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CBC Radio's The House: A federation under strain

On this week’s show: A special edition of The House examines the state of Canada’s federal system. Experts debate and dive deep into issues of governance, the climate crisis, education and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus — two departing MPs, Liberal Wayne Easter and Conservative Bruce Stanton, offer their takes on the state of Parliament as they near the end of a combined 43 years in the Commons.

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

This special edition of The House examines the state of Canada’s federal system, diving deep into issues of governance, education, climate change and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
On this week’s show: A special edition of The House examines the state of Canada’s federal system. Experts debate and dive deep into issues of governance, the climate crisis, education and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus — two departing MPs, Liberal Wayne Easter and Conservative Bruce Stanton, offer their takes on the state of Parliament as they near the end of a combined 43 years in the Commons. 50:02

Making federalism work for Canada

In this special episode of The House, experts discuss whether Canada's federal system is able to handle big crises and how the country has handled the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professors Jared Wesley of the University of Alberta, Daniel Béland of McGill and Katherine Fierlbeck of Dalhousie University talk about how the pandemic might affect governance going forward.

Federalism experts Jared Wesley, Daniel Béland and Katherine Fierlbeck discuss whether Ottawa’s relationship with the provinces and territories helped or hindered the response to a historic health crisis. 14:53

Out of many, one failure to tackle climate change

Professor and author Kathryn Harrison explains why she thinks the federalist system has undermined Canada's ability to tackle the climate crisis — thanks to a setup that seems to allow the provinces and Ottawa to "pass the buck."

Professor and author Kathryn Harrison examines the impact of federalism on Canada’s ability to tackle the climate crisis. 7:56

Does Canada need a federal minister of education?

Canada is the only major federation without a federal minister of education. Is it holding us back? 

Education experts Jennifer Wallner of the University of Ottawa and Paul Bennett of the Schoolhouse Institute debate how federalism has affected education in Canada and what advantages and drawbacks national oversight might offer.

Jennifer Wallner and Paul Bennett discuss federalism’s impact on education in Canada and the implications of national oversight of the system. 11:11

Departing MPs reflect on the state of Parliament in 2021

While MPs are officially scheduled to return to Parliament in September, a possible fall election would mean that those who have decided not to run again likely have appeared for the last time in the House of Commons. 

That group includes Liberal MP and finance committee chair Wayne Easter and Conservative MP and Deputy Speaker Bruce Stanton, who join The House to offer their takes on the state of collegiality and cooperation in Parliament as they near the end of a combined 43 years in the Commons.

Liberal MP Wayne Easter and Conservative MP Bruce Stanton sit down to discuss the potentially imminent conclusion of their parliamentary careers and the state of collegiality and cooperation in the Commons. 10:17

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