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'Confrontational approach' not best way forward for Albertan economy, says Calgary business association head

Danielle Smith's recently introduced Alberta Sovereignty Act doesn't bode well for the province's economy, says Deborah Yedlin, president and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. Strategists Zain Velji and Melissa Caouette unpack the politics behind the controversial legislation.

CBC Radio's The House: Unprecedented powers for Alberta

On this week’s show: The CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and two political strategists talk about the Alberta Sovereignty Act. The head of a gun control group discusses the uproar over amendments to a firearms bill. Experts Vina Nadjibulla and Jeff Nankivell analyze Canada’s Indo-Pacific strategy. Plus — the EU executive’s vice-president outlines Europe’s energy needs in the face of the ongoing war in Ukraine.
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Will Danielle Smith's sovereignty act find support among Albertans?

Topping Premier Danielle Smith list of legislative priorities is the Alberta Sovereignty Within a United Canada Act, a way for Alberta to refuse to enforce federal laws the province finds jurisdictionally intrusive. But neither Smith, nor the Act, appear to have strong support in the polls.

CBC Radio's The House: Trudeau takes the stand at the Emergencies Act inquiry

On this week’s show: The prime minister appeared at the Emergencies Act inquiry — journalists Tonda MacCharles and Paul Wells discuss his testimony. Then, the mayor of a town devastated by floods reacts to the new National Adaptation Strategy. Plus — Elizabeth May and Jonathan Pedneault explain how they’ll co-lead the Greens, The House looks into Alberta’s upcoming Sovereignty Act and Estonian President Alar Karis discusses Russian aggression.

Estonia's president warns of Russia's 'imperial' ambitions

'This imperial gene is there, so you can silence it for a while or suppress it, but at some point, it will activate again,' said Estonian President Alar Karis in conversation with Catherine Cullen, host of The House. Karis, whose small Baltic country shares almost 300 kilometres of border with Russia, warned about Russia's threat to the region.

CBC Radio's The House: The fight against Russian aggression, Chinese interference

On this week’s show: On the sidelines of the Halifax Security Forum, The House speaks with a troop commander fighting for Ukraine about the stakes for her country, U.S. senators James Risch and Jeanne Shaheen about American military aid, and Anita Anand on Canada’s contributions. Two experts break down the threat of Chinese espionage and election interference. Plus — journalists Susan Delacourt and Stuart Thomson discuss Trudeau’s G20 encounter with Xi and amplification of misinformation on Iran.

Environment minister says he's not bothered by oil sector's prominence at COP27

Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says Canadians should pay attention to the action on climate change being taken by the international community — not the presence of hundreds of oil and gas representatives at COP27.

CBC Radio's The House: Kids stuck in hospital, negotiations stuck in the mud

On this week’s show: The head of a children’s hospital talks about his efforts to cope with rising admissions, and health columnist André Picard explains developments in ongoing funding negotiations. From the sidelines of COP27, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault discusses his government’s emissions plan. Plus — historian Anne Applebaum talks about what a possible end to the conflict in Ukraine might look like.

CBC Radio's The House: Is Freeland doing enough for struggling Canadians?

On this week’s show: The House hears from a Canadian struggling to keep up with rising costs and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland details the government’s plan for the economy. Extremism expert Barbara Perry discusses what she saw this week at the Emergencies Act inquiry. Plus — the CBC’s Jennifer Chevalier takes an in-depth look at the debate over the notwithstanding clause, and two experts analyze the potential effects of new immigration targets.

The MP to mayor pipeline: Why so many provincial and federal politicians are heading to city hall

Dozens of new mayors recently elected in municipal races across the country previously served as MPs or members of provincial legislatures.

Why Joly says she'll come to the table with Russia, China — even if she doesn't like it

Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly says she believes in engaging with states like Russia and China as a way to promote global peace and security and to maintain Canada's influence in global affairs.

CBC Radio's The House — Battle for influence: Canada's foreign minister on dealing with a dangerous world

On this week’s show: The House digs into Canada’s changing foreign policy, hearing from Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, before former diplomat Michael Small and the Business Council of Canada’s Goldy Hyder discuss the concept of “friendshoring.” Then, the CBC’s Emma Godmere looks into the trend of federal and provincial politicians taking up municipal roles. Plus — two journalists break down this week at the Emergencies Act inquiry.

