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At Issue: May 9

18:11 | May 9th

The case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman may be over, but the political fallout is still very much ongoing. This week Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Shachi Kurl look at which party stands to benefit and where we go from here. Plus, the panel unpac...Show More
At Issue: May 2

19:40 | May 2nd

Jason Kenney brings his message, and warning, to Ottawa. Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Andray Domise unpack Kenney's strategy with the federal government and whether they were able to find common ground. Plus, a look at the politics of climate cha...Show More
At Issue: April 25

19:00 | Apr 25th

P.E.I. makes history with the country's first Green Opposition. This week, Andrew Coyne, Althia Raj and Éric Grenier dig into that province's Green surge and whether it can translate to votes federally. Plus, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has a new book. ...Show More
At Issue: April 18

19:02 | Apr 18th

Jason Kenney is now premier-designate of Alberta and he joins the ranks of a growing number of conservative premiers across Canada. This week, Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Shachi Kurl, unpack what Kenney's win means for the rest of Canada and for...Show More
At Issue: April 11

17:40 | Apr 11th

Albertans head to the polls in just a few days. But the outcome of the election could affect all Canadians. So what will the results mean for Alberta's relationship with Ottawa? The At Issue gang talks Alberta politics this week. Plus the latest in t...Show More
At Issue: April 4

18:23 | Apr 4th

Just days after they were ousted from the Liberal caucus, Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott say this whole thing could have been avoided had the prime minister apologized. At Issue looks at what an apology would have done and where the governmen...Show More
Special At Issue: Wilson-Raybould and Philpott removed from caucus

14:28 | Apr 2nd

Prime Minister Trudeau expelled Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus tonight. So what did today's move show us about how the government manages its caucus? And is it enough for the government to turn the page for good on thi...Show More
At Issue: March 28

15:33 | Mar 28th

The Quebec government tabled its secularism bill today. It would see public workers, in positions of authority, banned from wearing religious symbols. It also invokes the notwithstanding clause. So is Ottawa preparing for a fight with Quebec? And how...Show More
At Issue: March 21

20:30 | Mar 21st

The government's attempts to change the channel, and sell the budget, just got a lot more complicated. In an interview with Maclean's, Jane Philpott says there is more to the SNC-Lavalin story. Add to that a marathon voting session in the House, and ...Show More
Special At Issue: Federal Budget 2019

13:04 | Mar 19th

Bill Morneau has tabled his pre-election budget hoping to change the channel on the SNC-Lavalin controversy, but the opposition wouldn't let them have it. So whose messaging was the loudest? And what does this budget tell us about Liberals' campaign ...Show More
At Issue: March 14

17:40 | Mar 14th

The federal budget is just days away and that's also the next time the justice committee will meet. Except this time it will be behind closed doors. So what happens next in the SNC-Lavalin controversy? And how will the government use the budget to re...Show More
At Issue: March 7

19:53 | Mar 7th

The prime minister's narrative has changed over the past month since the SNC-Lavalin story first broke.But today Justin Trudeau gave his first full press conference about this issue. And he expressed some regret. Was it enough? At Issue unpacks Trude...Show More
Special At Issue: Gerald Butts testifies

11:56 | Mar 6th

Another big day at the House of Commons justice committee. Gerald Butts testified and shared his version of events. Plus the Clerk of the Privy Council, Michael Wernick, was back in the hot seat. This time with Nathalie Drouin, the deputy minister of...Show More
Special At Issue: Jane Philpott resignation

11:12 | Mar 4th

Jane Philpott, one of Justin Trudeau's most trusted ministers, announced Monday she has resigned from cabinet as the Liberal government's crisis over the SNC-Lavalin affair deepens. How damaging is her abrupt departure? Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew C...Show More
At Issue: February 28

22:52 | Feb 28th

It's the PMO vs. Jody Wilson-Raybould and each side is sticking to its own interpretation of events. The panellists take on what's next in the SNC-Lavalin controversy and answer viewer questions. Plus, a look at the three federal byelection results. ...Show More
Special At Issue: Jody Wilson-Raybould testifies

11:36 | Feb 27th

At Issue is in your feed with a special Wednesday edition. The panel digs into Jody Wilson-Raybould's testimony at the justice committee. Where does this leave the government? And what is the political impact? Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia ...Show More
At Issue: February 21

