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The House from CBC Radio

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.

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♫ We are family ♫

On this week’s show: U.S. Ambassador David Cohen kicks off a special episode on the Canada-U.S. relationship. Canadian senator Peter Boehm and the governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, discuss the state of democracy in both countries. Plus — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland gives her take on the bilateral relationship and NORAD commander Gen. Glen VanHerck talks about efforts to modernize the continental air defence force.

48mins

2 Jul 2022

Rank #1

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Justin Trudeau talks COVID, convoys and chaos

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discusses the eventful months of his third term so far, including the convoy protests, the war in Ukraine and the rising cost of living at home. Plus — the CBC’s Catharine Tunney explains what is behind Conservative calls for RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki to resign, and host Chris Hall sits down with three party strategists to talk about the surprising similarities between politics and baseball.

48mins

25 Jun 2022

Rank #2

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After rejection comes reflection for Erin O’Toole

On this week’s show: Erin O’Toole opens up about the challenges he faced as Conservative leader and the party dynamics at play in the race to choose his replacement. Plus — two journalists break down the latest in that campaign and Business Council of Canada CEO Goldy Hyder offers his take on the fight against inflation. Then, the captain of a British navy vessel details her ship’s extended Canadian visit this summer.

50mins

18 Jun 2022

Rank #3

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Backlogs, backlogs, backlogs

On this week’s show: Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie talks about the long delays at Toronto Pearson airport. Migration expert Andrew Selee discusses an agreement on migration signed by leaders at the Summit of the Americas. Plus — The House digs deep into immigration policy in Canada, hearing from immigrants, experts and minister Sean Fraser. And two food policy experts weigh in on the growing global food problem caused by the war in Ukraine.

50mins

11 Jun 2022

Rank #4

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Big moves on guns, drugs

On this week’s show: An NDP MP discusses his defeated proposal to decriminalize drug possession across the country. A mother whose son was killed in a shooting, a border community leader, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino and his Conservative critic Raquel Dancho all weigh in on the problem of gun violence and firearms smuggling in Canada. Plus — two journalists talk about the Ontario election and its implications for the federal Conservative leadership race.

48mins

4 Jun 2022

Rank #5

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Weathering more storms

On this week’s show: Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair talks about how Canada can be ready for the next big storm. Three strategists discuss the final days of the Ontario election. Plus — teenagers weigh in on a proposal to lower the voting age to 16, a law professor discusses Trudeau’s next Supreme Court pick and communications expert Andrew MacDougall talks about Boris Johnson’s partygate scandal.

48mins

28 May 2022

Rank #6

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Wild rose ruckus

Former Alberta premier Alison Redford talks about Jason Kenney’s decision to resign as leader of the UCP, once a new leader is chosen. Two experts discuss the government’s move to ban Huawei from this country’s telecom industry. Plus — Duane Smith of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation on how Canada can secure Arctic sovereignty, two economists discuss the threat of inflation and the CBC’s Murray Brewster talks about his weeks of reporting in war-torn Ukraine.

48mins

21 May 2022

Rank #7

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On Russia's doorstep

On this week’s show: Latvia’s PM discusses the strength of the NATO alliance in the Baltic states, and host Chris Hall visits a Ukrainian family newly arrived in Ottawa. Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne talks about his recent efforts to bring Canada’s auto industry into the electric era. Plus — Conservative Party members react to this week’s leadership debate, and an EU official details how lawmakers abroad are tackling online hate.

48mins

14 May 2022

Rank #8

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New world disorder

On this week’s show: International Trade Minister Mary Ng discusses meetings with her American counterpart and the idea of “friend-shoring.” In a special report, the CBC’s Raffy Boudjikanian examines what the potential end of Roe v. Wade means for Canada. Plus — two journalists break down the first week of campaigning in the Ontario provincial election and Bill Fox talks about his new book on the changes social media has wrought in politics and journalism.

50mins

7 May 2022

Rank #9

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Committing to continental defence

On this week’s show: Defence Minister Anita Anand details Canada’s commitments to Ukraine and continental defence. Two experts weigh in on efforts to investigate the government's use of the Emergencies Act. Plus — The House offers a special report on Jason Kenney’s leadership review, a former UN aid official discusses the potential for a global food crisis and NDP MP Randall Garrison talks about the end of restrictions on blood donations based on gender and sexual orientation.

48mins

30 Apr 2022

Rank #10