In House: Breaking down Trans Mountain and Daniel Jean's committee appearance
Journalists Susan Delacourt and Joël-Denis Bellavance chat with Chris Hall about this week in politics
This week, our In House panel joined host Chris Hall to break down the news on the Kinder Morgan pipeline, the upcoming appearance of the national security adviser before a parliamentary committee and look ahead to the Liberal convention in Halifax next weekend.
Question: What's going to happen at this weekend's meeting and why did Justin Trudeau feel the need to meet face to face with John Horgan and Rachel Notley?
Susan Delacourt: "I think Justin Trudeau has to be seen to be on this. This has been an escalating situation since last weekend and the prime minister can't be seen to be hanging around in Peru or flitting around the country or the world when tempers have now risen to a fever kind of pitch."
Joël-Denis Bellavance: "It looks to me from the Ottawa bubble … that the prime minister has rolled the dice on this issue, because there has to be one result for the prime minister, which is British Columbia backing down on its opposition -- and it doesn't look like it's going to happen on Sunday."
Question: Daniel Jean, the national security adviser, is set to appear before a Parliamentary committee on Monday to discuss what he told reporters during the prime minister's trip to India. What's the calculation and the risk of having him testify?
Susan Delacourt: "I've been fascinated to see the evolution of opposition to this, you know it's gone from 'Mr. Jean will go nowhere near this to suddenly he's talking and coming out next week. I think the Conservatives are calculating there's still enough bubbling out there in the country about this India trip that this is a good angle for them."
Question: The Liberal policy convention is coming up next week, against the backdrop of these ongoing issues, so what are you going to be paying attention to?
Joël-Denis Bellavance: "I'll be looking at pipelines: The reactions of Liberals from Alberta versus the reaction of Liberals from British Columbia [and] whether the fight that we're seeing now between two provincial cousins will also spread to the Liberal family."