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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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SNC-Lavalin, take two

This week on The House, MPs Jane Philpott and Marc Miller join us to talk about the SNC-Lavalin report. We take a look at the situation in Hong Kong, and get the latest on the Manitoba provincial election. Finally, the Strategists are back to look ahead to the writ drop.


Fitting the workforce for a green economy

This week on The House, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May talks about part of her platform for the election. Former G7 sherpa Peter Boehm looks ahead to this month's summit. What happens to citizens and the government in the digital age? Two experts join us. Finally, we look at the debate over gun control in Canada with three MPs.


Nation building in the North

This week on The House, Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq joins us to discuss the North's priorities for the upcoming election. We get a NAFTA update from experts on both sides of the border. And Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale talks about what the Five Eyes nations accomplished at their meeting this week.


How the SNC-Lavalin affair could affect the Indigenous vote

This week on The House: Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde talks about what Indigenous voters want out of this election. U.K. professor Simon Usherwood walks us through what Prime Minister Boris Johnson could mean for Canada. And what impact might the Mueller hearings have on the upcoming Democratic debates in the U.S.? Author Nancy L. Cohen joins us for her take.


Why China is so focused on Canada's election

This week on The House, Japanese Ambassador Kimihiro Ishikane talks about what Japan has learned from dealing with China. We also speak to Rear-Admiral Jennifer Bennett about the new settlement for sexual assault victims in the military. Finally, we look at President Trump's racist tweets and identity politics with professor Victoria Esses.


Premiers leave Council of the Federation in unity... mostly

This week on The House, CBC senior reporter Salimah Shivji gives a debrief on the premiers' meeting. We talk about the controversial expansion of the Chateau Laurier with architectural historian Peter Coffman. Cartoonist Michael de Adder defends his Trump cartoon and finally, we look at the significance of putting alt-right groups on the terrorist list with national security expert Leah West.


How will premiers keep a provincial focus with a federal vote looming?

This week on The House, B.C. Premier John Horgan joins us to look ahead to next week's premiers meeting. We look at the stakes for Canadians in Hong Kong amid protests over extradition laws with an activist. Finally, are political cartoons a dying medium? We talk to a communications professor about up-and-coming memes.


China and Canada face-to-face at the G20

This week on The House, we talk about the G20 summit in Japan with a former interpreter and get a fresh update from our reporter there. Our strategist panel is back to talk about the kick off of the pre-writ period. Finally, we look at climate change and the path forward for Canada with two environment experts.


Cabinet says yes, again, to expanding Trans-Mountain pipeline

This week on The House we discuss the federal cabinet's decision to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline, again. Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson explains why it won't derail Canada's plan to meet its Paris targets. Deputy Conservative leader Lisa Raitt stops by to tell us why the Conservatives' newly announced environmental platform is better than what the Liberals have to offer. We also take a look at the Liberals' national dementia strategy by speaking to a family impacted by the...


What is appropriate influence in an election?

This week on The House, we talk about Elections Canada's plans to enlist social media influencers to get out the vote with expert Amanda Clarke. We'll review the upcoming energy-related decisions on Trans Mountain and Bill C-69 with Enbridge CEO Al Monaco and Coldwater Chief Lee Spahan. Finally, we look at the new carbon tax report with former Ontario environment commissioner Dianne Saxe.


Midweek podcast: Recommendations on the path to national pharmacare

This week on the midweek podcast, Dr. Eric Hoskins, head of the government's pharmacare advisory council, talks about the new report recommending universal coverage. We'll also get reaction from Linda Silas, president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions.


The politics of basketball

This week on The House, former political strategists Scott Reid and Dennis Matthews join us to talk about why politicians are clinging to the success of the Toronto Raptors. We talk about how environmental issues will affect this election with Sabrina Bowman of GreenPAC. And, after a shooter's manifesto was read into the Parliamentary record, we ask what belongs in our history books.


Midweek podcast: Getting veterans off Canada's streets

This week on the midweek podcast, we speak to homeless advocate and former Canadian Armed Forces member Tim Richter about the latest motion in Parliament to help homeless veterans.


Congress is in no rush to pass the new NAFTA

This week on The House, U.S. Democrat Dan Kildee talks about what his party wants to see before they'll pass the new NAFTA. Mexico's ambassador to Canada talks about Trump's new tariffs, and two Arctic experts speak to us about the quest to plant our flag at the North Pole.


Midweek podcast: Frustrations continue for international data committee

This week on the midweek podcast, U.K. Member of Parliament Jo Stevens talks about the continued struggles of the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy to get answers from social media giants.


A judicial precedent for Quebec

This week on The House, Quebec Justice Minister Sonia LeBel talks about the decision to let her province have a say in picking its Supreme Court justices. We talk about digital privacy with Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains and look ahead to an international digital meeting hosted by Canada with MP Bob Zimmer. Finally, our In House panelists are back to talk about resources and the courts.


Midweek podcast: Trade union boss not ready to back new NAFTA yet

This week on the midweek podcast, we chat with United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard about union support for ratifying the new NAFTA, enforcing Mexican labour reform and what safeguards he thinks are needed to protect Canadian steel.


A test of metal: It's goodbye to steel and aluminum tariffs

This week on The House, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland talks about the new deal to lift steel and aluminum tariffs and Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff breaks down the final details before the deal came into place. With Bill C-48 in trouble, Senator David Tkachuk walks us through the legislation. Finally, our special strategist panel is back.


Midweek podcast: The curtain is closing on the bard of Parliament

This week on the midweek podcast, we talk to retiring Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner about the tone of politics, what he'd change on the Hill, and how he feels looking back on his 19 years in Parliament.


The House for May 11, 2019: Addressing cracks in the refugee system

This week on The House, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen defends the government after a scathing new report from the Auditor General. We recap the latest in the Mark Norman case with Conservative MP Erin O'Toole. Chris Hall sits down with New Zealand's high commissioner to discuss the Christchurch Call, and finally, two senators break down the amendments to Bill C-69.