The House with Chris Hall


China's live-fire exercises off Taiwan an 'unnecessary escalation,' defence minister says

Canada's defence minister says there's no justification for the Chinese military's live-fire exercises off Taiwan. Anita Anand says it's an "unnecessary escalation" following the visit of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island.

CBC Radio's The House: Can Ukraine hold on?

On this week’s show: Ukrainian journalist Serhii Prokopenko tells guest host Murray Brewster about covering the war in his homeland. Defence expert Phillip Karber, who has advised both Ukraine and NATO, discusses the evolution of the conflict. Plus — Defence Minister Anita Anand talks about Canada’s support for arming and training the Ukrainian military, and The House travels to Kitchener, Ont. to talk to Green MP Mike Morrice for our summer series.

The Pope said he's sorry. So what's next for reconciliation?

During a conversation with his son, Niigaan Sinclair, on a special episode of CBC Radio's The House, former Truth and Reconciliation Commission chair Murray Sinclair said the Pope's apology did not go far enough and more work remains on key areas for reconciliation.

CBC Radio's The House: TRC calls to action — what's next?

On this week’s show: In a special edition of The House, guest host Niigaan Sinclair sits down for a conversation with his father, Murray Sinclair, to discuss what the former Truth and Reconciliation Commission chair and senator thinks about the Pope’s apology. Plus — in-depth looks into how much progress has been made on fulfilling the TRC calls to action around key issues like justice, health and education.

Oil and gas industry could get more time to meet 2030 emissions targets, minister says

Canada's environment minister says the federal government could give oil and gas companies more time to fully meet 2030 emissions reduction targets.

CBC Radio's The House: Capping emissions, comparing campaigns

On this week’s show: Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault explains the federal government’s proposals for emissions reductions in the oil and gas industry. Two journalists break down the similarities and differences between the leadership race for Alberta's United Conservative Party and the one for federal Conservatives. Plus — our summer series takes us to rural Nova Scotia to meet Conservative MP Chris d’Entremont, and author Dale Eisler discusses the evolution of Saskatchewan politics.

CBC Radio's The House: Haggling over health care

On this week’s show: Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey talks about the premiers’ calls for additional health-care spending and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc gives Ottawa’s perspective. Plus — two digital policy experts discuss whether the Rogers outage might shake up the industry in Canada, and our summer series travels to B.C. to meet NDP MP Bonita Zarrillo.

CBC Radio's The House: Leadership and loss

On this week’s show: B.C. Premier John Horgan talks about the push to secure health-care funding from the feds. Two journalists discuss the disqualification of CPC leadership candidate Patrick Brown. Plus — former ambassador to Japan Ian Burney talks about the assassination of Shinzo Abe, a special summer series kicks off with a profile of Bloc MP Nathalie Sinclair-Desgagné and U.K. Tory MP Huw Merriman discusses the fall of Boris Johnson.

Canadian, American officials optimistic on democracy despite 'concerning cocktail' of threats

Politicians on both sides of the border are expressing confidence that Canada and the United States can both continue to have a strong, friendly relationship and bolster the strength of their democracies, despite a series of threats arising from partisan division, frustration and economic unease.

CBC Radio's The House: ♫ We are family ♫

On this week’s show: U.S. Ambassador David Cohen kicks off a special episode on the Canada-U.S. relationship. Canadian senator Peter Boehm and the governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, discuss the state of democracy in both countries. Plus — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland gives her take on the bilateral relationship and NORAD commander Gen. Glen VanHerck talks about efforts to modernize the continental air defence force.

CBC Radio's The House: Justin Trudeau talks COVID, convoys and chaos

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Trudeau defends vax mandates, Emergencies Act decision, in interview

Justin Trudeau says people who chose not to be vaccinated against COVID-19 must accept the consequences of those decisions, including lost employment and restricted access to transportation and other services.

Trudeau says passport delays are 'unacceptable,' promises the government will 'step up'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising to do more to fix what he calls an "unacceptable" state of affairs at the country's passport offices that have been overwhelmed in recent days as thousands of Canadians scramble to get their hands on the necessary documents before travelling abroad.

O'Toole claims Chinese interference in 2021 election flipped Tory ridings — but experts urge caution

Former Conservative leader Erin O'Toole argues interference from China, spreading anti-Conservative misinformation, played a role in losing several ridings in the last federal election.

Erin O'Toole wants his party to find a 'balance' between conservatism and populism. What if it doesn't?

Erin O’Toole, who was dumped as Conservative leader in February, sounds a little bit worried. But his concerns might eventually point to a very big question for moderate Conservatives.

CBC Radio's The House: After rejection comes reflection for Erin O'Toole

On this week’s show: Erin O’Toole opens up about the challenges he faced as Conservative leader and the party dynamics at play in the race to choose his replacement. Plus — two journalists break down the latest in that campaign and Business Council of Canada CEO Goldy Hyder offers his take on the fight against inflation. Then, the captain of a British navy vessel details her ship’s extended Canadian visit this summer.

Immigration minister says he's working on a faster path to permanence for temporary residents

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser says his government is preparing to create a program that would help to speed up the process of turning newcomers in Canada under temporary permits into permanent residents.

CBC Radio's The House: Backlogs, backlogs, backlogs

On this week’s show: Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie talks about the long delays at Toronto Pearson airport. Migration expert Andrew Selee discusses an agreement on migration signed by leaders at the Summit of the Americas. Plus — The House digs deep into immigration policy in Canada, hearing from immigrants, experts and minister Sean Fraser. And two food policy experts weigh in on the growing global food problem caused by the war in Ukraine.

When it comes to stopping gun violence, it's all about the border, critics say

Critics of the government's proposed new restrictions on firearms in Canada say gun smuggling from the United States remains a key factor in the problem of gun violence in this country.

CBC Radio's The House: Big moves on guns, drugs

On this week’s show: An NDP MP discusses his defeated proposal to decriminalize drug possession across the country. A mother whose son was killed in a shooting, a border community leader, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino and his Conservative critic Raquel Dancho all weigh in on the problem of gun violence and firearms smuggling in Canada. Plus — two journalists talk about the Ontario election and its implications for the federal Conservative leadership race.

CBC Radio's The House: Weathering more storms

On this week’s show: Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair talks about how Canada can get ready for the next big storm. Three strategists discuss the final days of the Ontario election. Plus — teenagers weigh in on a proposal to lower the voting age to 16, a law professor discusses Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s next Supreme Court pick and communications expert Andrew MacDougall talks about Boris Johnson’s partygate scandal.

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.