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Midweek podcast: Will tax cuts help embattled Finance Minister?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Chris Hall looks at the reasoning behind the Liberals' decision to lower the small business tax rate with the head of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Dan Kelly.

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Are we heading for a post-NAFTA world?

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins warns Donald Trump that NAFTA won't go down without a fight in Congress. Then, Canada's International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne explains why he even if he doesn't believe NAFTA talks

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Midweek podcast: Trudeau and Trump meet as NAFTA talks resume

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Chris Hall connects with CBC reporter Evan Dyer in Washington, D.C., where Justin Trudeau met with Donald Trump on Wednesday. We also talk to Tim Miller, a partner with Definers and a former communications director for Jeb Bush, about U.S. politics.

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The complex politics of taxes and pipelines

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Canada's Natural Resources Minister, Jim Carr, addresses the concerns raised by TransCanada's decision to abandon the Energy East project. Then, Bill Morneau explains how he will try to fix some aspects of his controversial tax proposals.

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Midweek podcast: First Ministers meet, and the aftermath of Edmonton

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Chris Hall sits down with Nova Scotia's Stephen McNeil following the first ministers meeting in Ottawa. We also talk to Phil Gurski, the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting, about the after of the weekend's attacks in Edmonton.

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Special podcast: Jagmeet Singh becomes the leader of the NDP

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT

The House’s Chris Hall and the Pollcast’s Eric Grenier are joined by NDP insider Kathleen Monk and CBC Ottawa bureau chief to discuss how Jagmeet Singh managed to get enough votes on the first ballot to become the leader of the federal NDP.

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The politics of Netflix

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, we sit down with Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly to talk about the Liberal government's vision for Canadian content and cultural industries in the digital world, and why it includes a big dose of Netflix.

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Boeing vs. Ottawa, World Bank CEO on Canada's global role

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

On The House midweek podcast, Dan Ikenson from the non-partisan Cato Institute's Centre for Trade Policy Studies in Washington explains the trade dispute initiated by Boeing.

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Inside Canada's efforts to inject climate change into NAFTA 2.0

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna joins us ahead of the third round of NAFTA talks to discuss her efforts to include climate change language in the new deal.

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Midweek Podcast: Trade take aplenty

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

On The House midweek podcast, we talk NAFTA, CETA, and all things related to trade with Meredith Lilly, former international trade advisor to Stephen Harper, and Scott Sinclair from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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What will stop the deadly march of opioids and fentanyl?

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

This week, as opioids and fentanyl continue their march across the country and claim more lives, The House looks at how the crisis has been tackled so far, and how one province that has yet to be hit - New Brunswick - could soon be affected.

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Liberal cabinet retreat in St. John's

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

On The House midweek podcast, Chris Hall is in St. John's to cover and dissect what took place at the Liberal cabinet retreat.

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The era of legal marijuana taking shape

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Ontario has a plan to handle the pot in 2018. The province is the first to outline how and where marijuana will be sold once it becomes legal. But will their approach work? Ottawa's point person on pot, Liberal MP Bill Blair, joins us.

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Midweek podcast: Round 2 of NAFTA talks and tax talk at the Liberal caucus retreat

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Guest-host David Cochrane dissects the second round of NAFTA talks with CP's Alex Panetta. Then, we check in with the CBC's John Paul Tasker from the Liberal caucus retreat in Kelowna.

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What would Canada look like without the Indian Act?

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Former prime minister Paul Martin and Naiomi Metallic, the chancellor's chair in Aboriginal law and policy at Dalhousie University, reflect on this week's signal from the Liberal government that they're willing to move the country beyond the Indian Act.

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Is the government taking care of Canada's first responders?

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Results from Canada's first national survey looking at operational stress injuries among first responders such as police, paramedics, firefighters and 911 operators suggest they are much more likely to develop a mental disorder than the general population

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New Conservative leader Andrew Scheer gears up for the fall

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer joins us to talk taxes, John A. Macdonald, and border crossings. We also talk to Quebec's Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil about how the province is handling the recent spike in the number of asy

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Canada's yet-to-be-announced peacekeeping mission

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Defence specialist Murray Brewster brings us up to speed on the federal government's peacekeeping plans.

