The Housewith Chris Hall


Chris Hall: Canada-wide pipeline protests a 'bump' on the road to reconciliation, Garneau says

Transport Minister Marc Garneau says blocked rail lines and other protests across Canada in support of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs are just a bump in the road in the process of reconciling the historic grievances of First Nations.

Canada's UN ambassador 'cautiously optimistic' about landing Security Council seat

Canada's ambassador to the United Nations said this week he's optimistic about the country's chances of winning a seat at the UN Security Council table, even though the three-way race is both "competitive" and "unpredictable."

Teachers' strikes: What are the political risks involved?

As all four major teachers' unions in Ontario plan a full-day strike across the province next week, thousands of families will be left scrambling to make childcare arrangements. But what are the political risks involved with continuing labour action?

Chris Hall: Was Ottawa right to quarantine Canadians evacuated from Wuhan?

As the people Canada flew out of Wuhan, China, settle into their second day of a two-week quarantine at a Canadian military base, the debate over whether they pose a real risk of spreading the novel coronavirus here is heating up.

Will the government overhaul the way wrongful convictions are reviewed?

Advocates for the wrongfully convicted say they're hoping the federal government is ready to establish a new independent commission to review wrongful convictions in Canada.

Retired MP overcame hurdles to secure Black History Month designation

Retired MP Jean Augustine’s efforts in the House of Commons 25 years ago to build support for a motion calling on the federal government to designate February as Black History Month in Canada succeeded in the end, but there were some hurdles along the way.

Canadians want expanded access to medical assistance in dying, says Lametti

Justice Minister David Lametti says he thinks Canadians want more access to medical assistance in dying following a court ruling that struck down provisions limiting it to people whose death is near. That’s the theme he says is emerging from the responses of nearly 300,000 Canadians to an online questionnaire that ended Jan. 27 — the largest number of responses the department has ever received during a public consultation.

How well are black Canadians represented in Parliament?

It's been over five decades since Canada's first black MP was elected to Parliament and rookie NDP MP Matthew Green says that's a problem.

With Brexit delivered, the U.K.'s top diplomat in Canada reflects on what it means for us

Brexit, the oft-delayed, much-debated British exit from the European Union, became a reality on Friday. But what does it really mean for allies such as Canada? The U.K.’s High Commissioner to Canada, Susan Le Jeune d'Allegeershecque, says one change is that the informal trade talks between Canada and her country can be taken to another level.

U.K.'s proposal to limit Huawei's role in 5G networks most 'pragmatic' path, expert says

Reports that the United Kingdom plans to limit the use of Huawei equipment to less critical parts of Britain’s 5G networks is the most “pragmatic position” for the country, a British cybersecurity expert says.

Ottawa's newest national monument will honour LGBT Canadians and remember the 'purge'

The National Capital Commission has approved a site for a national monument to members of the LGBT community who for decades were purged from the federal public service because of their sexual orientation. CBC's The House met Michelle Douglas, the executive director of the LGBT Purge Fund, at the proposed site.

Manitoba may take second look at a carbon tax

Premier Brian Pallister joins CBC's The House to discuss the possibility that Manitoba could create a modified climate change plan that would include a carbon tax.

Eight years after, Canada's move to close Iranian embassy still controversial

This week on The House, we look at the Trudeau government's quest for answers after the downing of UIA Flight PS752. Plus, interviews with: a former bureaucrat who helped close Canada's embassy in Iran; a legal scholar on the dispute between the Wet’suwet’en people and Coastal GasLink; a Venezuelan opposition leader on the unrest in her country; and a debate on monarchy vs. republicanism.

The world wanted Maduro gone - so why is he still calling the shots in Venezuela?

CBC's The House spoke with Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado about the durability of the Maduro regime.

Legal divide lies behind Wet'suwet'en pipeline protest, expert says

Behind the standoff between pipeline company Coastal GasLink and the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs lies a deeper divide — a clash between Canadian laws and those set by First Nations — says one legal scholar.

Champagne says Canada, allies deserve answers on downed UIA Flight PS752: Chris Hall

This week on The House, Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne joins Chris Hall to offer his reaction to an intense week in Canadian foreign relations and provide a sense of what comes next. Then, a panel of MPs reflect on how the crash of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752 is reverberating across the country. Plus, Iran is an emerging player in the global disinformation game. In the wake of military tension between the U.S. and Iran this past week, false narratives have taken over the internet and infiltrated legitimate sources of news. BuzzFeed news reporter Jane Lytvynenko joins Chris Hall to unpack this troubling issue. And as Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs and supporters rally in British Columbia to support the Gidimt’en and Unist’ot’en front-lines following the eviction of Coastal Gaslink workers from Wet’suwet’en territory, Chris Hall catches up with Chantelle Bellrichard, a B.C.-based CBC Reporter with the Indigenous Unit.

Iran's disinformation machine

Countries like Russia and China might be dominating the disinformation game, but Iran is emerging as an important player on the scene, warn two experts following the country’s online tactics. 

'Connecting with people': The quest for common ground on climate change

Atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe and sustainable energy economist Mark Jaccard join host Chris Hall to talk about how to talk about climate change. Plus, we speak with Donald Savoie, scholar of Canadian public administration, about his magnum opus Democracy in Canada: The Disintegration of Our Institutions, and discuss tackling social isolation with Baroness Diana Barran, the U.K.’s "minister of loneliness".

A year in review: The House 2019 political quiz

As 2019 draws to a close, how much do you remember about it? It's time for The House's annual end-of-year political quiz. Play along with our panel of journalists and test your knowledge. 

Canada doesn't need diplomacy tips from China, foreign minister says

This week on The House, Champagne joins us to discuss the China question, infrastructure and city planning expert Nadine Ibrahim talks about high-speed rail and Chris Hall talks with former political strategists David Herle, Jenni Byrne and Scott Reid of the Herle Burly podcast.

Will Canada ever get high-speed rail?

Canada's entire relationship with high speed rail has been the topic of countless studies. A dozen proposals have popped up over the past few decades. Faster rail is even in the minister of transportation's new mandate letter. And still, nothing. So what's the hold-up?

How to talk about politics in a very political year

It was the breakout year of the Canadian political podcast. Whether it was the aftermath of the SNC-Lavalin scandal, the lead-up to the federal election or the new minority government, podcasters had no shortage of things to talk about. So what does it take to stand out?

Parents of Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan say a memorial is more important than an inquiry

This week on The House, two Conservatives join us to talk about what's next for the party now that Andrew Scheer has resigned. Bloc MP Stephane Bergeron lays out his party's demands to work co-operatively with the Liberals. Finally, the parents of a soldier who died in Afghanistan talk about media reports saying that the war was a failure.

Conservatives focused on unity, says Candice Bergen

The Conservative Party will put the emphasis on unity going forward following Andrew Scheer resignation announcement, said Opposition House Leader Candice Bergen.

Alberta and Quebec have different arguments for separation, says Bloc MP

A Bloc MP says Alberta doesn't have the same case for special status in the federation that Quebec does.