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Is Canada ready for Donald Trump?

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

With Donald Trump just under a week away from becoming president of the United States, we gauge Canada's preparedness with former ambassador Derek Burney, former diplomat Paul Frazer, and the United Steelworkers international president Leo Gerard.

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Midweek podcast: new Trudeau cabinet ahead of Trump's inauguration

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Chris Hall talks to Roland Paris, a former foreign affairs adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, about Chrystia Freeland becoming foreign affairs minister.

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Kellie Leitch isn't backing down on 'Canadian values'

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch fleshes out her plans on how screening immigrants and visitors for 'Canadian values' would work. Plus, David Mulroney on Trump, trade and China tweets, and Garry Kasparov on Putin and hacking allegations.

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2017: The dawn of Trump... and two new leaders

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, we look ahead to some of the key political storylines that will unfold in 2017 with International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose and NDP leader Tom Mulcair.

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Midweek podcast: Exporting Canada's private refugee sponsorship approach

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Jennifer Bond of Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative and Gregory Maniatis, senior advisor to the Open Society Foundations and the United Nations discuss the world's interest in Canada's approach to private refugee sponsorship.

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The 2016 House political quiz!

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, our annual holiday tradition continues with our year-end political quiz! Joel-Denis Bellavance from La Presse, Rosemary Barton from CBC and Tonda McCharles from the Toronto Star put their political knowledge to the test!

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Midweek podcast: no health deal, so now what?

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

On The House midweek podcast, Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen talks about the next steps in the negotiation with Ottawa over health care funding.

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Liberals deliver ultimatum to provinces on health deal

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, is the federal government close to reaching a deal over health dollars with the provinces? We'll ask federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Health Minister Jane Philpott and Saskatchewan Finance Minister Kevin Doherty.

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Mid-week podcast: will the health ministers come to Ottawa?

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Chris Hall talks to B.C.'s health minister Terry Lake about whether it's worth his counterparts' time to come to Ottawa next week to discuss federal health funding. Then, we look into what a national price on carbon will mean for you.

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The fine print of Canada's new climate change deal

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

What did Justin Trudeau and the country's premiers manage to agree on when it comes to fighting climate change? We talk to federal Environment Catherine McKenna as well premiers Christy Clark, Kathleen Wynne, Brian Pallister and Stephen McNeil.

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What's next for electoral reform?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

On The House mid-week podcast, Conservative Scott Reid, NDP MP Nathan Cullen and Mark Holland, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of democratic institutions, discuss the controversy surrounding "" and the future of electoral reform.

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Justin Trudeau's pipeline and electoral reform challenges

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, Alberta's Rachel Notley and Green Party leader Elizabeth May discuss the approval of the Trans Mountain project. Then, are the Liberals are setting the stage to break their promise to reform the electoral system?

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Midweek podcast: Justin Trudeau's energy test begins

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT

On the midweek podcast, we look at the decision to approve Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline project with North Vancouver MP John Wilkinson and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May.

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Catherine McKenna on her green blueprint and dealing with Trump

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna joins us to talk about next month's first ministers meeting on climate change and how to work with incoming U.S. president Donald Trump.

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Midweek podcast: procurement expert blasts Ottawa's fighter jet plan

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT

On the midweek podcast, Canada's fighter jets saga continues. Alan Williams, a former assistant deputy minister of materiel with the Department of National Defence, joins us to explain why the government's latest move is "absurd" and "unnecessary."

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Ahead of Trump presidency, NATO braces itself for possible Russian test

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, the election of Donald Trump continues to raise questions on a number of fronts, including security and defence. How will the arrival of the billionaire businessman in the White House affect NATO?

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Mid-week podcast: Justin Trudeau goes to Cuba

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT

We hear from a former ambassador to Cuba about what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's trip to the communist island signals and where the relationship should go. Then, we get a U.S. perspective about the future of NAFTA from Ohio.

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The aftermath of America's choice: what Donald Trump means for Canada

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT

We explore the consequences of Donald Trump's victory on the Canada-U.S. relationship with Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne and former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge.

