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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.


Ottawa, ON


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


COVID's next frontier: Contact tracing and the race to find a treatment

This week on The House, ​​​​​​​CBC senior reporter Salimah Shivji outlines the federal government’s pitch to provinces and territories to help them increase COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, and who’s on board. Plus, a leading infectious diseases specialist explains this country’s role in identifying effective treatments to reduce the symptoms and severity of COVID-19 infections; Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne reflects on the pandemic’s effect on Canada's already...


Travels and tribulations

This week on The House: CBC reporter Ashley Burke brings you the latest on Air Canada's expected layoffs; Transport Minister Marc Garneau explores what it might take to see Canada’s grounded airline industry take off once again; three tourism operators from across the country open up about a difficult season ahead; CBC Washington correspondent Alex Panetta reveals where Canada has surpassed the U.S. in a concerning statistic; economists Armine Yalnizyan and Philip Cross discuss whether a...


Work in a COVID-19 world

This week on The House, the service and retail sectors are being hit particularly hard by the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has put more than three million Canadians out of work since March. Chris Hall hears from three women who lost their jobs and face uncertain futures. Then, an expert on ageing considers whether it’s time to bring long-term care under the Canada Health Act, a pair of Tories discuss how the Conservative Party of Canada can push its leadership race...


The mystery of immunity

On this week's show, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair talks about the Liberal government's ban on assault weapons — and the timing of the announcement. The co-chair of Canada's new COVID-19 Immunity Task Force discusses where we stand on protecting against the virus. Plus, Liberal MP Greg Fergus on representing a Quebec riding near the Ontario border amid re-opening plans, how students are handling the pandemic and the toll of the crisis on Canadians' mental health.


Mourning in the midst of a pandemic

This week on The House, Nova Scotia Sen. Stan Kutcher joins Chris Hall to talk about the impact of the Nova Scotia shootings — and how people in his province are coping. Then, an Ottawa physician discusses the concept of immunity passports — and their repercussions — as a stepping stone to reopening the economy in the absence of a COVID-19 vaccine. Plus, two political commentators debate whether Question Period is an essential service; Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau explains what’s...


A terrible toll: How the human and economic costs of COVID-19 are piling up

On this week's show, a human rights advocate discusses how the COVID-19 crisis has unleashed a reckoning in Canada about the treatment of seniors. Plus, we learn about a camp sheltering hundreds of thousands Rohingya refugees and how it's facing the pandemic. Finance Minister Bill Morneau talks about aid for Canada's oil and gas sector and the moment he realized the severity of this crisis, and we hear from artists worried about their livelihoods amid a ban on public gatherings.


What if? Reflecting on Canada’s COVID-19 response

This week on The House, federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu assesses Canada’s pandemic response thus far — and explains why she thinks now is not the time to analyze the government’s steps. Meanwhile, the CBC’s Karina Roman takes a closer look at those steps and whether they led to missed opportunities. Plus, we hear from three MPs on how they’re fulfilling their parliamentary duties from inside their homes, while others weigh in on the ways they’re marking religious holidays this month.


A critical week in the fight against COVID-19

This week on The House, infection control and prevention expert Dr. Michael Gardam dissects new data from the Ontario government and explains what he expects to see nationwide in the coming weeks. Then, Minister of Seniors Deb Schulte on what the federal government is doing to protect seniors from the virus; former federal health minister Jane Philpott on her return to the medical frontlines; and Anita Anand, minister of public services and procurement, on what the government is doing to...


Adjusting to a new reality

This week on The House, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains talks about what's being done to help Canadians affected by COVID-19. Plus, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer offers his own assessment of the Trudeau government's COVID-19 response; three small business owners reflect on their current fears and future hopes; we go inside an unprecedented 18 hours on Parliament Hill as MPs worked to pass the government's emergency aid package; and veteran climate activist...


