The Housewith Chris Hall


Chris Hall: There's no path to net-zero without nuclear power, says O'Regan

Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O'Regan says Canadians have to be open to more nuclear power generation if this country is to meet the carbon emissions reduction targets it agreed to five years ago in Paris.

CBC Radio's The House: Is pharmacare worthy of the throne?

On this week's show: Two federal party leaders have tested positive for COVID-19, but what does that mean for Parliament's imminent return? Then, ahead of Wednesday's throne speech, Dr. Danyaal Raza discusses prioritizing a national pharmacare program. Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan also talks potential plans for green jobs and clean energy programs, and two Green leadership candidates spar over the party's trajectory. Finally, a philosophy professor breaks down the spread of disinformation during the pandemic.

Chris Hall: Conservative whip compares online Commons voting to 'swiping right' on Tinder

A senior Conservative MP is comparing a government proposal for online voting in the House of Commons to the dating app Tinder.

CBC Radio's The House: A pandemic Parliament puzzle

On this week’s show: Liberal, Conservative and NDP whips spar over safely resuming Parliament and whether MPs could vote remotely. Then, the CBC’s Jacques Poitras previews next week’s election in New Brunswick. Plus, three contenders for the leadership of the federal Green Party outline their vision. And the House looks at balancing the environment and the economy as Canada faces an unsteady recovery from COVID-19.

Chris Hall: Trudeau says he doesn't want an election - but not everyone buys it

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the coming throne speech will be a watershed moment for the nation — but a prominent New Democrat says he's taking an awful risk.

CBC Radio's The House: Could a Liberal-NDP coalition prevent an election?

On this week’s show: Liberal insider David Herle and NDP national director Anne McGrath talk about a potential coalition between the two parties. Then, Canadian Labour Congress leader Hassan Yussuff discusses what he wants to see from the government’s upcoming throne speech. The House dives into Canada's reckoning with its history and monuments. Finally, Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne talks about Canada’s position on authoritarian regimes around the world.

CBC Radio's The House: Schools reopen and next steps for the Conservatives

On this week’s show: Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc talks federal funding to get kids back to school safely. Former leadership hopeful Leslyn Lewis discusses the future of the Conservative Party and her role in it, and two Canadians weigh in on where the party goes from here. Then, retiring Senator Lillian Dyck discusses her legacy and The House looks back at a week of continuing unrest over police brutality in the United States.

Jagmeet Singh tallies up the price for NDP to support fall throne speech: Chris Hall

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh tells CBC Radio's The House that he’s not looking to force an election this fall if the Liberal government follows through on commitments to help women and other marginalized groups affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.

New Brunswick prepares for Canada's first pandemic election

People across Canada are closely watching the contest to elect New Brunswick’s next premier — an event that could become a "canary in the coalmine" for pandemic elections.

CBC Radio's The House: Aug. 22, 2020

On this week’s show: Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough lays out a plan for a post-CERB world and discusses why the government prorogued Parliament. Plus, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh looks ahead to a fall confidence vote. Also, hear how New Brunswick will pull off a pandemic election, and join the CBC’s Catherine Cullen and Hannah Thibedeau as they set the stage for Sunday’s unveiling of a new Conservative leader.

Chris Hall: Andrew Scheer warns Conservatives not to take party unity for granted

In a candid exit interview with CBC Radio's The House, Andrew Scheer says whoever succeeds him as Conservative leader will have to deal directly with the growing sense of Western alienation that’s spawned the Wexit movement and talk of separation in Alberta.

CBC Radio's The House: Aug. 15, 2020

On this week’s show: Outgoing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer shares advice for his successor days before the leadership race comes to an end. Lisa Raitt, co-chair of the election’s organizing committee, discusses holding the vote amid the pandemic. Plus, hear the latest on the fallout from the WE Charity controversy and listen to two experts debate the merits of a national basic income program as the CERB begins to wind down.

Multiple vaccine candidates needed to safeguard against possible failures, task force co-lead says

A co-chair of Canada’s new COVID-19 vaccine task force says it will be critical to have a number of vaccine candidates on hand to halt the spread of the coronavirus should any of the country’s leading options fail.