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Canada's NAFTA motto: 'Get 'er done'

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Foreign Affairs parl. secretary Andrew Leslie weighs in how Round 1 of NAFTA talks rolled out in Washington. Plus, the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, on his approach to a Confederate monument, and India's High Commissioner on 70 years of independence.

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Midweek podcast: U.S. comes out swinging on 1st day of NAFTA talks

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer didn’t hold back on the first official day of NAFTA negotiations, saying the 23-year-old agreement has “fundamentally failed” many Americans and “needs major improvement." Dan Ujczo, and international trade lawy

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How should Canada handle North Korea?

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

What do President Donald Trump's threats of "fire and fury" against North Korea mean for Canada? Andrea Berger, senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, walks us through the war of words. Plus: Dominic LeBlanc.

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Midweek pod: Climate pressure

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Katharine Hayhoe is the Canadian scientist who helped write the U.S. climate change report sending shockwaves through that country. How does she think the Trump administration will respond? Plus: Senator Bob Runciman says goodbye to the Red Chamber.

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Pressure point at the Canada-U.S. border

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Hundreds of people have been lining up in recent days to illegally cross into Canada. What is behind this latest surge in the number of asylum seekers hopping the border? We talk to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen.

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Is it too late to fix the MMIWG inquiry?

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, discusses the future of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls amid a storm of criticism.

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Duty to consult and NAFTA disputes

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

This week, we look at what the Supreme Court of Canada's ruling involving the duty to consult means for future energy projects. Then, we dive into NAFTA'S Chapter 19 with Maryscott Greenwood, CEO of the Canadian American Business Council.

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Gearing up for NAFTA talks

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, there's less than a month until NAFTA renegotiations begin and the pressure is on. We check in with Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Politico's trade reporter, Megan Cassella.

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Midweek podcast: Morneau closing the loop and B.C. (finally) gets a premier

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

David Cochrane sits down with Canada's finance minister to discuss his latest proposal to close a tax loophole for some wealthy Canadians.

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Canada hoping for a win-win-win on NAFTA

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Just days before the U.S. is expected to release its trade objectives Trudeau pitched Canada to VP Pence and governors. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland gives us her take on those talks.

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Midweek podcast: What it's like being a politician during a disaster

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

As forest fires rage in B.C. we check back in with Melissa Blake, the mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, which includes Fort McMurray, about how she viewed her role as a politician and resident during the 2016 forest fires.

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Talking Paris in Hamburg

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, Canada tries to sell the Paris climate goals at the G20 summit - but the U.S. isn't buying. What does that mean for global climate action? Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna is here.

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Midweek podcast: A 'totally unprecedented' G20

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

We get a read on what's at stake during the G20 summit this week with CIGI fellow Tom Bernes. We also dive into the Omar Khadr deal with lawyer Paul Champ and the Canadian Taxpayers' Federation.

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The Road to Confederation

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

On a special Canada Day edition of The House, we go back in time to look at how politics created Canada and how, a century and a half later, the decisions of that time continue to shape our political debates and institutions.

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Midweek podcast: Spring sitting review

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

On The House midweek podcast, Chris Hall looks back on the spring sitting of Parliament with CBC parliamentary reporters Aaron Wherry, Katie Simpson and Catherine Cullen.

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The Liberal approach to national security

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, it was a key campaign promise: repeal the "problematic elements" of the Conservatives' anti-terrorism law. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale joins us to discuss Bill C-59. We also hear from the opposition parties.

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Midweek podcast:The Liberals present their national security plan

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

On The House midweek podcast, University of Ottawa law professor Craig Forcese gives us his assessment of the Liberals' new anti-terrorism measures. We also get the latest on the B.C. political drama with the Globe and Mail's Justine Hunter.

