The Housewith Chris Hall


Midweek podcast: Calgary Olympics' failure to launch

This week on The House midweek podcast, Chris Hall hears from two Calgary city councillors with differing opinions on the city's failed Olympics bid, and an Olympics expert weighs in on whether the Games' reputation is too tarnished for taxpayers.

In House panel: Recapping the week in politics

Even though it was a shorter-than-normal week in the House of Commons, it was a busy one. From an announcement that Bombardier would slice jobs to a sexting scandal involving an MP, there was a lot to digest. We convened a special panel to revisit some of the big moments of the week

Is it too late to do anything about Bombardier?

NDP parliamentary leader Guy Caron says a transparent process is needed when it comes to government subsidies for companies like Bombardier, so that massive job cuts can be avoided.

The House: Welcome to the data economy

This week on The House, the UK's data watchdog blasts Canada's political parties for a lack of transparency around how they use voters' personal information, and a researcher walks us through how she uses data from Statistics Canada to do her job. The NDP's parliamentary leader Guy Caron reacts to Bombardier's massive job cuts, our In House panel tackles Tony Clement's extortion scandal, and Chris visits a special WWI commemoration exhibit in Ottawa.

Advice and answers on what's going on with your data

A popular warning from parents to their kids goes something along the lines of "if you put it on the Internet, it'll stay there forever." Government and businesses are beginning to learn that lesson the hard way — not only is the online world increasing in scope and size, but so are the threats to personal information.

U.K. data watchdog blasts Canadian political parties' data handling

Canada's political parties have a privacy problem — and with less than a year to go until the next federal election, it's more critical than ever that Canadians start asking hard questions about how they're handling personal data, says the United Kingdom's information commissioner.

Midweek podcast: How to shake up political campaigns, Macron-style

This week on the midweek podcast: Guillaume Liegey is revolutionizing political campaigns, from Emmanuel Macron's 2016 win to races across Europe. He shares his insights into mobilizing voters and doing positive politics in the digital world. Plus: the UNHCR's Assistant High Commissioner Volker Turk on how to move beyond the politicization of migrants and refugees.

Spotlight is on Canada heading into the G20, former PM Martin says

Former prime minister Paul Martin says now is the perfect time for Canada to step into a global leadership role and become a standard-bearer for human rights.

Carbon tax could be coming to the U.S., congressman says

Despite President Donald Trump's claim that climate change is a "hoax" (a claim he later retracted) and his assurances that the planet "will change back again," one congressman says there's a consensus growing in the House of Representatives that could lead to a price on carbon emissions.

The House: Midterms and a rise in populism

This week on The House, we talk with Democrat Congressman Ted Deutch on the upcoming U.S. midterms and what a potential shift in the House of Representatives could mean for the House of Commons. Also, Chris Hall chats with former Prime Minister Paul Martin about the shift towards more protectionist leaders heading G20 nations.

Midweek podcast: Pay equity and jurors' mental health

This week on the midweek podcast, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu walks us through the government's pay equity legislation and we talk to a former juror about a new mental health bill aimed at the justice system.

On the cusp of CP-TPP

On the trade watch, New Zealand is predicting the CP-TPP will hit an important milestone on the road to opening up a block that does more than $425 billion in trade each year.

How partisanship can breed anger and violence

Encouraging citizens to hate people of other political stripes could have devastating implications for democracy, according to an expert.

Ottawa's rebate announcement not swaying Ontario's carbon price position

Ontario is sticking to their carbon price fight, even in the wake of rebate announcements for Canadians from the federal government.

The House: Courting China on trade and human rights

This week on The House, Canada's ambassador to China on the Liberal government's upcoming trade trip, New Zealand's Trade Minister David Parker on reforming the WTO and the CPTPP, and the threat that unchecked partisan rage poses for democracies.

Midweek podcast: Gimmick vs. climate incentive

The Liberals are sending a rebate to Canadian families (in four provinces) to offset the higher costs of a carbon tax. This week on The House midweek podcast we ask Environment Minister Catherine McKenna if the incentive payout will pay off in 2019.

The House: Tariff troubles persist

This week on The House, we talk about the remaining U.S. tariffs with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. We also take a look at food security in Canada's North, and examine how Canadians can prepare for fake news ahead of the 2019 election.

'They're wrong': Foreign Affairs minister rejects claim USMCA ties Canada's hands on trade

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says that anyone who thinks the new trilateral North American trade agreement limits Canada's trade sovereignty is misguided.

Advice in the age of trolls: Think before you click

With the next federal election exactly a year away, a social media researcher is warning Canadians to be wary of what they see online.

Feeding the north

Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs Minister Minister Dominic LeBlanc is promising changes to the federal government's northern food security subsidy program in the coming weeks, acknowledging that Nutrition North has "lost its way."

Midweek podcast: Legal pot is here

This week on The House midweek podcast, we talk to Magog, Que., Mayor Vicki-May Hamm about the remaining concerns municipalities have now that cannabis is legal. We also ask MP John McKay about the visit of Kentucky businesses to Canada and their message on trade.

Kentucky businesses stockpile products subject to tariffs

Kentucky is best known for horses, bourbon and a certain brand of fried chicken. What most people don't realize is that the state is an emerging manufacturing powerhouse south of the border.

How a midterm race in Kentucky could have implications for a nation

The US midterm elections are less than a month away and one of the most interesting races for the House of Representatives is in Kentucky's sixth congressional district.

Tariffs: National security consideration or money grab?

A trade deal may have been reached between the three North American countries, but tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum remain — and so do the retaliatory duties on American products. Why? Kentucky's governor says it's a cash grab by the Canadian government.

Ambassadors preparing to tackle fallout from NAFTA

The U.S. ambassador to Canada is now dealing with the fallout of the uncertainty caused by over a year of tense NAFTA negotiations.