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.
Biden’s first week, Payette’s last
On this week’s show: Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. Kirsten Hillman reflects on President Joe Biden’s move to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline. Carleton University’s Philippe Lagassé examines the implications of a vacant vice-regal office. Plus, the CBC’s Catherine Cullen recaps a turbulent week for the Conservatives, three MPs look ahead to Monday’s return to Parliament and Japan’s ambassador to Canada discusses shared green energy goals.
Fighting coronavirus variants
On this week’s show: B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix takes stock of his province’s attempts to flatten the COVID-19 curve — including the possibility of an inter-provincial travel ban. An Ontario epidemiologist discusses potential threats posed by a new variant of the virus. The CBC’s Paul Hunter in Washington weighs in on President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. And an extremism expert talks far-right radicalization here in Canada.
Capitol under siege
On this week’s show: A U.S. congresswoman reflects on her experience being locked down in the Capitol after rioters stormed the building. A voting rights advocate explains how Black voters helped the Democrats flip two Senate seats in Georgia. Two provincial officials address the vaccine rollout in their provinces. And a writer discusses the politics of prioritizing professional hockey during a pandemic.
The House’s 2020 year in review
On the show this week: A new year brings hope for an eventual return to normalcy, but many of the issues of 2020 will carry on. The House revisits some of the most important events, interviews and audio moments from the past year, including a look back at the pre-pandemic world, the early days of COVID-19, the reckoning over institutional racism, the Conservative leadership race, and the WE controversy.
The House's 2020 year-end quiz
How many headlines do you remember from 2020? It’s time to test your knowledge with The House’s annual end-of-year quiz! Play along with our panel of journalists as host Chris Hall pitches questions surrounding the biggest political stories from January through to December.
Reflections on an unprecedented year
On this week’s show: Three MPs reflect on what it’s been like to represent Canadians in an exceptional year. Then, the CBC’s Murray Brewster speaks with Maj-Gen. Jennie Carignan for a glimpse into the battle diary of one of Canada’s top soldiers. Also, two communications experts discuss the effectiveness of governments’ COVID-19 messaging and the CBC’s Olivia Stefanovich shares the story of a First Nation looking to end a quarter-century boil-water advisory.
Stair but solid
Oh so Canadian: well produced, content rich, but so boring!
C’mon news and politics don’t have to be so safe and predictable. I subscribe, but I must confess, I rarely listen... too bad the show ones was captivating.