The House with Chris Hall



The House: Will Doug Ford pay a price for deploying the notwithstanding clause?

Some constitutional experts see the notwithstanding clause as a tool for emergency use only — but past experience suggests politicians don't pay a price for using it.

CBC Radio's The House: Confronting hate in Canada

On this week's show: Liberal, Conservative and NDP MPs discuss how politicians should work to confront Islamophobia in Canada. Independent senator and G7 veteran Peter Boehm takes a wide view of this weekend's summit. And CBC's Murray Brewster reports on what's topping the agenda in Cornwall. Plus — a debate over Ontario's use of the notwithstanding clause and a look at incentivizing vaccine uptake.

The House: Is it past time Canada had an Indigenous governor general?

Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc isn’t saying how many names of possible candidates for governor general will be sent to the prime minister — or whether the search committee has been instructed to include a nominee with an Indigenous background.

CBC Radio's The House: Truth, faith and reconciliation

On this week’s show: Indigenous advocates react to the federal action plan to address violence against Indigenous women and girls and Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett talks about making that plan a reality. Plus — Minister Dominic LeBlanc zeroes in on the search for a new governor general and a former Supreme Court judge discusses his landmark report on reforming the military's justice system.

Garneau predicts sanctions will weaken and isolate Belarusian strongman Lukashenko

Canada's foreign affairs minister says he's confident a new round of economic sanctions will further isolate Belarus — even as neighbouring Russia dismisses international outrage over the forced landing of an international flight carrying a prominent dissident.

CBC Radio's The House: Canada condemns Belarus

On this week’s show: Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau responds to the arrest of a dissident journalist in Belarus and an expert panel looks at whether Canada’s condemnation of the act goes far enough. Plus — a political scientist explores the federal response to Quebec’s language bill, a teen activist discusses climate lawsuits against governments and a law professor sets up Canada’s anticipated military justice review.

More homework while learning less: Students open up about pandemic schooling

Education systems throughout Canada have had to improvise their way through the COVID-19 pandemic, often with detrimental effects on learning and mental health. As the country looks to reopen, teens and experts discuss the best way forward.

Youth job prospects face 'long-term scarring' from pandemic, says employment minister

Canadians graduating from high school or entering the job market now are at risk of long-term damage to their job prospects because of the pandemic, says Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough.

CBC Radio's The House: Generation COVID

On this week’s show: A special edition of The House examines the impact of COVID-19 on Canada’s youth, as three teens reflect on the consequences of closing schools and a panel of education experts explore how Canada can ensure kids don’t fall behind. Plus: Manitoba’s education minister discusses reforms to his province’s school system and Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough talks about blunting the negative effects of graduating in a pandemic.

Inside Canada's politician podcasting boom

Canadian politicians are flocking to the podcasting medium as a way to reach their constituents, raise their profile and, some experts say, circumvent the mainstream media to maintain a preferred narrative.

'I'll do whatever I have to': N.S. Premier Iain Rankin doubles down on lockdown

Nova Scotia’s Premier Iain Rankin says he’ll continue to use every legal means available to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the province — even if the effort ends up limiting individual rights.

CBC Radio's The House: Breaking the third wave

On this week’s show: Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin discusses his province’s efforts to fight its third wave of COVID-19. Plus — hear a panel of political strategists take on the Trudeau ethics probe, Bill C-10 and Quebec language laws; a dive into why some Indigenous groups support the shutdown of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline; a report on the rise of politician-hosted podcasts; and a look at the fate of summer camps during the pandemic.

CBC Radio's The House: Pipeline politics and Alberta's COVID crisis

On this week’s show: Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. Kirsten Hillman weighs in on Michigan’s efforts to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline next week. CBC’s Rosemary Barton runs through PMO chief of staff Katie Telford’s testimony at the Commons defence committee. Plus: a look at Alberta’s COVID-19 crisis, the fallout from U.S. troops withdrawing from Afghanistan and political cartoons in the post-Trump era.

