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The House is Canada's most popular political affairs show. Every Saturday host Chris Hall takes you to Parliament Hill — and around the country — for in- depth coverage and analysis of the week’s major political news.

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 …
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 …
Capitol under siege Jan. 9, 2021
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
On this week’s show: An Alberta woman who lost her father to COVID-19 shares her story and argues for changes to the government’s response. COVID Immunity Task Force co-chair Dr. Catherine Hankins discusses Canada’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine. Also, CERB recipients talk about an attempted clawback of some people’s …
Countdown to a vaccine Dec. 5, 2020
On this week’s show: Tourism operators in Alberta and Newfoundland offer their thoughts on new government aid. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole scrutinizes Canada's vaccine plans. British journalist Claire Bolderson analyzes the U.K.’s recent vaccine approval. Also, the CBC’s Bartley Kives outlines Manitoba’s continued struggle with soaring COVID-19 cases and two …
The North Rising Nov. 27, 2020
On this week’s special: The House explores Ottawa’s relationship to Canada’s three territories and their path toward province-like powers. Learn how federal funding could help one First Nation in the Northwest Territories ease its housing shortage and hear the former Iqaluit mayor discuss Nunavut’s connectivity struggles. Plus, Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm …
On this week's show: An Edmonton doctor reveals the "emotional fatigue" of working on the hospital front lines and families open up about loved ones in Alberta's hard-hit long-term care homes. Then, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson explains the government’s new bill to set net-zero emissions targets, two activists talk about …
Second wave rising Nov. 14, 2020
On this week’s show: The House takes stock of Canada's patchwork response to the COVID-19 pandemic and considers Australia’s response as cases surge. Then, a wide-ranging interview with the new Green party leader, Annamie Paul. Plus, Alberta's representative in Washington talks about working with the incoming Biden administration. Finally, a …
On this week’s show: A cybersecurity expert explains what a Russian attack on COVID-19 vaccine research means and why Canada is well-poised to face future interference. Plus, two advocates for a green recovery — and a champion of Canada’s oil and gas sector — talk about bouncing back from COVID-19, …
On this week’s show: The CBC’s Rosemary Barton and the Toronto Star’s Susan Delacourt weigh in on what the WE Charity controversy means for the Liberal government. Plus, a member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council discusses why he didn't participate in an advisory board for the project. Then, two …
On this week’s show: Education officials and an infectious disease specialist discuss resuming school in September; while Canada's Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen, talks support for parents. Then, MPs weigh in on the Liberal government and the WE Charity parting ways — and next week’s fiscal …
On this week’s show: Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland on COVID-19, Canadians detained in China and NAFTA 2.0. Plus, a privacy expert on whether Canada’s federally backed contact-tracing app should be made mandatory, a panel discussion on how the RCMP should respond to growing demands for accountability and justice and …
This week on The House: Lawyer Danardo Jones talks reforming Canada’s criminal justice system and how change must go far beyond policing. Two international relations experts weigh in on Canada’s United Nations Security Council loss, plus the CBC’s Bartley Kives delivers a report on Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister’s pandemic politics. …
This week on The House, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh explains why his party drew the line on supporting the minority Liberal government this week. Then, two experts weigh in on whether Canadians should be concerned about continued government spending with little oversight. Plus, a special look at diversity and inclusion …
The pandemic of racism June 6, 2020
As Canadians react to the death of George Floyd and the urgent call for racial justice across the United States, The House convenes a panel of three Black Canadian politicians to discuss anti-Black racism in this country: Nova Scotia Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, Quebec Liberal leader Dominique Anglade and Alberta …
This week on The House, Dr. Kwame McKenzie, a psychiatry professor and CEO of the Wellesley Institute, asks why Canada isn’t doing a better job tracking which ethnic and socioeconomic groups are bearing the biggest burden when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, B.C. Premier John Horgan reflects on …
This week on The House, ​​​​​​​CBC senior reporter Salimah Shivji outlines the federal government’s pitch to provinces and territories to help them increase COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, and who’s on board. Plus, a leading infectious diseases specialist explains this country’s role in identifying effective treatments to reduce the symptoms …