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Justin Trudeau's neighbour says goodbye

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Governor General David Johnston is spending his last Canada Day at Rideau Hall, he reflects on his tenure and the 150th anniversary of Confederation in this week's episode of The House. Canada's top solider gives us his review of the new defence policy an

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Midweek podcast: Senate tries to deal with 'out of whack' court delays

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Senators George Baker and Bob Runciman on how the government can help alleviate court delays. Then a look back at Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin's career on the bench with the CBC's Alison Crawford and University of Ottawa law professor Carissima Mathen

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A made-in-Canada foreign policy

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland explains what role her government wants to see Canada play on the world stage. We also get reaction to this week's developments from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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Charting a new course for Canada and its military

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Former national security analyst Stephanie Carvin the CBC's Murray Brewster break down this week's announcements by the Liberal government on foreign affairs and defence.

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The new face of the Conservative Party

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

He's called himself Stephen Harper with a smile, but what can we expect from Andrew Scheer now that he's the leader of the Official Opposition? This week on The House, we sit down with the new Conservative leader to talk about what comes next.

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Midweek podcast: B.C.'s Liberal MPs face a political pipeline pickle

Wed, 31 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

On The House midweek podcast, we get reaction to the unfolding political drama in British Columbia from Shachi Kurl, executive director of the Angus Reid Institute, and Vancouver North Liberal MP Jonathan Wilkinson.

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The Conservatives pick their new leader

Sat, 27 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

This week, The House is at the Conservative leadership convention where the next leader of the Official Opposition will be chosen. We hear from Conservative MPs Candice Bergen, Michelle Rempel and Diane Finley and former MP Peter MacKay.

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Midweek podcast: Who will lead British Columbia?

Thu, 25 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

The final results are in and we still don't know who will end up in charge in British Columbia. The Green Party holds the balance of power and could decide to help the Liberals or the NDP form a minority government. We speak to leader Andrew Weaver.

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Rona Ambrose's goodbye

Sat, 20 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, with just a week left before the Conservative Party picks a new leader, outgoing interim leader Rona Ambrose talks about her decision to leave politics, the state of the party, and where things go from here.

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Midweek podcast: Trouble with the force

Wed, 17 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

On The House midweek, podcast, we look at a series of reports critical of the RCMP with CBC senior reporter Alison Crawford. Then, we talk to the author of one of those reports, Auditor General Michael Ferguson.

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Is the infrastructure bank a solution or a problem?

Sat, 13 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi explains how and why his government is going about creating a controversial $35 billion infrastructure bank.

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Midweek podcast: B.C.'s Minority Report

Wed, 10 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

On The House midweek podcast, Chris Hall looks at the national implications of British Columbia's stunning election results. As things currently stand, the province could be run by a minority government for the first time in decades.

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B.C.'s choice: The House goes to British Columbia

Sat, 06 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

British Columbians are heading to the polls next week. Will the 16-year Liberal dynasty continue? Will the NDP manage to avoid a repeat of their 2013 election collapse? This week, The House is British Columbia to take the pulse of the campaign.

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Midweek podcast: British Columbia election primer

Wed, 03 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

With less than a week to go before B.C.'s election, we get the lay of the land with Angus Reid Institute executive director Shachi Kurl and we dig into the NDP and Liberal split on piplelines with former NDP MLA turned trades head Tom Sigurdson.

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Trump's first trade punch and what it could mean for NAFTA renegotiations

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, what will be the impact of Donald Trump's decision to impose new duties on softwood lumber from Canada? What does Canada plan to do in response? Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr joins us.

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Midweek podcast: In the Oval Office with Trump and Kevin O'Leary drops out

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

On The House midweek podcast, the international president United Steelworkers union, Canadian Leo Gerard. Then, we look at the implications Kevin O'Leary's decision to drop out of the Conservative leadership race.

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Canada becomes Donald Trump's latest trade target

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, Donald Trump took straight aim at Canada, not once but twice this week. What does the U.S. president's switch to aggressive trade rhetoric mean for future trade negotiations?

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