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The National's Rosemary Barton tackles the week's big political stories with Canada's leading political journalists, including Chantal Hébert and Andrew Coyne. A podcast that helps you understand the why behind the moves and decisions of your elected officials.

The National's Rosemary Barton tackles the week's big political stories with Canada's leading political journalists, including Chantal Hébert and Andrew Coyne. A podcast that helps you understand the why behind the moves and decisions of your elected officials.
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The National's Rosemary Barton tackles the week's big political stories with Canada's leading political journalists, including Chantal Hébert and Andrew Coyne. A podcast that helps you understand the why behind the moves and decisions of your elected officials.

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At Issue: March 21

3/21/2019
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The government's attempts to change the channel, and sell the budget, just got a lot more complicated. In an interview with Maclean's, Jane Philpott says there is more to the SNC-Lavalin story. Add to that a marathon voting session in the House, and it looks like the SNC-Lavalin controversy isn't over yet. At Issue digs where this all goes from here. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Althia Raj, and Jason Markusoff.

Duration:00:20:30

Special At Issue: Federal Budget 2019

3/19/2019
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Bill Morneau has tabled his pre-election budget hoping to change the channel on the SNC-Lavalin controversy, but the opposition wouldn't let them have it. So whose messaging was the loudest? And what does this budget tell us about Liberals' campaign strategy? Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj for a special Budget Day At Issue.

Duration:00:13:03

At Issue: March 14

3/14/2019
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The federal budget is just days away and that's also the next time the justice committee will meet. Except this time it will be behind closed doors. So what happens next in the SNC-Lavalin controversy? And how will the government use the budget to reset the agenda? Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Andray Domise this week.

Duration:00:17:39

At Issue: March 7

3/7/2019
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The prime minister's narrative has changed over the past month since the SNC-Lavalin story first broke.But today Justin Trudeau gave his first full press conference about this issue. And he expressed some regret. Was it enough? At Issue unpacks Trudeau's interpretation of events. Plus, the panellists share their hot takes on deferred prosecution agreements. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Shachi Kurl.

Duration:00:19:49

Special At Issue: Gerald Butts testifies

3/6/2019
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Another big day at the House of Commons justice committee. Gerald Butts testified and shared his version of events. Plus the Clerk of the Privy Council, Michael Wernick, was back in the hot seat. This time with Nathalie Drouin, the deputy minister of justice. So whose account should Canadians believe? And what should we expect next? Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Paul Wells for another special At Issue

Duration:00:11:56

Special At Issue: Jane Philpott resignation

3/4/2019
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Jane Philpott, one of Justin Trudeau's most trusted ministers, announced Monday she has resigned from cabinet as the Liberal government's crisis over the SNC-Lavalin affair deepens. How damaging is her abrupt departure? Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hébert and Paul Wells for a special edition of At Issue.

Duration:00:11:12

At Issue: February 28

2/28/2019
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It's the PMO vs. Jody Wilson-Raybould and each side is sticking to its own interpretation of events. The panellists take on what's next in the SNC-Lavalin controversy and answer viewer questions. Plus, a look at the three federal byelection results. Ian Hanomansing host Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Paul Wells. Rosemary is away this week.

Duration:00:22:51

Special At Issue: Jody Wilson-Raybould testifies

2/27/2019
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At Issue is in your feed with a special Wednesday edition. The panel digs into Jody Wilson-Raybould's testimony at the justice committee. Where does this leave the government? And what is the political impact? Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj unpack the latest on the SNC-Lavalin controversy. Ian Hanomansing is in for Rosemary Barton this week.

Duration:00:11:35

At Issue: February 21

2/21/2019
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Canada's top civil servant shares some strong words with the justice committee. Michael Wernick, the Clerk of the Privy Council, says there was no unlawful or inappropriate pressure placed on Jody Wilson-Raybould. So are we any closer to understanding what actually happened? At Issue digs into the latest developments in the SNC-Lavalin controversy. Plus, a pro-pipeline convoy makes its way to Ottawa this week. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Shachi Kurl.

