The Hot Room is a podcast by The Hill Times, Canada's all-politics, all-the-time newspaper in the heart of Parliament Hill. We talk to politicians, experts, and other reporters about the biggest stories of the day.
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The government is holding a "seal summit" in Newfoundland this fall. The reason? To remedy a modern political and policy conundrum that has roots that go back decades in Canadian politics. Glenn Blackwood joins The Hot Room to give us the lowdown.
Assisted death under the microscope, with Pamela Wallin
Senator Pamela Wallin talks us through the parliamentary review of assisted dying in Canada: the good, the bad, and the change she wants to see.
Is the government ready for climate change?
Federal Environment Commissioner Jerry DeMarco joins The Hot Room to talk about what he found when he dug into five areas of the government's work on climate change.
Inside the House, with John Brassard
The Conservative House leader fields questions on the upcoming spring crunch in the House of Commons, delay tactics, and navigating the Liberal-NDP confidence agreement.
Re-arming the military, with Kim Richard Nossal
The author of Charlie Foxtrot joins The Hot Room to talk about budget 2022 commitments to beef up the military, and why Canada's government has struggled to get defence procurement right for decades.
Assessing the Liberal climate plan, with Michael Bernstein
The executive director of Clean Prosperity gives us his view of the strengths and weaknesses of the Liberal government's new plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions.
Is this Canada’s best podcast?
What a gem. If you’re looking for smart Canadian conversation that isn’t all about today’s headline news, you’ve come to the right place.
It is very bland, and lacks insight. NPR Politics for Canada, this is not.