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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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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.


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.