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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.

Midweek podcast: How is the Liberal caucus dealing with the SNC-Lavalin affair?

This week, we talk to Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia about what effect the SNC-Lavalin controversy involving the PMO and former attorney general is having on his party's caucus.

The House: The damage done by the SNC-Lavalin scandal

This week on The House, we take a deep dive into the allegations involving SNC-Lavalin and the Prime Minister's Office. Chris Hall interviews experts to explore the inner political workings, the implications on Quebec and the legal weight of this case.

Midweek podcast: Can political parties come together to discuss the SNC-Lavalin scandal?

This week on the midweek podcast, we recap the emergency meeting of the House of Commons justice committee to discuss the SNC-Lavalin affair with MPs Anthony Housefather, Michael Cooper and Nathan Cullen.

The House: SNC-Lavalin bombshell rocks Parliament

This week on The House, we sit down with Justice Minister David Lametti to talk about the controversial SNC-Lavalin fraud case. We get an update on the NDP's fortunes leading into October's election from one of the party's campaign directors. And we chat with New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs and take a look at the impact of U.S. tariffs on Canadian businesses.

Midweek podcast: With tariffs on the table, where do Canada-U.S. relations stand?

This week on The House midweek podcast, we talk to CEO of the Canadian-American Business Council Maryscott Greenwood about Donald Trump's mention of Canada and trade in his State of the Union address - and what that means for the bilateral relationship

The House: Democracy in danger and battleground B.C.

How can the government's plan to fight fake news ensure the 2019 election is free from interference? Minister of Democratic Institutions Karina Gould speaks to CBC News' The House, and disinformation specialist Marcus Kolga shares his analysis of the strategy. Meanwhile, as British Columbia shapes up to be an election battleground in 2019, we look at the federal implications of a provincial byelection this week. And former senior diplomat and G7 sherpa Peter Boehm discusses Canada's role in the Venezuela crisis.

Midweek podcast: Obama's speechwriter on the playbook of populism

On The House midweek podcast, Sarada Peri, former senior speechwriter to Barack Obama, and Ryerson Leadership Lab's Karim Bardeesy discuss safeguarding democracy in the face of election interference and the playbook of populism. Then, former diplomat James Trottier, who led four Canadian diplomatic missions to North Korea, analyzes the differences between a U.S. intelligence assessment on the country's nuclear arsenal and President Donald Trump's assertions.

The House: Feds likely to hold onto pipeline past 2019 election

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Ottawa is likely to own the Trans Mountain pipeline past the next election. Meanwhile, Indigenous groups in Canada say they are serious about buying the pipeline, and they want the feds to start getting serious about it too. Plus: the new minister for rural economic development talks connectivity in Canada, and MPs debrief us on the closed door meeting with ambassador to China John McCallum.

Rural issues given spotlight with creation of new ministry

The newest member of Justin Trudeau's cabinet, Rural Economic Development Minister Bernadette Jordan, says rural connectivity will be her focus in this election year.

MPs want Trudeau to call China's president

Opposition MPs Erin O'Toole and Helene Laverdiere share their strategies for approaching the diplomatic spat with China.
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Midweek podcast: May Day in the U.K.

On the midweek podcast, Chris Hall talks to the former Canadian High Commissioner to the U.K., Jim Wright, about what's next for Brexit. Then, Liberal MP John McKay discusses his private member's bill that would stop Canada from importing goods produced by modern slavery.

The Brexit brink and a Green '19

This week on The House, Britain's High Commissioner looks ahead to Tuesday's critical Brexit vote and what a no-deal Brexit would mean for Canada. Then, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May joins Chris Hall to talk Green Party strategy as she hopes to capitalize on provincial momentum in this fall's federal election. Plus, the In House panel discusses January 'House cleaning' as Trudeau prepares for a cabinet shuffle.

Elizabeth May: 'If your one issue is survival, that's kind of a good issue'

Elizabeth May sees climate cracks in the three main parties' environmental strategies as they focus on duking it out over the carbon tax. Can the Greens position themselves as the leader on one of the ballot box issues going into an election year? The federal Green Party leader talks strategy with Chris.

Canada's climate change ambassador says ambition will increase with time

Patricia Fuller may not be a household name to most Canadians, but that's about to change as climate concerns continue to rise along with the global temperature. She says Canada's climate action will increase in ambition as technology shifts.

Midweek podcast: The politics of anger

Politics has always been a blood sport, but is it getting nastier than ever? As the federal election year kicks off, The House looks at why anger and fear are becoming more powerful factors in politics here in Canada and abroad.

The House: The Senate's 'sober second thought' and gearing up for the election

This week on The House, we sit down with Sen. Peter Harder to talk about the evolving Senate, amendments and lobbying. We also take a special tour of Parliament with House of Commons Speaker Geoff Regan. And we ask strategists from the three main federal parties how they're getting ready for October's election.

Tour Centre Block with the Speaker of the House of Commons

Canada's Parliament has welcomed prime ministers, kings, queens and presidents. Its chambers have handled legislation that has forever changed Canada, and its halls have seen scandal. And starting this month, its doors will be closed for a decade. Take a tour with Commons Speaker Geoff Regan.