The House

CBC Radio's The House: Planes, trains and vaccines

On this week’s show: Transport Minister Omar Alghabra describes mandatory vaccination rules for travellers and federal workers. Premier Blaine Higgs explains New Brunswick’s latest restrictions, tightened for Thanksgiving weekend. Plus — CBC’s Bartley Kives looks at the race to become Manitoba’s next PC premier, former Conservative MP James Cumming outlines his forthcoming review of the party’s election performance, and two disinformation experts discuss possible efforts to rein in Facebook.

Here is what's on this week's episode of The House

An air passenger wears a face mask while walking through Montréal–Trudeau International Airport in December 2020. New rules announced this week will soon require travellers on planes, trains and most marine vessels to be vaccinated against COVID-19. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
On this week’s show: Transport Minister Omar Alghabra describes mandatory vaccination rules for travellers and federal workers. Premier Blaine Higgs explains New Brunswick’s latest restrictions, tightened for Thanksgiving weekend. Plus — CBC’s Bartley Kives looks at the race to become Manitoba’s next PC premier, former Conservative MP James Cumming outlines his forthcoming review of the party’s election performance, and two disinformation experts discuss possible efforts to rein in Facebook. 48:03

Another shot at increasing vaccination rates

All Canadians hoping to travel on trains, planes and most marine vessels will soon need to be vaccinated

But can rail and airline workers be expected to check and enforce each traveller's vaccination status? And what about those who might exploit built-in exceptions for religious and medical needs? Transport Minister Omar Alghabra joins the program to discuss.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra discusses new mandatory vaccination rules for workers in the federally regulated transportation sector, as well as travellers. 6:44

New Brunswick's renewed COVID-19 crisis

New Brunswick this week became the latest province to implement new public health measures meant to curb the spread of COVID-19, as daily case counts spike there — just in time for Thanksgiving. 

Premier Blaine Higgs joins The House to discuss the restrictions aimed at discouraging large social gatherings over the holiday weekend.

Premier Blaine Higgs discusses new restrictions aimed at discouraging large social gatherings over Thanksgiving weekend in New Brunswick. 7:44

The race to become Manitoba's next premier

At the end of the month, Manitoba's Progressive Conservatives will pick a new leader — a successor to Brian Pallister, who stepped down at the end of the summer with one of the lowest approval ratings among Canada's premiers.

Two women are in the running for the top job: former provincial health minister Heather Stefanson and former federal cabinet minister Shelly Glover. CBC's Bartley Kives speaks to both candidates and examines the state of the race, which could leave Manitoba's first female premier perched on the edge of a so-called "glass cliff".

CBC’s Bartley Kives dissects the race to become Manitoba’s next PC premier and speaks to candidates Shelly Glover and Heather Stefanson — one of whom will become the first woman to lead the province. 7:00

Conservatives eager for '360' campaign review

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole announced this week further details of a comprehensive post-campaign review — "a 360 review on where we fell short, what we did right," as he told reporters. 

Leading that review is James Cumming, former MP for Edmonton Centre, who's expected to deliver a report before the end of the year on how the party's platform and communication strategy resonated with voters. He sits down with Chris Hall to discuss the hefty task ahead.

James Cumming, former MP for Edmonton Centre, sits down with Chris Hall to discuss his forthcoming review of the Conservatives’ election performance. 6:40

A departing 'pandemic MP'

Kenny Chiu calls himself a "pandemic MP." The former Conservative MP for Steveston–Richmond East, who was first elected in 2019 and lost his seat a few weeks ago, hadn't even opened his constituency office by the time the pandemic began. 

Chiu also said some of his work as an MP was undermined by unnamed and unsourced Chinese-language articles that floated around the popular WeChat social media site, used widely by Chinese Canadians. And he said that any Conservative policy that was critical of Chinese state policy was seen as being anti-Chinese.

Chris Hall went to meet Chiu as he was packing up his office on Parliament Hill to discuss the challenges posed by social media disinformation. 

Former Conservative MP Kenny Chiu talks about the struggle to settle in as a “pandemic MP” and his efforts to fight what he saw as misinformation circling among Chinese-Canadians during the campaign. 7:47

Regulating Facebook

Whistleblower Frances Haugen told a U.S. Senate committee this week that she believes stricter government oversight could alleviate the dangers she said Facebook poses to democracy. 

The social media giant has been accused of pursuing profits over safety — and of fuelling misinformation and polarization and harming teenagers.

Harvard's Jane Lytvynenko and McGill's Taylor Owen join The House to discuss what Canadian legislators should do to rein in Facebook.

Disinformation experts Jane Lytvynenko and Taylor Owen explore legislative efforts to rein in Facebook and this week’s new whistleblower revelations. 9:55

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now