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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


Threat Assessments at the Halifax International Security Forum

Host Chris Hall discusses the most pressing global defence issues with leaders including NATO deputy secretary-general Rose Gottemoeller, Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance, and NATO military committee chairman Stuart Peach.


Calgary Olympics: failure to launch?

We hear from two Calgary city councillors with differing opinions on the city's failed bid, and an Olympics expert weighs in on whether the golden allure of the games is too tarnished for taxpayers. Plus, U.S. congresswoman-elect Deb Haaland breaks down barriers as the first Indigenous woman elected to Congress.


Welcome to the data economy

The UK's data watchdog blasts Canada's political parties for a lack of transparency around how they use voters' personal information, and a researcher walks us through how she uses data from Statistics Canada to do her job. The NDP's parliamentary leader Guy Caron reacts to Bombardier's massive job cuts, our In House panel tackles Tony Clement's extortion scandal, and Chris visits a special WWI commemoration exhibit in Ottawa.


How to shake up political campaigns, Macron-style

Suffering from a post-midterms political hangover? We've got your cure. Get a dose of positive politics with Guillaume Liegey, the organizer behind French President Emmanuel Macron's innovative campaign strategy, who shares his insights into improving politicians' ground games. Plus: UNHCR assistant High Commissioner Volker Turk on moving beyond using migrants as political props.


Midterms and a rise in populism

This week on The House, we talk with Democrat Congressman Ted Deutch on the upcoming U.S. midterms and what a potential shift in the House of Representatives could mean for the House of Commons. Also, Chris Hall chats with former Prime Minister Paul Martin about the shift towards more protectionist leaders heading G20 nations.


Midweek podcast: Pay equity and jurors' mental health

This week on the midweek podcast, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu walks us through the government's pay equity legislation and we talk to a former juror about a new mental health bill aimed at the justice system.


Courting China on trade and human rights

This week on The House, we ask Ambassador John McCallum about the path forward to a trade deal with China, then talk to New Zealand's Trade Minister David Parker on reforming the WTO. We also talk about the carbon tax with Ontario Environment Minister Rod Phillips. Finally, we break down political incivility in the age of social media with a political expert.


Midweek podcast: Gimmick vs. climate incentive

The Liberals are sending a rebate to Canadian families (in four provinces) to offset the higher costs of a carbon tax. This week on The House midweek podcast we ask Environment Minister Catherine McKenna if the incentive payout will pay off in 2019.


Tariff troubles persist

This week on The House, we talk about the remaining U.S. tariffs with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. We also take a look at food security in Canada's North, and examine how Canadians can prepare for fake news ahead of the 2019 election.


Midweek podcast: Legal pot is here

This week on The House midweek podcast, we talk to Magog, Que., Mayor Vicki-May Hamm about the remaining concerns municipalities have now that cannabis is legal. We also ask MP John McKay about the visit of Kentucky businesses to Canada and their message on trade.


The House: The influences of trade and Trump on votes in Kentucky

This week, The House is in Kentucky for a special edition episode focusing on Canada-U.S. trade and a key Republican-Democrat showdown in a swing district. We talk to Ambassador Kelly Craft, Governor Matt Bevin, former Congressman Ben Chandler, as well as Kentucky businesses with Canadian connections and analysts about what trade and Trump mean for Canada's continued relationship with Kentucky.


Midweek podcast: The House talks trade in Kentucky

This week, The House is in Kentucky to talk to key players about the Canada-U.S. relationship and how a Congressional race in the state could be a catalyst to flip the House of Representatives from Republican red to Democratic blue.


The House: Ottawa's carbon tax loses another ally

This week on the House, we talk to Manitoba's premier Brian Pallister on why he's now prepared to let Ottawa slap a tax on his province. Chris Hall sits down with the U.K.'s High Commissioner to Canada to talk Brexit and we take a look at pot legalization as the date draws closer.


Midweek podcast: Setting the table for the Trans Mountain expansion

This week on The House midweek podcast, after Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi announced the next steps the government is taking to consult with First Nations on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, host Chris Hall gets reaction from Chief Bob Chamberlin, the vice-president of the UBCIC. Plus, Québec Solidaire's Vincent Marissal tells about his historic win in the provincial election.


Disses, Deadlines, Diplomacy, and Donald

This week on The House, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom defends Chrystia Freeland after Trump trash talks "Canada's negotiator." Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr takes on the challenge of selling Canada internationally as a solid bet on trade despite U.S. rhetoric as the NAFTA deadline looms, and former New Zealand PM Helen Clark gets passionate about the Kavanaugh hearings, sexism in the UN and breaking glass ceilings for women everywhere. Plus: B.C. Green Party leader Andrew...


Midweek podcast: 'Green Wave' and going without Greyhound

On The House midweek podcast, Chris catches up with newly-minted New Brunswick Green MLA Megan Mitton after she wins her seat by 11 votes. Is a 'Green Wave' sweeping provincial politics? Polls analyst Eric Grenier offers his quick takes on the election limbo, too. Then, the CBC's Jeff Walters joins Chris from the roads and bus stops of Northern Ontario as he explores the impact of Greyhound's closures.


Will Canada answer the UN's call?

This week on The House, Canada's ambassador to the UN Marc-Andre Blanchard discusses Trudeau's priorities on the world stage as he heads to New York for the 73rd United Nations General Assembly. Plus: Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson on the government's opening response to the Trans Mountain ruling, and labour leader Hassan Yussuff on NAFTA.


NAFTA pressure ramps up and does floor crossing pay off?

This week on the midweek podcast, host Chris Hall digs into the latest on NAFTA talks with Laura Dawson as prominent U.S. politicians vent about Canada's negotiating tactics. Then, University of Montreal PhD student Semra Sevi walks us through her analysis of the risks of political floor crossing - does the gamble work?


Feeling the Bern: Maxime Bernier unveils new party

The rogue former Conservative MP visits The House to unveil his new political party - the People's Party of Canada. Then, Chris looks ahead to the fall sitting of Parliament as MPs make their way back to Ottawa after a not-so-sleepy summer, and mayors weigh in on the controversial spat heating up between Ontario's Doug Ford and Toronto city council.


Midweek podcast: The debate over the nothwithstanding clause

This week on The House midweek podcast, Carissima Mathen, professor of law and and constitutional expert at the University of Ottawa, talks about the repercussions of the decision by Ontario Premier Doug Ford to invoke the notwithstanding clause. We also ask the CBC's Hannah Thibedeau and David Cochrane for the latest details on the NDP and Liberal caucus meetings.