Episode List

PrimeTime Politics - October 5, 2016
Peter Van Dusen welcomes Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to discuss climate change policy and the move to implement a Canada-wide price on carbon. We also hear from MPs Linda Duncan (NDP), Ed Fast (Conservative), and Greg Fergus (Liberal). And Dale Marshall (Environmental Defence) and Aaron Wudrick (Canadian Taxpayers Federation) debate the plan. Also:Martin Stringer speaks with Conservative MP Cathay Wagantall about her bill with new penalties for harming or killing a pregnant mother’s unborn child.POLITICO’s Luiza Savage recaps yesterday’s U.S. vice-presidential debate. Journalists Joël-Denis Bellavance (La Presse) and John Ivison (National Post) analyze the latest political developments. A parliamentary committee hears more testimony on suicide in indigenous communities.

PrimeTime Politics - September 27, 2016
Peter Van Dusen welcomes MPs Guy Caron (NDP), Jonathan Wilkinson (Liberal), and Shannon Stubbs (Conservative) to discuss the proposed LNG terminal in British Columbia.Daniel Therrien, the federal privacy commissioner, discusses his annual report to Parliament.With the Senate returning for the fall sitting, Martin Stringer looks at how independent senators plan to work together.Gary Walbourne, Canada’s military ombudsman, tells us why the Canadian Forces must change its discharge policies for ill or injured members.Health Minister Jane Philpott discusses health care accord negotiations with the provinces. Political commentators Lindsay Doyle, Tim Powers, and Shay Purdy debate this week’s top stories. Also:The Public Policy Forum hosts an event on the future of an independent Senate.

PrimeTime Politics - September 20, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the United Nations General Assembly and holds a news conference in New York. Peter Van Dusen has reaction from MPs Rachel Blaney (NDP), Peter Kent (Conservative), and Arif Virani (Liberal). Maj. Gen. (ret’d) Lewis Mackenzie discusses Canada’s role in future UN peace operations.Martin Stringer has details on fresh calls for more federal support for the oil and gas sector – and pipeline construction. Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, discusses the controversy over extradition treaty negotiations with China. Also: U.S. President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon address the General Assembly. Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi discusses the federal government’s infrastructure plan.

PrimeTime Politics - September 19, 2016
As the House of Commons resumes sitting, Peter Van Dusen welcomes NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and MPs Candice Bergen (Conservative), Peter Julian (NDP), and Kevin Lamoureux (Liberal). Martin Stringer has details on the Canada Pension Plan and Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s committee appearance. Wayne Smith, the former chief statistician, discusses his departure from Statistics Canada. Paul Heinbecker, Canada’s former ambassador the United Nations, discusses the prime minister’s upcoming speech to the General Assembly and Canada’s push for a Security Council seat. Politico’s Luiza Savage speaks with Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Journalists Joël-Denis Bellavance (La Presse) and Kristy Kirkup (The Canadian Press) discuss the latest political developments.

PrimeTime Politics - June 8, 2016
Martin Stringer provides an update on Senate amendments to the assisted-dying bill. Peter Van Dusen welcomes Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef to discuss the electoral reform committee and whether Canada needs a referendum. Michael Crothers (Shell Canada) and John Lounds (Nature Conservancy of Canada) outline their agreement to preserve a large area of Lancaster Sound in Canada's Arctic, instead of exploring for oil. Also:Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is interviewed at a Toronto event organized by The Economist magazine. Craig Scott (former NDP MP and law professor), Paul Champ (human rights lawyer), and Omar Sabry (human rights researcher) join the Rideau Institute to call for a public inquiry into Canada’s transfer of detainee to local authorities during the military mission in Afghanistan.

PrimeTime Politics - June 2, 2016
Peter Van Dusen welcomes MPs as the government accepts an NDP plan for the proposed committee on electoral reform. Wally Smith of the Dairy Farmers of Canada argues for the need to continue supply management. Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson discusses infrastructure and the meeting of Canada’s big-city mayors in Winnipeg. Martin Stringer speaks to Mark Salkeld, president of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada, about the need for new pipelines and government action to counter the plunge in global oil prices. Political commentators Greg MacEachern, Robin MacLachlan, and Dan Mader debate the latest developments. Also:Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to reporters in Ottawa. The House of Commons heritage committee debates the bill on changing an English lyric in “O Canada.”

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