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PrimeTime Politics - February 23, 2017
Peter Van Dusen looks at the refugee situation in Winnipeg, including an interview with Greg Janzen, reeve of the border community of Emerson-Franklin. We also hear from Hanna Gros (University of Toronto), author of a new report on children in immigration detention, and Andrew Brouwer (Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers). Also:White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose discusses her new private member’s bill on sexual assault education for prospective judges. Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde and Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, discuss developments since the 2016 ruling on child welfare and discrimination by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.Transport Minister Marc Garneau makes an announcement on aviation safety.

PrimeTime Politics - February 22, 2017
Peter Van Dusen welcomes MPs Matthew Dubé, Mark Holland, and Larry Miller to discuss Bill C-23, which would expand the U.S. border pre-clearance program.Former Reform party leader Preston Manning discusses the current state of conservative politics and previews this weekend’s Manning Centre conference in Ottawa. As Canadians wait for marijuana legislation, Martin Stringer speaks with activist Jodie Emery after the opening of her latest dispensary in Ottawa.Does the federal government need a commissioner for children? We hear from Sara Austin, founder and president of Children First Canada.Political commentators Lindsay Doyle, Robin MacLachlan, and Tim Powers debate this week’s developments. Also:Government officials brief the media on Bill C-23.Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna speaks with reporters after a meeting with provincial and territorial counterparts in Ottawa.Former officials from Canada, Mexico, and the United States discuss the future of the trilateral trade relationship in Washington. 0

PrimeTime Politics - February 21, 2017
How should the government deal with the increasing number of asylum seekers illegally crossing the Canada-US border? Mark Holland (Liberal), Candice Bergen (Conservative) and Matthew Dube (NDP) present their positions.Immigration minister Ahmed Hussen announces the government’s plans to welcome 1,200 Yazidis.Members of the Canadian Muslim Forum comment on the upcoming Commons vote on the Liberal Party’s anti-Islamophobia motion.Former prime minister Brian Mulroney comments on the Trump administration's perception of Justin Trudeau, and the future of NAFTA.Foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland and her Mexican counterpart, Luis Videgaray, discuss mutual trade concerns.Journalists Joel-Denis Bellavance (La Presse) and Laura Stone (The Globe and Mail) dissect the day's events.

PrimeTime Politics - February 16, 2017
Peter Van Dusen welcomes Belgian ambassador Raoul Delcorde to discuss what comes next for the Canada-E.U. trade agreement (CETA). More on the parliamentary debate surrounding Islamophobia, racism, and discrimination with MPs Marilyn Gladu (Conservative), Sheila Malcolmson (NDP), and Arif Virani (Liberal). Former justice minister Irwin Cotler also offers his thoughts. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has promised new spending – MPs James Bezan (Conservative), Randall Garrison (NDP), and Marco Mendicino (Liberal) have their say. Martin Stringer speaks with MPs Hunter Tootoo and Romeo Saganash about their call to rename the Langevin Block building near Parliament Hill. Political commentators Lindsay Doyle, Robin MacLachlan, and Tim Powers debate the latest developments. Also:Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the European Parliament and holds a news conference in Strasbourg, France.

PrimeTime Politics - February 15, 2017
The European Parliament votes 408-254 in favour of a Canada-EU trade deal. Host Martin Stringer speaks with former Quebec premier, and member of Canada's trade mission, Jean Charest about what comes next.Members of Parliament Pamela Goldsmith-Jones (Liberal), Gerry Ritz (Conservative) and Tracey Ramsey (NDP) also comment on the deal.Asylum seekers continue to make their way across the Canada-US border. Alex Neve (Amnesty International Canada) looks at the reasons for this influx.Journalists David Akin (The National Post) and Gloria Galloway (The Globe and Mail) discuss the political consequences of the Liberal motion on Islamophobia.Extended coverage includes the parliamentary debate on the motion on Islamophobia, and the closing news conference on Canada-EU trade at the European Parliament







PrimeTime Politics - February 1, 2017
The government has reversed its campaign pledge to change Canada’s electoral system. Peter Van Dusen welcomes Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, and MPs Nathan Cullen (NDP), Marco Mendicino (Liberal), and Scott Reid (Conservative).Amira Elghawaby, of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, discusses the Quebec City mosque attack.POLITICO’s Luiza Savage joins us from Washington to analyze the latest developments involving U.S. President Donald Trump.Martin Stringer speaks with three women campaigning for a National Gender Equality Plan.Journalists Joël-Denis Bellavance (La Presse) and John Ivison (National Post) discuss today’s top stories. Also:The release of the Employment Insurance Service Quality Review report.