CBC Radio's The House: August 8, 2020

On this week's show: Procurement Minister Anita Anand and Vaccine Task Force co-chair Dr. Joanne Langley discuss Canada's work to secure a COVID-19 vaccine. Plus, international trade attorney Dan Ujczo shares his thoughts on new tariffs on Canadian aluminum, while MPs Rob Oliphant and Garnett Genuis discuss what’s next for the Commons committee on Canada-China relations. Then, an Ontario tenant advocate and an Alberta homelessness expert examine how the transition away from CERB could affect people in precarious housing situations.

Pushback from families, MPs led to reversal on N.S. mass shooting inquiry, Blair says

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says it was persistent calls from victims’ families for a public inquiry into April’s mass shooting in Nova Scotia — and pressure from members of the province’s federal Liberal caucus — that led him to abandon a plan for a less robust review of the tragedy.

CBC Radio's The House: August 1, 2020

On this week's show: host Rosemary Barton digs into the WE controversy with MPs on the House of Commons finance committee who pitched questions to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about his connections to the charity organization. Plus, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair explains why he agreed to order a public inquiry into April's mass shooting in Nova Scotia. Then, The House reaches into the archives with interviews dating from the week the PCs and the Canadian Alliance agreed to join forces to become the Conservative Party of Canada.

Threats against politicians 'very frequent', former Privy Council clerk says

Canada's former top civil servant says Canadians would be shocked and dismayed to learn the true level of abuse and the number of violent threats politicians face during their time in office.

CBC Radio's The House: July 25, 2020

On this week's show: Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu shares her take on an alarming uptick in COVID-19 cases and the younger Canadians behind the numbers. Plus, Conservative leadership candidate Erin O'Toole outlines his vision for the opposition and responds to concerns about party unity. Then, former Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick addresses the risks posed by extreme political rhetoric in Canada and The House wraps up the week that was in the WE Charity controversy.

CBC Radio's The House: Going green and hacked vaccines?

On this week’s show: A cybersecurity expert explains what a Russian attack on COVID-19 vaccine research means and why Canada is well-poised to face future interference. Plus, two advocates for a green recovery — and a champion of Canada’s oil and gas sector — talk about bouncing back from COVID-19, while a Liberal MP shares why he went outside party lines to take a harsher stance on China. Also on the show, a look back at the Oka Crisis of 1990 from The House archives.

CBC Radio's The House: Could WE take down the government?

On this week’s show: The CBC’s Rosemary Barton and the Toronto Star’s Susan Delacourt weigh in on what the WE Charity controversy means for the Liberal government. Plus, a member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council discusses why he didn't participate in an advisory board for the project. Then, two experts offer their takes on economic recovery; an extremism expert talks about the risk of violence after an armed man breached the gates of Rideau Hall; and Conservative leadership candidate Derek Sloan shares his views on social conservatism and party unity.

Karina Roman: Parents, provinces call on Ottawa to help ensure schools open in the fall

Children, Families and Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen says that while he understands the burden working parents have been carrying for months since schools closed due to the pandemic, Ottawa's ability to help provinces fully reopen their schools this fall is limited.

CBC Radio's The House: July 4, 2020

On this week’s show: Education officials and an infectious disease specialist discuss resuming school in September, while Families, Children and Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen talks support for parents. Then, MPs weigh in on the Liberal government and the WE Charity parting ways — and next week’s fiscal snapshot. Plus, the CBC’s David Thurton dives into the Green Party's leadership race to replace Elizabeth May, and The House talks to two experts about a Canada-U.S. relationship that remains divided by a restricted border.

Chris Hall: Freeland pitches 'made in Canada' supply lines as country braces for 2nd COVID wave

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canadian companies need to shift critical supply lines home from overseas as the world prepares for a second wave of COVID-19.

CBC Radio's The House: June 27, 2020

On this week’s show — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland on COVID-19, Canadians detained in China and NAFTA 2.0. Plus, a privacy expert on whether Canada’s federally backed contact-tracing app should be made mandatory, a panel discussion on how the RCMP should respond to growing demands for accountability and justice and a look back to a past story on a national monument in Ottawa honouring LGBT Canadians.

Chris Hall: Breaking down Canada's latest Security Council election loss

Canada's second failure in a row to win a Security Council seat was a blow to the Trudeau government's prestige. But how much will it matter to this country in the long run?