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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.






The House, CBC Radio P.O. Box 3220, Station C Ottawa, ON Canada K1Y 1E4 416-205-3700


The NDP at 60

On this week's show: Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi reacts to Alberta’s recent announcement that it will end self-isolation requirements for those who test positive for COVID-19. Then, an in-depth look at the NDP a week before the 60th anniversary of that party’s founding, including an interview with Jagmeet Singh. Plus — two economists discuss why balanced budgets are no longer in vogue, and a exploration of how best to manage wildfires.


Canada in a changing world

On this week’s show: Canadians in the tourism industry talk reopening and recovery. A panel of MPs discuss Canada's foreign policy including relations with Cuba, Haiti and China. And a critic and a supporter of Cuba's government debate the unrest in that country. Plus — two elections experts discuss the ongoing crisis of the federal Green Party, including who stands to benefit from fleeing votes.


The Green Party in crisis

On this week’s show: Two former leadership contenders discuss the fragile situation in the Green Party after reports that party officials discussed revoking the membership of leader Annamie Paul. Experts discuss the political situation in Haiti after assassins killed the president. Plus, a look at the legacy of official multiculturalism in Canada as we near the 50th anniversary of the policy.


Reaching unvaccinated Canadians

On this week’s show: Epidemiologist Nazeem Muhajarine explores ways to increase vaccine uptake across the country. CBC’s Murray Brewster reports on the Taliban’s capture of territory once patrolled by Canadians. Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson talks about Canada’s readiness for the effects of climate change. Plus — a look at the fate of Bill C-6, which aims to ban conversion therapy.


A federation under strain

On this week’s show: A special edition of The House examines the state of Canada’s federal system. Experts debate and dive deep into issues of governance, the climate crisis, education and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus — two departing MPs, Liberal Wayne Easter and Conservative Bruce Stanton, offer their takes on the state of Parliament as they near the end of a combined 43 years in the Commons.


Fight at Fairy Creek

On this week’s show: Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, discusses his lack of confidence in Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett. Opposition Leader Erin O’Toole looks ahead to a looming potential election. Plus — an in-depth look at the fight over old-growth logging at the Fairy Creek watershed in B.C., featuring interviews with musician Bryan Adams and provincial forestry minister Katrine Conroy.


Border restrictions and a new face on the Supreme Court

On this week’s show: Public Safety Minister Bill Blair discusses the continued restrictions at the border. The Conservatives' foreign affairs critic Michael Chong talks about fighting the government over document disclosure. An expert panel analyzes the controversies and challenges facing the Green Party and its leader, Annamie Paul. Plus: a look at the new nominee to the Supreme Court.


Confronting hate in Canada

On this week's show: Liberal, Conservative and NDP MPs discuss how politicians should work to confront Islamophobia in Canada. Independent senator and G7 veteran Peter Boehm takes a wide view of this weekend's summit. And CBC's Murray Brewster reports on what's topping the agenda in Cornwall. Plus — a debate over Ontario's use of the notwithstanding clause and a look at incentivizing vaccine uptake.


Truth, faith and reconciliation

On this week’s show: Indigenous advocates react to the federal action plan to address violence against Indigenous women and girls and Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett talks about making that plan a reality. Plus — Minister Dominic LeBlanc zeroes in on the search for a new governor general and a former Supreme Court judge discusses his landmark report on reforming the military's justice system.


Canada condemns Belarus

On this week’s show: Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau responds to the arrest of a dissident journalist in Belarus and an expert panel looks at whether Canada’s condemnation of the act goes far enough. Plus — a political scientist explores the federal response to Quebec’s language bill, a teen activist discusses climate lawsuits against governments and a law professor sets up Canada’s anticipated military justice review.


Generation COVID

On this week’s show: A special edition of The House examines the impact of COVID-19 on Canada’s youth, as three teens reflect on the consequences of closing schools and a panel of education experts explore how Canada can ensure kids don’t fall behind. Plus: Manitoba’s education minister discusses reforms to his province’s school system and Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough talks about blunting the negative effects of graduating in a pandemic.


Breaking the third wave

On this week’s show: Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin discusses his province’s efforts to fight its third wave of COVID-19. Plus — hear a panel of political strategists take on the Trudeau ethics probe, Bill C-10 and Quebec language laws; a dive into why some Indigenous groups support the shutdown of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline; a report on the rise of politician-hosted podcasts; and a look at the fate of summer camps during the pandemic.


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.