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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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The impact of the military coup attempt in Turkey

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, retired Canadian diplomat Ferry de Kerckhove outlines the consequences of the attempted military coup in Turkey. We also look ahead to the Republican convention and the annual Council of the Federation.

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Mid-week podcast: the end (almost) of the Senate expenses scandal

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMT

With the charges of fraud and breach of trust against Senator Patrick Brazeau being withdrawn, the legal portion of the Senate expenses scandal appears to have come to an end without a single conviction. Senator Bob Runciman joins us with his reaction.

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Canadian troops heading to Eastern Europe

Sat, 09 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, with hundreds of Canadian soldiers heading to Latvia as part of a NATO mission, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan explains the alliance's approach to Russia.

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Mr. Kenney goes to Alberta

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMT

What will Jason Kenney's decision to seek the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative party mean? Interim leader Ric McIver talks about the road ahead.

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The Three Amigos push back against protectionist rhetoric

Sat, 02 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose and Green Party leader share their thoughts about the Three Amigos summit.

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Mid-week podcast: Barack Obama's speech and the 3 Amigos meeting

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT

On the mid-week podcast, Chris Hall reviews Barack Obama's address to Parliament and the 3 Amigos summit with Laura Dawson from the Canada Institute at the Wilson Center and Colin Robertson from the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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The Brexit aftermath

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, we discuss the shocking outcome of the Brexit vote with former Quebec premier Jean Charest, the U.K.'s High Commissioner to Canada and the German Ambassador to Canada.

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Mid-week podcast: The PM kicks off the political summer

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT

On the mid-week podcast of The House, Terry Milewski and Emmanuelle Latraverse analyze Justin Trudeau's end-of-sitting/beginning of summer press conference. Then, we look at the future of the Canada Pension Plan with Perrin Beatty and Fred Vettese.

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Looking over Big Brother's shoulder and the call for a 'NAFTA plus"

Sat, 18 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, former Mexican president Vicente Fox argues in favour of an expanded NAFTA. Then, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale explains how a group of parliamentarians could soon be able to watch over Big Brother's shoulder.

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Mid-week Podcast: Canada's "massive confusion" over innovation

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT

On the mid-week podcast, Dan Breznitz , the Munk Chair of Innovation Studies and co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, has a few suggestions for the politicians crafting Canada's innovation strategy.

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When private and public collide - Christy Clark's decision to share a secret from her past

Sat, 11 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, the premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark, explains why she decided to share the story of when she was assaulted as a teenager, and what the reaction has been.

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Mid-week pod: Make sure the electoral reform plate is not 'too full'

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT

On The House mid-week podcast, Chris Hall talks to former Chief Electoral Officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley about what politicians should keep in mind as they start tackling electoral reform.

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Liberals rewrite the electoral reform script... with help from the opposition

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, the Minister of Democratic Institution, Maryam Monsef, explains why the government backtracked on its electoral reform plan. Then, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne talks about the difficult choices ahead on the climate change front.

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Assisted dying legislation now in the hands of Senators

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT

We talk to the president of the Canadian Medical Assosication, Dr Cindy Forbes, about how the medical community feels about the assisted dying bill. We also sit down with Canada's Environment Commissioner, Julie Gelfand, to discuss her latest audits.

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A tale of two conventions

Sat, 28 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT

We take the pulse of the Liberal and Conservative conventions with Conservative MP Jason Kenney, and with Liberal Party president Anna Gainey. We also discuss the future of the assisted dying legislation with three Senators.

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Interview - Jason Kenney

Sat, 28 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT

Jason Kenney is mulling over whether or not he'll put his own name forward as a Conservative leadership candidate, but one thing is certain - he won't be a 'pale pink imitation' of a Liberal.

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Midweek pod: behind the scenes in Japan

Wed, 25 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT

The CBC's David Cochrane gives Chris the main takeaways from his first overseas press trip with the Prime Minister to Japan for the G7 summit. Plus, two experts debate what exactly is meant by the "green economy".

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Finance Minister Bill Morneau on G7 goals

Fri, 20 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT

Bill Morneau joins us from Japan to talk about selling Canada's fiscal plan abroad to his G7 counterparts.

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Why did tensions escalate in the House of Commons?