PrimeTime Politics - December 12, 2016
Peter Van Dusen welcomes TV personality and businessman Kevin O’Leary to discuss a potential Conservative leadership run. Martin Stringer has more on O’Leary’s speech to Conservative MPs in Ottawa. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference in Ottawa. We have reaction to his latest comments on fundraising from MPs Daniel Blaikie (NDP), Blaine Calkins (Conservative), and Mario Mendicino (Liberal). MPs also debate the government’s new bill on safe injection sites: Rachel Blaney (NDP), Colin Carrie (Conservative), and Michel Picard (Liberal). Journalists Gloria Galloway (The Globe and Mail) and John Ivison (National Post) discuss the latest political developments. Also:Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference in Ottawa. The parliamentary budget officer discusses military spending at a Senate committee.










PrimeTime Politics - November 22, 2016
Peter Van Dusen has full coverage of the government’s decision on fighter jet procurement: Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, David Perry of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and MPs James Bezan (Conservative), Randall Garrison (NDP), and John McKay (Liberal). House leaders debate the week’s political issues: Candice Bergen (Conservative), Kevin Lamoureux (parliamentary secretary), and Murray Rankin (NDP).Carlo Dade, director of the Canada West Foundation’s Centre for Trade and Investment, discusses Canada’s trade agenda and the future of NAFTA and TPP. Conservative MP Kellie Leitch discusses her leadership campaign. Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr explains the decision to reduce the daily amount of medical marijuana issued to veterans. Also:The full government announcement on the Boeing Super Hornet aircraft.Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaks to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

PrimeTime Politics - November 21, 2016
Peter Van Dusen has reaction to the government’s planned phase-out of coal-fired power by 2030: Erin Flanagan (Pembina Institute), Ian Culbert (Canadian Public Health Association), and MPs Ed Fast (Conservative), Alastair McGregor (NDP), and Jonathan Wilkinson (Liberal). MPs also debate trade issues: David Lametti (Liberal), Tracey Ramsey (NDP), and Gerry Ritz (Conservative). David Coletto of Abacus Data outlines new polling data about Canadian attitudes on the economy, the environment, foreign affairs, and health care.Journalists Joël-Denis Bellavance (La Presse) and John Ivison (National Post) analyze political developments. Also:Retired RCMP officers appear at the Senate national security committee to share their experience of harassment inside the force.









PrimeTime Politics - November 2, 2016
Martin Stringer welcomes NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and MPs to discuss yesterday’s infrastructure promises in the economic update: Matthew Dubé (NDP), Pablo Rodriguez (Liberal), and Dianne Watts (Conservative). Jean-Denis Fréchette, the parliamentary budget officer, discusses the government’s plan to grant his office more independence and power.Peter Harder, the government’s representative in the Senate, looks ahead to an upper chamber where independent members are the largest group. Journalists David Akin (National Post) and Laura Stone (The Globe and Mail) analyze political developments. Also:Finance Minister Bill Morneau appears at a parliamentary committee.Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef speaks about electoral reform in Ottawa.

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Budget

Budget 2017: March 22

Watch the speech, reaction, analysis, and full coverage on-air and online.
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Tuesday: Today in Politics

The Conservatives have a motion on Wednesday’s federal budget.
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Monday : take-note debate on Ukraine military training

MPs consider Canada’s military training mission in Ukraine (Operation UNIFIER).
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NDP Leadership: Angus, Ashton, Caron, Julian in the race

New Democrats will choose their new leader this fall in a voting process that could last six weeks.
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WATCH AND READ: Conservative Leadership

As the race to succeed Stephen Harper continues, stay with CPAC for full coverage.
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Five by-elections set for April 3

New MPs will come from ridings in Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.
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Friday: Today in Politics

Debate continues on Bill C-22.
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Thursday: Today in Politics

The Conservatives have a motion on tax benefits for military members.