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America chose Trump: a special The House/Pollcast analysis

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT

The House and the Pollcast team up to bring you full analysis of the stunning U.S. election results. Chris Hall and Éric Grenier are joined two MPs who have just returned from the United States: Conservative Michelle Rempel and New Democrat Nathan Cullen.

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Spy agency broke the law, so who will be held accountable?

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale explains how he plans to respond to this week's scathing court ruling slamming Canada's spy agency.

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Mid-week podcast: PBO's take on the fall fiscal update

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 04:00:00 GMT

Chris Hall sits down with the assistant Parliamentary Budget Officer, Mustafa Askari, to discuss Finance Minister Bill Morneau's economic update.

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Special fiscal update podcast

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 04:00:00 GMT

On this special podcast, Chris Hall dissects finance minister Bill Morneau's fall economic update with CBC parliamentary bureau chief Rob Russo, CBC senior reporter David Cochrane and Power and Politics executive producer Amy Castle.

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CETA and its tough lessons for the European Union

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, Germany's Ambassador to Canada, Werner Wnendt, outlines what CETA's bumpy road to ratification means for the future of the relationship between Canada and the European Union.

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Mid-week podcast: Your thoughts on health care funding

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT

We hear from House listeners on the health care funding battle between Ottawa and the provinces and we talk to the president of the Canadian Nurses Association, Barb Shellian.

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A new front in the federal-provincial health funding battle

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, will Ottawa and the provinces manage to bridge their differences over the future of health care in Canada? Federal health minister Jane Philpott, Quebec's Gaétan Barrette and former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow join us.

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A year after the Liberals' election victory

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT

On The House midweek podcast, Chris Hall sits down with CBC parliamentary reporters Catherine Cullen, Susan Lunn and Tom Parry to look back on the 2015 election, what's happened since, and the challenges ahead for the Liberal government.

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The Florida contest: Donald Trump's final hope

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, we travel to Florida to put the U.S. presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump under the microscope.

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Midweek podcast: Dominic Barton on Canada's growth

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT

On The House midweek podcast, senior producer Nick Gamache talks to the chair of Canada's Advisory Council on Economic Growth, Dominic Barton, about his prescription for the economy.

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National price on carbon is coming

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, we examine the federal government's decision to impose a national price on carbon starting in 2018. Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna explains Ottawa's decision and its timing.

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Mid-week podcast: inside baseball

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT

On The House midweek podcast, we bring together baseball fans from three different parties to talk about why politicos love the game so much. We also discuss whether Justin Trudeau's surprise carbon pricing announcement was a homerun or a foul ball.

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Pacific NorthWest LNG approved, now what?

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT

The approval of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project is raising questions about how Ottawa plans to deal with GHG emissions and First Nations in the future. B.C. premier Christy Clark, Green Party leader Elizabeth May and the AFN's Perry Bellegarde join us.

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Mid-week podcast: Is it time to 'press the reset button' on health care?

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT

On The House mid-week podcast, the new president of the Canadian Medical Association, Dr. Granger Avery, explains why the negotiations to reach a new health accord present a unique opportunity to "revise" the Canadian health care system.

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Ottawa's big test: energy politics

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT

The new era of federal-provincial relations is about to be tested on two crucial fronts: climate change and health care. We talk to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, Alberta's Rachel Notley, Ontario's Kathleen Wynne and Nova Scotia's Stephen McNeil.

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Mid-week podcast: A tale of two goodbyes

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT

On The House mid-week podcast, outgoing Conservative MP Jason Kenney and former head of Statistics Canada Wayne Smith have both stepped down from their gigs in Ottawa, but under completely different circumstances.

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Parliament set to resume with leadership races in the background

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose discusses the balancing act of readying for Parliament's return while her party's leadership race starts to heat up. Then, Minister John McCallum talks refugee commitments and immigration.