Fri, 20 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT

We discuss the aftermath of a tense week in the House of Commons with MPs Kevin Lamoureux, Tom Lukiwski, Peter Julian and Elizabeth May. Plus, Gregor Robertson on pipeline concerns and Bill Morneau from Japan's G20 finance ministers' meeting.

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Midweek pod: Minister Carr on new pipeline review panel

Tue, 17 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT

Chris talks with Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr about the new advisory panel for the Trans Mountain pipeline project. Plus, two electoral reform experts discuss how to take political self-interest out of the reform process.

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Liberal approach to electoral reform under fire

Sat, 14 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, we tackle the Liberal government's controversial approach to reforming the electoral system with the Liberals' Mark Holland, the Conservative MP Scott Reid and NDP MP Nathan Cullen.

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Midweek pod: Wildfire wake-up call

Wed, 11 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT

You asked, we listened. After a flood of feedback from listeners wanting to hear from scientists on climate change and the link to the Fort McMurray wildfire, we asked two climate change and fire experts to come on the show.

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Fort McMurray fire and the road to recovery

Sat, 07 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT

Alberta's lead minister on the wildfires, Danielle Larivee, joins The House to discuss how the province - and the country - will help the residents of Fort McMurray. Plus, B.C. Premier Christy Clark discusses the federal disaster mitigation fund.

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Midweek pod: return of the Three Amigos

Wed, 04 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT

On The House midweek podcast, Chris gets an update from Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson about the Fort McMurray wildfires. Then, after more than two and a half years, the leaders of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico will convene for a summit in Ottawa next month.

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Looming questions for the Senate, and an MPs hostage story

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT

Conservative Senator Denise Batters says the Senate isn't getting the answers it needs from the government's Senate representative Peter Harder. Plus, NDP MP Nathan Cullen on his kidnapping experience.

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Midweek pod: 'no easy decisions' for governments on ransoms for hostages

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT

What are the behind-the-scenes decisions governments have to make in hostage-taking situations? Security expert and former counter-terrorism agent in the US State Department, Fred Burton and former foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy join us.

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Mike Duffy is heading back to the Senate

Sun, 24 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, we take a deep dive into the Duffy trial's stunning acquittal with Duffy's lawyer Don Bayne, Marjory LeBreton and Peter Harder. Plus, Elizabeth May and Rachel Notley.

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Mid-week podcast: drama of Duffy trial draws to a close

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT

On The House mid-week podcast, we explore the legal and political stakes of the Mike Duffy trial as the three-year Senate saga wraps up Thursday with the court ruling. Then, a Liberal MP on the behind-the-scenes talks before the assisted dying debate.

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Health Minister Jane Philpott discusses crisis in Attawapiskat and assisted dying bill

Sat, 16 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, Minister of Health Jane Philpott discusses the crisis in Attawapiskat and the government's assisted dying bill. Then, former PBO Kevin Page talks transparency and federal budgets.

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Midweek pod: will Megan Leslie run for NDP leadership?

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT

Former NDP deputy leader Megan Leslie tells Chris whether or not she'll run as leader of the party. Then, indigenous Liberal MP Don Rusnak and ITK president Natan Obed discuss the crisis in Attawapiskat.

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Special podcast: The NDP's search for a new leader has begun

Sun, 10 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT

The House brings you a special emergency podcast after delegates at the NDP convention voted in favour of a leadership race. Who will the party choose to replace Tom Mulcair? Chris Hall talks to Sally Housser, Olivia Chow, Laura Stone and Nick Gamache.

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The future of Tom Mulcair and the NDP

Sat, 09 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on a special edition of The House, host Chris Hall travels to Edmonton for the NDP convention.

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Mid-week podcast: should Mulcair stay or go?

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on the mid-week podcast, two labour leaders make opposing cases for the future of NDP leader Tom Mulcair ahead of the party's convention this weekend.

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EI controversy and the NDP's future

Sat, 02 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT

This week on The House, Alberta's Minister of Labour, Christina Gray, talks about her concerns with Ottawa's approach to EI changes. Then, NDP President Rebecca Blaikie discusses the results of her party's election post-mortem and we look ahead to the NDP

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Mid-week podcast: Nuclear Summit and remembering Jean Lapierre

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 04:00:00 GMT

On The House mid-week podcast, with Justin Trudeau about to head to Washington, D.C., for the Nuclear Summit, we look at the issues that will be on the table with Joan Rohlfing, the president of the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

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