21:15 | Feb 21st

Canada's top civil servant shares some strong words with the justice committee. Michael Wernick, the Clerk of the Privy Council, says there was no unlawful or inappropriate pressure placed on Jody Wilson-Raybould. So are we any closer to understandin...Show More
Special At Issue: Gerald Butts resigns

09:48 | Feb 18th

Bombshell departure at the PMO. Gerald Butts, the prime minister's principal secretary, steps down. But says he denies pressuring Jody Wilson-Raybould on SNC-Lavalin. So why resign? And what kind of hole does this leave in government? At Issue is in ...Show More
At Issue: February 14

16:30 | Feb 14th

Jody Wilson-Raybould stays silent as the SNC-Lavalin controversy enters its second week. All this as the justice committee limits who it will hear from. So what does this do for a government whose brand is all about openness and transparency? At Issu...Show More
Special At Issue: Jody Wilson-Raybould resignation

13:00 | Feb 12th

The SNC-Lavalin scandal wasn't even a controversy a week ago, but it took a dramatic turn on Tuesday. Former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced she was quitting the federal cabinet. We've assembled a special At Issue panel to discuss wha...Show More
At Issue: February 7

17:06 | Feb 7th

Allegations of interference. Did the PMO pressure the former minister of justice to strike a deal with SNC-Lavalin? The prime minister says the allegations in the Globe and Mail are false, but lots of questions remain. At Issue takes on the governmen...Show More
At Issue: January 31

17:52 | Jan 31st

New House of Commons, same problems...especially when it comes to the China file. With the government now without its ambassador there to walk the talk, how does it get that relationship back on track? The panel looks at the state of the government's...Show More
At Issue: January 24

18:04 | Jan 24th

Mixed messages on China. Canada's ambassador makes bold statements, only to later take them back. Did John McCallum go rogue? And how are foreign policy issues continuing to make life difficult for the government? Plus, the panel looks ahead to the l...Show More
At Issue: January 17

20:17 | Jan 17th

The politics of byelections, cabinet shuffles...and secession. At Issue takes on Jody Wilson-Raybould's cabinet demotion and the latest in the Burnaby-South byelection. With the Liberal candidate forced out, does this give NDP leader Jagmeet Singh th...Show More
At Issue: January 10

19:45 | Jan 10th

An upcoming cabinet shuffle and three byelection calls...The House isn't back yet, but the government is already making moves. The panel tackles some of these changes as we start the year. Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne, Shachi Kurl and Andray Do...Show More
At Issue: January 3

15:00 | Jan 3rd

We start the year with what's on your mind. The At Issue panel answers your questions about 2019 and the upcoming federal election. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne, Paul Wells and Althia Raj.
At Issue: December 27

15:35 | Dec 27th, 2018

We look back on the political year that was. Who was the M.V.P. MP? Or the biggest political liability? The At Issue gang answers those questions and more. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne, Paul Wells and Althia Raj.
At Issue: December 20

18:17 | Dec 20th, 2018

The federal government announces $1.6 billion to help Alberta's energy sector. But the political and economic concerns are still there. At Issue looks into Ottawa's response and tensions around Canadian unity. Plus, the panellists take on the latest ...Show More
At Issue: December 13

15:49 | Dec 13th, 2018

Canada is caught in the middle between two superpowers. Ottawa says this isn't political, but China seems to feel differently. So is Canada being used? At Issue digs into the complicated Canada-China relationship. Plus, Alberta premier Rachel Notley'...Show More
At Issue: December 6

18:00 | Dec 6th, 2018

It's gearing up to be a tense first ministers meeting in Montreal. Some premiers are frustrated with the agenda and what they say is missing from it. At Issue sets up what's at stake. Plus, the panel looks into how far the Conservatives are willing t...Show More
At Issue: November 29

17:51 | Nov 29th, 2018

General Motors announces the closure of its plant in Oshawa, Ont. Meanwhile, Alberta's oil sector continues to suffer. So how should governments respond? And at what political price? At Issue digs into that. Plus, more fallout after Doug Ford backtra...Show More
At Issue: November 22

19:24 | Nov 22nd, 2018

The federal government unveiled its fall fiscal update this week. Now it's out trying to convince Canadians that going deeper into the red will benefit the economy. So do deficits even matter? The At Issue panel weighs in. Plus, they discuss the Ford...Show More
At Issue: November 15

17:02 | Nov 15th, 2018

World leaders are warning about the rise of nationalism. But what are the consequences of their messages? At Issue takes on a word that is getting a lot of attention these days. Plus, the prime minister brings his trade agenda to China and ASEAN coun...Show More
At Issue: November 8