'It will get worse before it gets better': Canada copes with COVID-19

On the show this week: Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland talks preparing for the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh digs into the role opposition parties play in a state of crisis — even in a suspended Parliament. Plus, hear from two writers on prioritizing social cohesion, two seniors on how they are coping with the threat of the virus and a senator on how COVID-19 poses a serious challenge for Canada's prisons.


A week of rapid and extraordinary change

This week on The House: politicians, reporters, historians and Canadians share their thoughts on the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, and weigh in on other concerns across the country.


Perry Bellegarde says Indigenous people need 'allies' - and blockades don't help

This week on The House, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Perry Bellegarde looks ahead to the mid-March First Ministers' Meeting with the country's premiers and Indigenous leaders; we dive into where the Conservative leadership race is heading; and Dr. Bruce Aylward of the World Health Organization discusses Canada's response to COVID-19. Plus, an update on Centre Block's major renovations, and one expert's take on the lack of women in politics.


The politics of pandemics

This week on The House, an infection control specialist warns of pandemic preparedness in Canada. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland talks about how the government is preparing for a coronavirus pandemic, and whether it's possible to develop oil and gas projects in a time of net-zero. Plus, Paul Kershaw on Generation Squeeze, Rachel Eugster on her efforts to get Democrats outside the U.S. to vote and Goldy Hyder, CEO of the Business Council of Canada, on getting past partisanship to...


Calls to end rail blockades and the fate of the Teck Frontier project

This week on The House, Chris Hall speaks to Public Safety Minister Bill Blair on a peaceful end to the rail blockades and gets reaction from a disappointed member of the Wet'suwet'en Nationon. Also on the show, two Liberal MPs about the fate of the Teck Frontier oilsands project. Plus, we hear from a woman who reflects on her time on the frontlines of the Oka crisis 30 years ago, and learn about a new effort to diversify policymakers in Canada.


Canadawide pipeline protests 'bump' in road to reconciliation, Transport Minister Marc Garneau says

Canada’s transport minister Marc Garneau says blocked rail lines and other protests across Canada in support of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs are just a bump in the road in the process of reconciling the historic grievances of First Nations.


Was the federal government right to quarantine Canadians evacuated from Wuhan?

As the people Canada flew out of Wuhan, China settle into their second day of a two-week quarantine at a Canadian military base, the debate over whether they pose a real risk of spreading the novel coronavirus here is heating up.


Canadians want expanded access to medical assistance in dying: Justice Minister

This week on The House, Justice Minister David Lametti says he thinks Canadians want expanded access to medical assistance in dying following an online questionnaire that garnered the largest number of responses the department has ever received during a public consultation. Plus interviews with: two MPs on Black Canadians being underrepresented in Parliament; the U.K. High Commissioner to Canada on Brexit; and Health Minister Patty Hajdu on the latest government efforts regarding the novel...


UK limits Huawei in British 5G networks, but could Canada do the same?

This week on The House, we look at the U.K. proposing that Huawei equipment could be used in the country’s 5G networks — in a limited capacity. The move positions Canada as the only undecided nation in the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network. Plus, interviews with: the B.C. Provincial Health Officer on the spread of the coronavirus; Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister; and a look at a proposed site for a LGBT monument in the nation's capital.


Eight years after, Canada's move to close Iranian embassy still controversial

This week on The House, guest host Evan Dyer looks at what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government must do to get answers following the downing of UIA Flight PS752. Plus, we have interviews with: a former foreign affairs director who was involved in the closure of Canada's embassy in Iran; a legal scholar on the latest developments in the dispute between the Wet’suwet’en people and Coastal GasLink; Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado on a year of unrest in her country; and a...


Canada, allies deserve answers on downed UIA Flight PS752

This week on The House, Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne joins Chris Hall to offer his reaction to an intense week in Canadian foreign relations and provide a sense of what comes next. Then, a panel of MPs reflect on how the crash of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752 is reverberating across the country. Plus, Iran is an emerging player in the global disinformation game. In the wake of military tension between the U.S. and Iran this past week, false narratives...