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Mid-week podcast: leadership politics

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT

We take the pulse of the Conservative and NDP caucus meetings as both parties get ready for Parliament's return... and deal with two very different leadership races. Then, we talk about trust and politics.

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Tom Mulcair to keep 'steady hand on the tiller' until next NDP leader is chosen

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, Tom Mulcair wants to put an end to the rumours: he plans to stay on as leader of the NDP until his permanent replacement is chosen.

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The impact of the Kellie Leitch 'anti-Canadian values' story on the Conservative race

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT

On The House mid-week podcast, Tim Powers and Jason MacDonald discuss how the Kellie Leitch "anti-Canadian values'" test story has been unfolding and its potential impact on the Conservative leadership race.

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Canada prepared to 'push back' against anti-trade sentiment

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland pushes back against what she calls an 'anti-trade wave' in the U.S. and Europe. Plus: Conservative leadership hopeful Michael Chong shares his vision for the party.

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Trump's Mexico visit: policy shift, or publicity stunt?

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT

Mexican journalist Pascal Beltran del Rio, the editorial director at the newspaper Excelsior, talks Trump's surprise trip to Mexico. Plus: former ambassador to China David Mulroney weighs in on Trudeau's visit to China so far.

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Mitigating the consequences of conflict

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT

What role will Canada play in its new, revamped commitment to UN peacekeeping missions? Canada's ambassador to the UN, Marc-Andre Blanchard, is here. Plus: Unifor national president Jerry Dias on the Liberals' labour outreach.

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Hillary Clinton: friend or foe to Canada?

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT

Chris catches up with NPR's Tamara Keith on the Hillary Clinton campaign trail. What might a possible Clinton presidency mean for Canada? The co-host of NPR's Politics podcast fills us in on the latest controversies to hit the Clinton campaign this week.

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A 'new normal' in Canada-China relations

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT

We look ahead to Justin Trudeau's upcoming trip to China, with Canada's former ambassador to China David Mulroney. Plus: B.C. Premier Christy Clark on her province's new climate plan and a crisis commumication expert on Minister Philpott's pricy limo tab.

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Midweek pod: is Canada meeting its Rio goals?

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT

On the midweek pod, Chris talks to Anne Merklinger of Own the Podium about Canada's Rio goals. Plus, terrorism expert Michael Zekulin explains what is meant by "counter-radicalization", and we remember longtime MP Mauril Belanger.

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Security questions at home and abroad

Sat, 13 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan joins us from Africa where he's been on a peacekeeping fact-finding mission. Then, we talk to anti-terrorism laws expert Kent Roach about this week's incident in Strathroy.

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Mid-week podcast: CBA president on the new Supreme Court appointment process

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT

On The House mid-week podcast, Janet Fuhrer from the Canadian Bar Association talks about her letter to the Prime Minister regarding the need to respect regional diversity in the new Supreme Court appointment process.

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Atlantic Canada wants changes to the new Supreme Court process

Sat, 06 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, the new process to appoint Supreme Court judges is making waves in Atlantic Canada. Nova Scotia's acting Justice Minister, Michel Samson, asks the federal government to reconsider the new way of doing things.

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Can Ottawa fix Phoenix?

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, Public Services and Procurement Minister Judy Foote defends her government's ability to fix the always-growing list of problems with its Phoenix pay system.

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The U.S. presidential election and the aftermath of Brexit

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMT

On the mid-week podcast, David Cochrane talks to polls analyst Eric Grenier about the possibility of a Trump presidency. Then, we talk to Canada's outgoing High Commissioner to the U.K., Gordon Campbell.

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Last minute deal: Premiers reach Canadian free-trade agreement

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week, The House is in Whitehorse to cover the annual gathering of Canada's 13 provincial and territorial leaders.

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Mid-week podcast: The Phoenix controversy and the Premiers get together

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMT

The Minister of Public Services and Procurement, Judy Foote, addresses the growing list of problems with the government's Phoenix pay system. Then, former Quebec Premier Jean Charest looks ahead to the Council of the Federation.

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