'They would like to forget about him': Michael de Adder on cartooning Trump

Canadian political cartoonist Michael de Adder says people aren't interested in lampooning Donald Trump right now, but the former president won't let them forget him. He says he intends to draw cartoons that are critical of the Biden administration in the U.S. — just as he criticizes both sides in Canada.

Diplomat in training: Ralph Goodale talks Huawei, China and trade as he takes up London posting

Ralph Goodale spent his final years in the federal cabinet as Public Safety minister, handling the most serious national security threats facing the country. Now, as he takes up his new post as Canada’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom, he tells CBC News that one of those critical, unresolved files from his cabinet days is in someone else's hands.

CBC Radio's The House: Should Canada issue vaccine passports?

On this week’s show: Health Minister Patty Hajdu weighs in on the current state of the pandemic and the prospect of vaccine passports. Former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour discusses her role in a new independent review into sexual misconduct in the military. Plus — a special report on the 2011 election, 10 years later; a debate over whether Canada should issue vaccine passports; and an interview with incoming High Commissioner to the U.K. Ralph Goodale.

Canada's not trailing the world on climate action, environment minister insists

Canada’s environment minister insists the federal government's commitment to reduce climate changing emissions by 40 to 45 per cent below 2005 levels over the next decade is just as ambitious as the higher targets announced this week by other western nations.

CBC Radio's The House: How ambitious are Canada's climate commitments?

On this week’s show: Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson maps out Canada’s new emissions targets and climate experts provide their takes. Then, COP26 president Alok Sharma weighs in on the U.K.’s climate goals. Plus, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey discusses the federal budget and aid for Ontario, and two Conservative strategists analyze Premier Doug Ford’s apology to Ontarians.

Child care experts say they're looking for sustained funding in federal budget

The Liberal government has been dropping heavy hints that Monday's budget sets aside money to establish an accessible national child care program — but child care advocates say that funding has to be around for the long haul.

CBC Radio's The House: Ontario's dire COVID-19 outlook

On this week’s show: The president of the Canadian Medical Association talks about the strain COVID-19 is imposing on Canada’s health systems as Ontario announces sweeping restrictions to curb record caseloads. Conservative environment critic Dan Albas discusses his party’s climate change plan. And we have a look-ahead to child care in next week’s federal budget, a discussion about waiving vaccine patents and an assessment of the Canada-India relationship.

Liberal, NDP insiders weigh in on the battle to win the progressive vote

As the Liberals and New Democrats staged duelling party policy conventions today, party insiders said they also signalled they're going to be battling each other over many of the same ideas — and voters.

CBC Radio's The House: Campaigning for Canada's progressive voters

On this week’s show: The B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s Mel Krajden examines the rise in COVID-19 variant cases. Plus: Liberal Party President Suzanne Cowan talks priorities during that party’s policy convention; two NDP MPs reflect on their own policy convention; and Liberal strategist David Herle and NDP National Director Anne McGrath weigh in on efforts to woo progressive voters. Former governor general Michaëlle Jean also shares memories of the late Prince Philip.

Researcher says coronavirus variants could require annual vaccinations, like the flu

A leading Canadian virologist says people could get annual COVID-19 shots in the future as the virus continues to mutate and produce new variants.

CBC Radio's The House: Lock down, open up, repeat

On this week’s show: ER doctor Lisa Salamon and molecular virologist Marc-André Langlois weigh in on the variant-driven surge of COVID-19 cases across much of Canada. Plus: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh discusses his party’s policy convention. A Michigan state senator reacts to the potential shutdown of the Line 5 pipeline. And The House looks at two proposals up for debate in next week’s Liberal and NDP conventions — universal basic income and a wealth tax.

Canada's sanctions are sending China a 'message,' says Garneau

Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau compares dealing with China on the international stage to standing up to a schoolyard bully.