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CBC Radio's The House takes you behind the scenes in the world of Canadian politics. Parliament may take a summer recess but the business of national politics never stops; nor does The House.

CBC Radio's The House takes you behind the scenes in the world of Canadian politics. Parliament may take a summer recess but the business of national politics never stops; nor does The House.


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CBC Radio's The House takes you behind the scenes in the world of Canadian politics. Parliament may take a summer recess but the business of national politics never stops; nor does The House.






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Pipeline politics and Alberta’s COVID crisis

On this week’s show: Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. Kirsten Hillman weighs in on Michigan’s efforts to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline next week. CBC’s Rosemary Barton runs through PMO chief of staff Katie Telford’s testimony at the Commons defence committee. Plus: a look at Alberta’s COVID-19 crisis, the fallout from U.S. troops withdrawing from Afghanistan and political cartoons in the post-Trump era.


Should Canada issue vaccine passports?

On this week’s show: Health Minister Patty Hajdu weighs in on the current state of the pandemic and the prospect of vaccine passports. Former Supreme Court Justice Louise Arbour discusses her role in a new independent review into sexual misconduct in the military. Plus: a special report on the 2011 election, 10 years later; a debate over whether Canada should issue vaccine passports; and an interview with incoming High Commissioner to the U.K. Ralph Goodale.


How ambitious are Canada’s climate commitments?

On this week’s show: Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson maps out Canada’s new emissions targets and climate experts provide their takes. Then, COP26 president Alok Sharma weighs in on the U.K.’s climate goals. Plus, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey discusses the federal budget and aid for Ontario, and two Conservative strategists analyze Premier Doug Ford’s apology to Ontarians.


Ontario’s dire COVID-19 outlook

On this week’s show: The president of the Canadian Medical Association talks about the strain COVID-19 is imposing on Canada’s health systems as Ontario announces sweeping restrictions to curb record caseloads. Conservative environment critic Dan Albas discusses his party’s climate change plan. And we have a look-ahead to child care in next week’s federal budget, a discussion about waiving vaccine patents and an assessment of the Canada-India relationship.


Campaigning for Canada's progressive voters

On this week’s show: The B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s Mel Krajden examines the rise in COVID-19 variant cases. Plus: Liberal Party President Suzanne Cowan talks priorities during that party’s policy convention; two NDP MPs reflect on their own policy convention; and Liberal strategist David Herle and NDP National Director Anne McGrath weigh in on efforts to woo progressive voters. Former governor general Michaëlle Jean also shares memories of the late Prince Philip.


Lock down, open up, repeat

On this week’s show: ER doctor Lisa Salamon and molecular virologist Marc-André Langlois weigh in on the variant-driven surge of COVID-19 cases across much of Canada. Plus: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh discusses his party’s policy convention; a Michigan state senator reacts to the potential shutdown of the Line 5 pipeline; and The House looks at two proposals up for debate in next week’s Liberal and NDP conventions — universal basic income and a wealth tax.


What’s next for the federal price on carbon?

On this week’s show: Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson discusses what’s next for the federal price on carbon and voters look at the Conservative Party’s stance on climate change. Plus: Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau talks China and COVID-19; Facebook’s Kevin Chan examines impending regulation in Canada; and Liberal MP John McKay calls for an increase in the powers of the human rights watchdog investigating Canadian companies abroad.


Conservatives plan their path forward

On this week’s show — a look at the Conservatives’ first-ever virtual policy convention as CBC’s Hannah Thibedeau checks in with delegates across the country. Three Conservative strategists examine Erin O’Toole’s highly anticipated speech and caucus-party liaison MP Tim Uppal discusses the party’s policy direction. Plus — a reflection on addressing gender-based violence in Canada and a report on the effort to recognize Emancipation Day.


The pandemic, one year later

On this week’s show: National Advisory Committee on Immunization chair Dr. Caroline Quach-Thanh discusses the AstraZeneca vaccine rollout in Canada. Then, Conservative deputy leader Candice Bergen previews her party’s upcoming policy convention, Eabametoong First Nation Chief Harvey Yesno and clean water activist Autumn Peltier discuss boil water advisories and Susan Delacourt and Shachi Kurl talk about how COVID-19 changed politics.