Duration:00:21:15

Special At Issue: Gerald Butts resigns

2/18/2019
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Bombshell departure at the PMO. Gerald Butts, the prime minister's principal secretary, steps down. But says he denies pressuring Jody Wilson-Raybould on SNC-Lavalin. So why resign? And what kind of hole does this leave in government? At Issue is in your feed with a special Monday panel. Rosemary Barton hosts Rob Russo and Andrew Coyne.

Duration:00:09:47

At Issue: February 14

2/14/2019
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Jody Wilson-Raybould stays silent as the SNC-Lavalin controversy enters its second week. All this as the justice committee limits who it will hear from. So what does this do for a government whose brand is all about openness and transparency? At Issue is back in your feed for a second time this week. Plus, the panel looks at Saskatchewan's carbon tax challenge. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Chris Hall.

Duration:00:16:29

Special At Issue: Jody Wilson-Raybould resignation

2/12/2019
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The SNC-Lavalin scandal wasn't even a controversy a week ago, but it took a dramatic turn on Tuesday. Former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced she was quitting the federal cabinet. We've assembled a special At Issue panel to discuss what her departure from the front bench means for the Liberal Party and for Justin Trudeau. Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hébert and Althia Raj.

Duration:00:13:03

At Issue: February 7

2/7/2019
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Allegations of interference. Did the PMO pressure the former minister of justice to strike a deal with SNC-Lavalin? The prime minister says the allegations in the Globe and Mail are false, but lots of questions remain. At Issue takes on the government's response and the damage this can cause. Plus, we look at the politics behind some of Alberta's economic troubles. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj this week.

Duration:00:17:05

At Issue: January 31

1/31/2019
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New House of Commons, same problems...especially when it comes to the China file. With the government now without its ambassador there to walk the talk, how does it get that relationship back on track? The panel looks at the state of the government's foreign policy strategy. Plus, Ottawa unveiled a new team to prevent election meddling. But is it too little too late? Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Althia Raj and Paul Wells this week.

Duration:00:17:49

At Issue: January 24

1/24/2019
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Mixed messages on China. Canada's ambassador makes bold statements, only to later take them back. Did John McCallum go rogue? And how are foreign policy issues continuing to make life difficult for the government? Plus, the panel looks ahead to the last session of Parliament before the next election. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Éric Grenier. Chantal Hebert is in Montreal. Andrew Coyne is in Ottawa tonight And Eric Grenier is also Ottawa.

Duration:00:18:00

At Issue: January 17

1/17/2019
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The politics of byelections, cabinet shuffles...and secession. At Issue takes on Jody Wilson-Raybould's cabinet demotion and the latest in the Burnaby-South byelection. With the Liberal candidate forced out, does this give NDP leader Jagmeet Singh the break he needs? Plus, some of the lessons Canada can take away from Brexit. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Jason Markusoff.

Duration:00:20:14

At Issue: January 10

1/10/2019
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An upcoming cabinet shuffle and three byelection calls...The House isn't back yet, but the government is already making moves. The panel tackles some of these changes as we start the year. Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Shachi Kurl and Andray Domise.

Duration:00:19:48

At Issue: January 3

1/3/2019
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We start the year with what's on your mind. The At Issue panel answers your questions about 2019 and the upcoming federal election. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne, Paul Wells and Althia Raj.

Duration:00:15:00

At Issue: December 27

12/27/2018
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We look back on the political year that was. Who was the M.V.P. MP? Or the biggest political liability? The At Issue gang answers those questions and more. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne, Paul Wells and Althia Raj.

Duration:00:15:34

At Issue: December 20

12/20/2018
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The federal government announces $1.6 billion to help Alberta's energy sector. But the political and economic concerns are still there. At Issue looks into Ottawa's response and tensions around Canadian unity. Plus, the panellists take on the latest in the Canada-China dispute. Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Paul Wells and Shachi Kurl.

Duration:00:18:16