18:17 | Nov 8th, 2018

Andrew Scheer kicks Tony Clement out of the Conservative caucus this week. The panel digs into how political parties should handle this type of situation. Also, the U.S. midterms may be over, but what does a divided Congress mean for the Canada-U.S. ...Show More
At Issue: November 1

17:17 | Nov 1st, 2018

This week on the At Issue podcast, panellists Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hébert and Chris Hall join host Rosemary Barton to discuss the Liberal government's new Debates Commission, former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson's expenses under scrutiny, and t...Show More
At Issue: October 25

18:40 | Oct 25th, 2018

The federal government revealed its plan to impose its own carbon tax on the provinces who refused one. And the critics have already come out swinging. Could this be the next big election issue? The At Issue gang talks everything carbon tax. Plus, th...Show More
At Issue: October 18

17:11 | Oct 18th, 2018

Pot, politics and pardons. Should the government have gone further? Plus, what message is Ottawa sending when it comes to Saudi Arabia? And, a look at the cost of scrapping Ontario's cap-and-trade system. It's been a busy week and At Issue is here to...Show More
At Issue: October 11

17:30 | Oct 11th, 2018

Legalization of recreational cannabis is just days away and the stakes are high. After all, this was one of the federal government's key campaign promises. So how will we gauge its success? And how many bumps in the road are acceptable? The panel dig...Show More
At Issue: October 4

17:56 | Oct 4th, 2018

Quebec's premier-designate is already threatening to use the notwithstanding clause. So is this the new norm? And what kind of challenges does this pose for Ottawa? Plus, the panel talks NAFTA 2.0 or USMCA as it's now called. And an update on the LNG...Show More
At Issue: September 27

17:57 | Sep 27th, 2018

New Brunswick is in a political deadlock after this week's election. Could a similar situation play out in Quebec? And how is Ottawa reading the results? At Issue takes on those questions. Plus, a look at why Conservatives seem to using crime as a we...Show More
At Issue: September 20

18:40 | Sep 20th, 2018

Deal or no deal? Canadian officials were back at the NAFTA negotiating table in Washington this week. But talks have been described as tense and slow. The panel tries to make sense of it all. Plus, MPs are back in Ottawa and the countdown is on for t...Show More
At Issue: September 13

20:04 | Sep 13th, 2018

The panel takes on Doug Ford's decision to invoke the notwithstanding clause for the first time in Ontario. Was this the right thing to do? Plus, the NDP and Liberals meet ahead of the falls session of Parliament. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert...Show More
At Issue: September 6

18:02 | Sep 6th, 2018

At Issue is back for a new season and there is lots to talk about. The panel digs into how the government is managing the NAFTA talks and the decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. We also check in on the Conservative Party and the NDP. R...Show More
At Issue: Maxime Bernier Special

09:34 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Former Conservative leadership hopeful Maxime Bernier has stormed away from the party and slammed the door on his way out. Rosemary Barton hosts Andrew Coyne and Chantal Hébert for a special summer edition of At Issue to talk about Bernier's endgame ...Show More
At Issue: End of Season

16:11 | Jun 21st, 2018

School's out for the summer... or at least, the House of Commons is. From the chaos that surrounded Canada's relationship with the U.S. to the passing of the Cannabis Act, it's certainly been an eventful spring sitting. And with a federal election on...Show More
At Issue: June 14

18:03 | Jun 14th, 2018

The war of words between Canada and the US has been heating up, and former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney has never seen anything like it- but he still doesn't think it's fatal. At Issue checks in on the US-Canada relationship and the burgeoning trade...Show More
At Issue: June 8

16:13 | Jun 8th, 2018

It was a busy Thursday, so we moved At Issue to Friday! Canada's most populated province has a new leader: what will Ontario look like with Doug Ford at the helm? Plus, the country is one step closer to legalizing pot, thanks to the Senate's latest d...Show More
At Issue: May 31

18:09 | May 31st, 2018

When Donald Trump imposed new trade tariffs against some of the U.S.' biggest allies, Justin Trudeau didn't take it lightly. Could this be the start of a major trade war? Plus, more on the federal Liberals' decision to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline...Show More
At Issue: Pipeline Special

