The House with Chris Hall


With hospitals overwhelmed, can Canada overhaul health care for the long term?

Two former health ministers say that there is no single solution to building a more robust health-care system for the long haul, but it does include more investment from the federal government.

Liberal MP backs anti-vax tax proposal as COVID cases surge

A Liberal MP who works as a medical doctor says he's in favour of making unvaccinated Canadians pay some kind of a special tax — and he believes others in his party agree.

CBC Radio's The House: Nursing the system back to health

On this week’s show: A mother shares her frustration over her son’s life-changing surgery being cancelled due to rising COVID-19 hospitalizations. MPs offer their thoughts on Quebec’s proposed health tax on unvaccinated people. A Montreal ER nurse reveals the burnout felt by frontline hospital workers, and two former health ministers discuss how to relieve pressure on Canada’s health care system. Plus — two pollsters examine the public mood in Ontario and Quebec ahead of this year’s provincial elections.

Learning to live with COVID: why some experts say it's time to 'manage' the virus

The lightning-fast spread of the Omicron variant is prompting some of the country’s top public health officials to rethink their approach to COVID-19 — and to acknowledge that Canadians should get used to living with the virus.

CBC Radio's The House: Living with COVID

On this week’s show: Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang discusses living with COVID as Omicron continues to spread. Two health policy experts dig into political leadership at this stage of the pandemic. Plus — a look at the historic $40 billion child welfare agreement struck by First Nations leaders and the federal government, and reflections on the storming of the U.S. Capitol, one year later.

CBC Radio's The House: Test your knowledge with our 2021 quiz

How many headlines do you remember from 2021? It’s time to test your knowledge with The House’s annual end-of-year quiz! Play along with our panel of journalists as host Chris Hall pitches questions about the biggest political stories from January through to December.

O'Toole says Conservatives are consulting on the 'unfair' Bill 21

Although he still maintains it's a matter Quebecers will have to settle for themselves, Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole says his party is consulting on its position on the controversial and "unfair" Bill 21.

CBC Radio's The House: Facing another tough holiday season

On this week’s show: Premier Tim Houston explains Nova Scotia’s response to a steep rise in COVID-19 cases and infectious diseases expert Dr. Lynora Saxinger contextualizes the threat of the Omicron variant. Opposition Leader Erin O’Toole reflects on a brief yet busy first sitting of Parliament. Minister Karina Gould talks about securing final federal child care deals. Plus — a conversation about Quebec’s Bill 21 and, in a podcast bonus, this year’s House of Commons Christmas poem.

As overdose deaths hit a grim new record, officials push Ottawa to stop treating addiction as a crime

As British Columbia marks another tragic milestone in overdose deaths, pressure is growing on the federal government to decriminalize personal possession of drugs, including opioids.

CBC Radio's The House: Tackling two pandemics

On this week’s show: Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos lays out what Canadians should know heading into the holidays, with COVID-19 cases on the rise. Mental Health and Addictions Minister Carolyn Bennett weighs in on the push to decriminalize illicit drugs, as The House reports on Canada's other health crisis — the rise in overdose deaths. Plus — a look at reimagining Canada’s national security strategy and a dive into inflation, the latest pandemic support bill and next week's fiscal update.

CBC Radio's The House: From delta to omicron

On this week’s show: Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino details new border restrictions and Peel Region’s medical officer of health Dr. Lawrence Loh discusses concerns about the omicron variant. Plus — two journalists break down the fast-tracking of the government’s bill banning conversion therapy, and The House offers an in-depth look at the legacy of Agnes Macphail, including conversations between the CBC’s Hannah Thibedeau and some of Canada’s most prominent female politicians.

A 20-year spike in inflation could put the bite on the Trudeau Liberals

Is the federal government to blame for a 20-year high in inflation? Economists say no, but that doesn't mean Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government won't shoulder some of the blame.

CBC Radio's The House: Bills, bills, bills

On this week’s show: Labour Minister Seamus O'Regan lays out new legislation aimed at protecting health care workers from harassment and lawyer Ian Runkle offers his take on existing measures in the Criminal Code. Plus — economists Armine Yalnizyan and Trevor Tombe discuss the latest concerns about inflation; Barbados bids adieu to the British monarchy; and a panel of journalists dissect Parliament's first week back.

