Episodes
The House may have adjourned for summer, but the politics are heating up. In this final At Issue of the season, the panel breaks down what’s ahead for the federal parties, including a high-stakes Toronto by-election. Plus, the on-going calls to release the names of MPs implicated in the foreign interference report.. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.
Published 06/21/24
At Issue this week: NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says he’s more alarmed than ever after reading an unredacted report on foreign interference, but Elizabeth May says she’s relieved. Pierre Poilievre is forced to voice his position on the capital gains tax changes. Plus, a byelection showdown in Toronto. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.
Published 06/14/24
Published 06/14/24
At Issue this week: A cross-party parliamentary committee looking into foreign interference says it has top-secret intelligence suggesting MPs have knowingly helped foreign state actors. A Conservative MP comes under fire for going against his party's platform on social issues. And could the Bank of Canada’s interest rate cut help the Liberals?  Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.
Published 06/07/24
At Issue this week: The Parliamentary Budget Office admits it made an ‘inadvertent error’ calculating the economic impact of the carbon tax and the Liberals want the record corrected. Greg Fergus survives the latest attempt by the Conservatives to oust him as Speaker. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.
Published 05/31/24
At Issue this week: Does a recent string of insults and attacks in the House of Commons signal that an ugly election campaign is coming? The Parti Québécois pitches independence to anglophone voters. Plus, another would-be Conservative nominee alleges the party meddled in the process.  Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.
Published 05/24/24
At Issue this week | Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pitches his capital gains tax changes directly to Canadians in an explainer-style YouTube video. Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre suggests a summer vacation from gas taxes. Plus, is Mark Carney the Liberal leader-in-waiting? Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Althia Raj and Aaron Wherry.
Published 05/17/24
At Issue this week | The Liberals introduce new legislation to address foreign meddling, but it may not be ready for the next election. Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre’s two-sided relationship with lobbyists. Plus, federal public sector workers push back on having more time in the office. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.
Published 05/10/24
At Issue this week: Pierre Poilievre gets booted from the House of Commons after calling Trudeau and his support for B.C.’s drug decriminalization “wacko” and hints he’ll use the notwithstanding clause to get tough on crime if he becomes prime minister. Plus, are the government’s climate policies working? Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.
Published 05/03/24
At Issue this week: Early polling suggests the Liberals didn’t get the bump from the budget the party was hoping for. Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre makes a pit stop with controversial protesters. Plus, Honda’s big investment in its Canadian manufacturing. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.
Published 04/26/24
At Issue this week: The Liberals work to sell their multi-billion dollar spending plan and capital gains tax hike. Pierre Poilievre tells Radio-Canada what he thinks of the federal budget. And another province pushes back on the carbon tax. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.
Published 04/19/24
The 2024 federal budget included nearly $53 billion in new spending and a tax hike on the richest Canadians, but can the government get the buy-in from provinces and territories it needs to live up to some big promises? Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.
Published 04/17/24
At Issue this week: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the foreign interference inquiry that he didn’t see all the available intelligence briefings — should Canadians be concerned? Will the government’s budget announcements be enough to sway young voters. Plus, Alberta moves to block municipalities from making deals with Ottawa. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Althia Raj and Kelly Cryderman
Published 04/12/24
At Issue this week: Several premiers said the federal government is overreaching by offering to work directly with municipalities on housing. Former Conservative leader Erin O’Toole says foreign interference was a factor in the party’s 2021 election loss. Plus, three NDP MPs announce plans to leave politics. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.
Published 04/05/24
At Issue this week: The Liberal government goes on a pre-budget charm offensive with a new tone and messaging about ‘fairness.’ Several premiers appear before committees to criticize the upcoming carbon tax hike. Plus, testimony begins in Canada’s foreign interference inquiry. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Aaron Wherry.
Published 03/29/24
At Issue this week: The Conservatives table a no-confidence vote over the carbon tax. The NDP’s controversial motion on the Middle East. Plus, is it too late for the Liberal government to fix its procurement problems? Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.
Published 03/22/24
At Issue this week: Multiple premiers are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to pause a carbon tax increase planned for April 1. ArriveCan contractors answer questions from MPs about their contract and the app’s cost. Plus, is Canada considering a TikTok ban? Ian Hanomansing hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.
Published 03/15/24
At Issue this week: Saskatchewan is holding back its share of the carbon tax, so how will the federal government ensure other provinces pay up? The Conservatives want more transparency surrounding the Winnipeg lab leaks that got two Chinese scientists fired. Plus, does the pharmacare legislation live up to the promises? Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Althia Raj and Kelly Cryderman.
Published 03/08/24
At Issue this week: Remembering Brian Mulroney, who served as prime minister during a tumultuous era but left office deeply unpopular after his death at 84. Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Tonda MacCharles and Rob Russo.
Published 03/01/24
At Issue this week: The federal Liberals are set to announce a bill to make the internet safer for kids, something the Opposition says limits free speech. Quebec asks for $1 billion to handle the growing costs of asylum seekers. Plus, the head of the firm at the centre of the ArriveCan affair summoned to Parliament. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.
Published 02/23/24
At Issue this week: Canada’s auditor general finds “glaring disregard” for the rules in how the Liberal government commissioned the ArriveCan app during the pandemic. Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says the government will build roads. And a Liberal MP rips his government’s approach to the conflict in the Gaza Strip in a private call. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.
Published 02/16/24
At Issue this week: The debate over Alberta’s gender policies lands on Parliament Hill, with Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre saying he doesn’t support trans kids taking puberty blockers. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh threatens to pull out of a deal with the Liberals over pharmacare. Plus, Bell Media blames its recent layoffs on the government. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.
Published 02/09/24
At Issue this week: Alberta introduces new policies restricting access to gender-affirming care for minors and requiring parental consent for pronoun and name changes at school. The Liberals consider a carbon-tax rebrand. Plus, the Conservative party’s record-setting year of fundraising. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.
Published 02/02/24
At Issue this week: A federal judge ruled the government’s use of the Emergencies Act was unreasonable and infringed on Charter Rights, so what are the consequences for the Liberals? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have to rally his caucus after an MP called for a leadership review, then walked it back. Plus, adapting Canada-U.S. relations ahead of the presidential election. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.
Published 01/26/24
At Issue this week: Quebec’s premier asks Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to slow the influx of asylum seekers, saying his province is at a “breaking point.” Extreme cold strains Alberta’s power grid, and the province blames Ottawa’s focus on green energy. Plus, Rachel Notley steps down as leader of the Alberta NDP. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne, Althia Raj and Jason Markusoff.
Published 01/19/24