Vaccination vexation

On this week’s show: The House hears from CBC reporter J.P. Tasker and COVID-19 Immunity Task Force co-chair Dr. Catherine Hankins on developments in Canada’s vaccine rollout. Then, Canada’s ambassador to the UN Bob Rae discusses the recent military coup in Myanmar. Plus, the CBC’s senior defence writer Murray Brewster outlines the impact of sexual misconduct allegations in Canada’s military leadership.


Parsing plans for mass vaccinations

On this week’s show: New Brunswick Health Minister Dorothy Shephard outlines her province’s vaccine preparations and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson talks about his city’s plans to get a head start on inoculations. Plus: Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault looks at what Australia’s battle with tech giants means for Canada’s own regulatory efforts, and clean energy advocate Merran Smith reacts to a new era of Canada-U.S. climate talks.


What will the next budget hold?

On this week’s show: Members of the House of Commons finance committee look ahead to a historic federal budget and Independent Senator Chantal Petitclerc discusses the government’s bill to expand access to medical assistance in dying. Plus, hear a discussion on systemic barriers Black organizations face to access federal funding and an Alberta mayor talks about powering Canada using hydrogen.


Businesses reopen, variants close in

On this week’s show: A panel of journalists discuss the challenges facing provinces choosing to ease COVID-19 restrictions amid the spread of coronavirus variants. Plus, two public health experts talk about an equitable vaccine rollout, Sen. Stan Kutcher shares his efforts to amend Canada’s medical assistance in dying bill and Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna outlines the government’s latest public transit funding.


Shots in the dark

On this week’s show: Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne and a panel of opposition MPs discuss Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Plus: Canada’s new parliamentary poet laureate talks about poetry’s place in a time of crisis, Peel Region’s medical officer of health examines the appearance of a coronavirus variant in Ontario and the CBC’s Chris O’Neill-Yates looks at the potential for renewable energy in Newfoundland and Labrador.


Resettling refugees, supporting Canada’s kids

On this week’s show: Canada's immigration minister discusses resettling refugees as one family shares their search for safety. An expert highlights the need to prioritize children’s mental health during the pandemic. Plus, a look at how Chrystia Freeland could address wealth inequality, a dive into Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s drop in popularity and an exit interview with Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil.


Biden’s first week, Payette’s last

On this week’s show: Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. Kirsten Hillman reflects on President Joe Biden’s move to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline. Carleton University’s Philippe Lagassé examines the implications of a vacant vice-regal office. Plus, the CBC’s Catherine Cullen recaps a turbulent week for the Conservatives, three MPs look ahead to Monday’s return to Parliament and Japan’s ambassador to Canada discusses shared green energy goals.


Fighting coronavirus variants

On this week’s show: B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix takes stock of his province’s attempts to flatten the COVID-19 curve — including the possibility of an inter-provincial travel ban. An Ontario epidemiologist discusses potential threats posed by a new variant of the virus. The CBC’s Paul Hunter in Washington weighs in on President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. And an extremism expert talks far-right radicalization here in Canada.


Capitol under siege

On this week’s show: A U.S. congresswoman reflects on her experience being locked down in the Capitol after rioters stormed the building. A voting rights advocate explains how Black voters helped the Democrats flip two Senate seats in Georgia. Two provincial officials address the vaccine rollout in their provinces. And a writer discusses the politics of prioritizing professional hockey during a pandemic.


The House’s 2020 year in review

On the show this week: A new year brings hope for an eventual return to normalcy, but many of the issues of 2020 will carry on. The House revisits some of the most important events, interviews and audio moments from the past year, including a look back at the pre-pandemic world, the early days of COVID-19, the reckoning over institutional racism, the Conservative leadership race, and the WE controversy.


The House's 2020 year-end quiz

How many headlines do you remember from 2020? 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 surrounding the biggest political stories from January through to December.