Biden may be open to a carve-out for Canada on electric vehicle tax credit, says ex-diplomat

The head of a prominent Canada-U.S. business group says she sees the spark of an agreement to allow Canadian companies to qualify for President Joe Biden’s controversial tax credit for electric vehicles.

CBC Radio's The House: Fighting floods, tackling protectionism

On this week’s show: B.C. MPs Brad Vis and Richard Cannings react to flooding and landslides in the region and Transport Minister Omar Alghabra talks about building resilient infrastructure and supply chains. Plus — International Trade Minister Mary Ng and cross-border business council head Scotty Greenwood weigh in on the fight to secure a piece of the electric vehicle market and Government House Leader Mark Holland discusses the Liberals’ upcoming legislative priorities.

Farmers say they're ready to cut the carbon in Canada's diet — but they need government help

The role of agriculture in climate change didn't get much attention at the COP26 summit — much to the chagrin of activists. "The cow in the room is being ignored," one told the Guardian during the two-week gathering in Glasgow.

CBC Radio's The House: Trouble in the fields

On this week’s show: As COP26 wraps up, Canadian farmers on the front lines of climate change pitch environmental solutions and a clean energy advocate dissects international competition in the electric vehicle industry. Three former MPs discuss the pressures facing parties on both sides of the aisle ahead of Parliament’s official return. Plus — a Remembrance Day conversation with an Afghan-Canadian who supported coalition forces in Afghanistan and a look at the politics of soccer in Canada.

CBC Radio's The House: Good COP, bad COP

On this week’s show: Laura Lynch, host of CBC's What on Earth, and U.K. climate envoy John Murton discuss pledges at the UN climate conference COP26, and the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador speaks about the cyber attack on his province's health care system.

Canada's new housing minister faces complex, cross-jurisdictional challenges

Ahmed Hussen, Canada's new housing minister, faces a series of complex challenges that cross jurisdictional lines as he attempts to tackle this country's housing crisis.

CBC Radio's The House: Meet the ministers

On this week’s show: the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society’s Cindy Blackstock reacts to the move to pause litigation in the government’s ongoing First Nations child welfare case. Plus — new Housing Minister Ahmed Hussen details plans to tackle his portfolio, ministers Jonathan Wilkinson and Steven Guilbeault discuss their new climate roles as they head off to COP26, and former ministers Lisa Raitt and Anne McLellan offer their thoughts on the new cabinet.

New climate alliance to push for phasing out oil and gas at upcoming climate conference

A new climate alliance led by Denmark and Costa Rica is pushing countries to set a date for the end of oil and gas extraction in their countries — but Canada seems unlikely to join.

CBC Radio's The House: Is COP26 our 'last, best hope'?

On this week’s show: Guest host Laura Lynch offers a primer on the negotiations and deal-making expected at COP26, the UN climate summit kicking off in Glasgow next week. Plus — Denmark’s climate ambassador maps out his country’s efforts to transition away from fossil fuels and get other nations on board, and the Maldivian foreign minister and president of the UN General Assembly discusses the biggest climate threats facing island nations and the need for rich countries to help out.

'That was hell for us': Former Canadian Forces contractor on his flight from Afghanistan, debate over aid

An Afghan man who worked as a contractor with the Canadian Armed Forces is safe with his family in Pakistan, one of thousands who have fled the country now in desperate need of international economic support.

Global tax accord could earn Canada up to $4.5 billion per year, says Freeland

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada stands to make as much as $4.5 billion dollars a year through a landmark deal involving 136 countries that will require the world's largest corporations to pay their fair share of taxes.

CBC Radio's The House: A dose of reality

On this week’s show: Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland explains a new global tax deal and discusses the future of federal COVID-19 supports. Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions president Linda Silas explores the possible impact of vaccine mandates on the health care system. Plus — experts debunk the dewormer conspiracy and a former contractor for the CAF shares the story of his family’s long-awaited flight out of Afghanistan.