasion caused. Canada’s UN Ambassador Bob Rae discusses the challenges involved in finding a diplomatic end to the conflict. Plus, three former MPs dissect the Liberal-NDP deal, a look at Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's plight as he stares down a key leadership vote and a discussion of a bill that could restrict roadside zoos in Canada.

Top military leader calls for 'accelerated' defence investments in response to Russian aggression

The Canadian Armed Forces' top commander says the country's mission to modernize and revamp its military should proceed "as fast as possible" in response to Russian threats and aggression toward NATO.

CBC Radio's The House: Defending the facts

On this week’s show: Canada’s top soldier Gen. Wayne Eyre talks about the war in Ukraine and the state of this country's armed forces. The House digs into the growing issue of disinformation and hears from Nobel Prize winner Maria Ressa and other experts on how Canada could respond. Plus — former Conservative minister and leadership contestant Peter MacKay weighs in on the current race to lead the party he helped to create.

Electric vehicles face roadblocks as feds try to boost sales

Canada’s first emissions reduction plan will be tabled in the House of Commons in two weeks. But the minister in charge says it won’t include specific details on how to meet the federal government's sales targets for zero-emission cars and trucks over the next decade.

CBC Radio's The House: EV riders

On this week’s show: Former chief of the defence staff Tom Lawson and Sen. Peter Boehm discuss NATO’s next steps to thwart the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The House digs into the federal push toward electric vehicles, as EV owners weigh the pros and cons, an expert panel dissects the challenges ahead and Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault discusses the government’s goals. Plus — CBC’s Catherine Cullen and Stephanie Taylor of The Canadian Press take a close look at the state of the Conservative Party leadership race.

'Digital mercenaries': MPs describe their clashes with disinformation campaigns

The explosion of misleading and false information online in recent years will be difficult for governments to regulate on their own, say MPs who have themselves been targets of disinformation campaigns.

CBC Radio's The House: Sanctions and survival

On this week’s show: A woman in Kyiv describes what life is like in the embattled Ukrainian capital. The House digs into the difficulties of tracking Russian oligarch assets in Canada. And Regina’s mayor discusses how those measures risk possible economic fallout in her city. Plus — three MPs with first-hand experience in battling disinformation discuss how to deal with it, as online distortions surge during the conflict in Ukraine.

Russia unlikely to deploy nukes in Ukraine conflict, says ex-NATO deputy

A former top NATO diplomat says she doesn't believe Russian President Vladimir Putin would use nuclear weapons if western countries intervene to stop his invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.

CBC Radio's The House: Soldiers and sanctions

On this week’s show: A former NATO deputy secretary general analyzes the conflict in Ukraine and Defence Minister Anita Anand breaks down Canada’s response. Plus — Bill Browder, an advocate for sanctions against Russia, discusses the financial punishments imposed on the country. Germany’s ambassador to Canada outlines her country’s position. And two MPs from different parties discuss healing political divisions in Canada after the convoy protests.

Capture the flag: how the convoy protests use Canada's most powerful symbol

Over half a century after Canada adopted the Maple Leaf flag for the first time, its image has changed for some Canadians due to its use as a symbol by participants in convoy protests in Ottawa.

CBC Radio's The House: Emergency action in Ottawa

On this week’s show: Justice Minister David Lametti explains the government’s reasons for invoking the Emergencies Act. Sen. Vern White reacts to the Emergencies Act and developments in Ottawa, before former MP Svend Robinson discusses the NDP’s role. Plus — The House digs into the use of the Canadian flag as a symbol to represent the protests and two experts discuss the potential for political populism in Canada.