Federal minister says she's 'shocked' by suggestion of assisted deaths for some babies

Canada's minister of disability inclusion says she's offended by a Quebec doctor's suggestion that infants less than a year old should have access to medically assisted death if they are unlikely to survive and are dealing with severe health issues.

CBC Radio's The House: Minister calls for culture shift on disabilities

On this week’s show: Two experts discuss the impact of calls for reform, public inquiries and high-profile crises affecting policing in Canada. The House hears from someone with a disability about her struggles to get by, and Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Minister Carla Qualtrough explains why a new benefit could be a “once in a generation” piece of legislation. Plus — 45 years after Commons proceedings were first broadcast and The House first went to air, two former MPs stroll down memory lane.

Gov. Gen. Mary Simon says media's portrayal of trip expenses was 'unfair' but changes could be in the works

Governor General Mary Simon says that while she thinks the way catering expenses for her trip to the Middle East in March were portrayed in the media was "unfair," a review is underway to minimize the cost of future voyages.

CBC Radio's The House — Ukraine war is risk to whole world, Governor General says

On this week’s show: Journalists Susan Delacourt and Matt Gurney analyze the first days of the inquiry into the use of the Emergencies Act and its potential political fallout. Governor General Mary Simon discusses Arctic security and spending on her diplomatic trips. Plus, a Ukrainian MP describes her view of the war, and the head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine talks about tracking human rights abuses during the conflict.

Thousands are still in the dark after Fiona. Here's how Canada can protect its power grid

Experts say Canada's electrical grid needs some serious investment — and reinvention — if it's going to both expand massively in a bid to fight climate change and become more resilient to natural disasters.

CBC Radio's The House: Will Alberta's new premier cause constitutional chaos?

On this week’s show: Alberta has a new premier. Danielle Smith discusses her province’s relationship with Ottawa, and two strategists weigh in on what this leadership change means for the rest of Canada. Plus — we hear from women inside Iran who are protesting their government, and a foreign affairs analyst breaks down new measures from Canada. Plus, two energy experts talk about what this country needs to do to expand and secure its electrical grid.

In Fiona's wake, politicians reflect on Canadians' kindness after natural disasters

MPs Matthew Kelloway and Brad Vis reflect on lessons learned from helping their communities cope with major natural disasters.

CBC Radio's The House: After Fiona, is Canada ready for the next disaster?

On this week’s show: Two MPs whose ridings have been struck by natural disasters discuss how to deal with the emotional toll, the immediate cleanup and the long-term rebuild. The House looks into whether Canada should have a dedicated disaster relief force and Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino responds to the federal-provincial battle over firearms restrictions. Plus — Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Alika Lafontaine reflects on reconciliation in the health-care sector.

Bob Rae says Ukraine should get all the weapons Canada can find

The word "hawk" and the name Bob Rae are seldom found in the same sentence — except when it comes to Ukraine.

CBC Radio's The House: Can Putin's war be stopped?

On this week’s show: UN Ambassador Bob Rae discusses Russia’s limited mobilization and the evolving war in Ukraine, MPs Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and Don Davies talk about a review of Canada’s cannabis rules and CBC reporter Kate McKenna digs into the issue of immigration in the current Quebec election. Plus — political scientist Jared Wesley and pollster Christian Bourque compare and contrast sovereignty movements in Alberta and Quebec.

Welcome, Catherine Cullen — the new host of The House!

Catherine Cullen is the new host of CBC Radio's The House, joining the program after eight years in CBC's parliamentary bureau.

With a fall brawl looming in Parliament, some MPs hope for a more civil session

The first face-to-face showdown between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the newly-minted Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is set to happen this week. But while political fireworks are expected, some MPs are hoping to lower the temperature on Parliament Hill this fall.

CBC Radio's The House: What can politicians do about the cost of living?

On this week’s show: A mother of four talks about her struggle to cope with the rising cost of living, and two experts weigh in on how political parties might address the problem. Plus, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh talks about new measures on affordability announced this week, and journalists Paul Wells and Tonda MacCharles talk about the return of Parliament and Pierre Poilievre’s first week as leader of the federal Conservatives.

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