12:29 | May 29th, 2018

When the federal government announces it's buying the Trans Mountain pipeline project for $4.5 billion, there's really only one thing to do: convene a special edition of At Issue to break down what it means for Ottawa, Alberta, British Columbia and C...Show More
At Issue: May 24

14:10 | May 24th, 2018

Doug Ford’s in the middle of a membership scandal, Andrea Horwath tried to explain a billion dollar mistake in her costing plan, and Kathleen Wynne basically tried to stop the bleeding. We're talking Ontario election with the man behind CBC's poll tr...Show More
At Issue: May 17

14:01 | May 17th, 2018

Bill Morneau is breaking out the taxpayer's wallet to help Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion weather British Columbia's storm, is that going to be enough? And Justin Trudeau seems to be trying to put himself opposite Stephen Harper rather than...Show More
At Issue: May 10

17:37 | May 10th, 2018

Quebec's Roxham Road still sees a steady stream of asylum seekers- and it's predicted to get bigger when the warmer weather really gets here. This week, the Liberal government had three ministers out to send a message to critics and the country: this...Show More
At Issue: May 3

18:06 | May 3rd, 2018

Erin Weir has been turfed from the NDP caucus- Jagmeet Singh's reaction to a third-party investigation into harassment claims was fast and forceful. The Liberals tabled a bill this week that could change the way elections are held, but no, it's stil...Show More
At Issue: April 26

16:36 | Apr 26th, 2018

It's provinces versus the feds this week- both Saskatchewan and BC are going to court to push back against Justin Trudeau's Liberals. Scott Moe is anti-carbon tax, John Horgan is anti-pipeline. Where does that leave federal provincial relations? And ...Show More
At Issue: April 19

17:45 | Apr 19th, 2018

The pipeline spat is still going- and all sides are digging in. Sources are now saying that the federal government has a Plan B if Kinder Morgan drops out- they'll be courting other companies to invest. Chris Hall is live from the Liberal National Co...Show More
At Issue: April 12

16:56 | Apr 12th, 2018

Pipelines politics are heating up- Justin Trudeau is heading back from Peru, where he was attending the Summit of the Americas, early. He plans to get Rachel Notley and John Horgan in a room together to work things out- but it's obvious which side he...Show More
At Issue: April 5

20:27 | Apr 5th, 2018

NAFTA negotiations may be nearing the end- what's in a symbolic agreement? And the Conservatives used the last week of Question Period before the break to hammer the Liberals, asking for a briefing from the public servant involved in the Atwal Affair...Show More
At Issue: March 29

16:20 | Mar 29th, 2018

The summer jobs grants controversy is causing all sorts of issues for both the federal Liberals and the NDP- Jagmeet Singh tries to make amends with his caucus, and Justin Trudeau is sticking to his guns, no matter the cost. And, the Liberals are sti...Show More
At Issue: March 22

16:08 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Big data is being cast as the enemy of the day- but it's legal and common in a lot of ways, especially in politics. How has it been used in Canada's elections, and how might it be used in 2019? What other ways are elections changing? And Kathleen Wyn...Show More
At Issue: March 8

21:23 | Mar 8th, 2018

A tariff threatened is clearly not a tariff signed- the gang is talking Trump's steel and aluminium tariffs, and how Trudeau handled the heat. Andrew Scheer is in the UK this week meeting with high ranking officials like Theresa May and Boris Johnson...Show More
At Issue: March 1

17:25 | Mar 1st, 2018

The Atwal Affair is heating up, the Trudeau Liberals can't seem to get their story straight, and the public service has been dragged into it. All this, and there's also the seeming implosion of the Bloc Quebecois, as seven of ten sitting MPs have lef...Show More
At Issue: Budget Special

11:01 | Feb 27th, 2018

At Issue is here to break down the Liberal government's third federal budget. What's Gender Budget Analysis, and what does it mean for future budgets? Where does the deficit stand? And what's NOT in this budget? Althia Raj, Chantal Hébert and Andrew ...Show More
At Issue: February 22

15:21 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Justin Trudeau's trip to India went from shaky to potentially scandalous- At Issue is here to deconstruct it, starting with the reception invitation for an attempted murderer. Patrick Brown is running to replace himself as leader of the Ontario PC pa...Show More
At Issue: February 15

16:47 | Feb 15th, 2018

The Gerald Stanley verdict resonated through the country, and At Issue is here to take on the politics of it. Also this week, how significant was Justin Trudeau's proposed framework on Indigenous rights? Duncan McCue joins Chantal Hébert and Andrew C...Show More