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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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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.


Midweek podcast for May 8, 2019: A breakthrough for the Greens

On this week's midweek podcast, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May joins us to talk about the win in Nanaimo-Ladysmith and what the future holds for the party in October. We also break down the latest in the Vice-Admiral Mark Normal case with CBC defence reporter Murray Brewster.


The House for May 4, 2019: Tensions rise in the provinces

With several provinces challenging the federal carbon tax, and now an anticipated challenge between Alberta and B.C. over oil, intergovernmental relations in Canada are tense. This week on The House we talk to Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe about his own court challenge, and where federal-provincial relations go from here. We also ask Sen. Frances Lankin about Bill C-69. Finally, we talk about the Conservatives' strategy for Quebec with MP Gerard Deltell.


Midweek podcast for May 1, 2019: Trust and distrust in politics

On this week's midweek podcast, we talk to Greg MacEachern about a new study from Proof Strategies about how much Canadians trust - or distrust - politics, the media and the courts.


The House for April 27, 2019: Flooding across the country illustrates the need for adaptation

This week on The House, we talk to Climate Change Ambassador Patricia Fuller about how to prevent flooding in an era of climate change and natural disasters. We speak to the Japanese ambassador ahead of bilateral meetings between Japan and Canada's prime ministers and finally, we talk about the Green Party's federal chances after a strong provincial showing in P.E.I.


Midweek podcast for April 24, 2019: History made on Prince Edward Island

A bit of history was made this week on Prince Edward Island. The province elected its first minority government ever and made the Greens the official opposition for the first time anywhere in Canada. In this week's edition of the podcast Chris Hall talks to University of P.E.I. political science professor Don Desserud about the election results and what they might mean for the upcoming federal election.


The House for April 20: Halifax incidents raise questions about racism in Canada

This week on The House, we look ahead to Tuesday's provincial election in Prince Edward Island with two of the party leaders. We also explore racial profiling in Canada with Senator Wanda Bernard. And we ask our In House panel to recap the Alberta election and what to expect in October's federal one.


The House for April 13: The race to lead Alberta

Alberta's economy is still limping after years of economic setbacks and there is a palpable sense of anger about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion being delayed. Rachel Notley and her New Democratic Party are trying to hold onto power after breaking through in the last election; United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney is vowing to eliminate the carbon tax and take the fight to Ottawa. Whoever wins, the results will have major implications nationally and may foreshadow how Fall's...


Midweek podcast for April 10, 2019: Division in Alberta

This week, The House is in Alberta to explore the big issues in the provincial election. We talk to political scientist Lori Williams and Alberta Beef Producers chair Charlie Christie about the tone of politics, and what they're expecting.


The House for April 6, 2019: Recruiting the two ex-Liberals

This week on The House, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh talks about his time in the House of Commons, his plan for the environment and the SNC-Lavalin matter. We also talk about the carbon tax with Minister Catherine McKenna. Finally, MP John McKay fills us in on Russia's activity in the Arctic.


Midweek podcast for April 3, 2019: Trust and loyalty in a political party

Today on the midweek podcast, we ask a former chief of staff to Jean Chrétien and now-Senator Percy Downe about how trust and loyalty factor into a cabinet and caucus in the wake of two former cabinet ministers being kicked out of the party over the SNC-Lavalin affair.


A tale of the tape

This week on The House, Deputy Conservative Party Leader Lisa Raitt talks to us about the new Jody Wilson-Raybould recording released to the public. Plus, experts on agriculture and trade weigh in on the canola dispute with China. Finally, our campaign strategists from all three major federal parties are back to discuss plans for the election.


Midweek podcast: The opposition's latest calls to investigate SNC-Lavalin

This week on the midweek podcast, Chris Hall chats with NDP MP Tracy Ramsey and Conservative MP Peter Kent about what next steps they want to see now that two committees have rejected the study of the SNC-Lavalin affair.


The House: Budget, interrupted

This week on The House, we talk to Finance Minister Bill Morneau about his pre-election budget. We'll also get reaction from stakeholders in skills, education and housing sectors. And, while the Liberal caucus is in disarray, we ask MP Judy Sgro for her thoughts on Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott. Plus, with an election underway in Alberta, how will the issues in that province reflect on the nation? We talk to Rona Ambrose.


Midweek podcast: The Liberals' election year budget

This week on the midweek podcast, Chris Hall sits down with CBC's finance reporters and the Parliamentary Bureau chief to break down the initial winners and losers of Tuesday's budget.


New Zealand attacks and Tuesday's big budget

This week on The House, guest host Vassy Kapelos explores the power of political reaction to atrocities like the Christchurch mosque shootings with Ihsaan Gardee of the National Council of Canadian Muslims. Then, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu and our panel of journalists are here to look ahead to Tuesday's federal budget.


Midweek podcast: Tina Fontaine's legacy and Indigneous child welfare

Guest host Vassy Kapelos talks to Toronto Star columnist Tanya Talaga about the report out this week on the factors leading to 14-year-old Tina Fontaine's death in 2014, and how the federal government's Indigenous child welfare bill must seize the opportunity to prevent cases like Tina's from happening again.