Episode List

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.

PrimeTime Politics - November 1, 2016
Full coverage of the fall economic update. Peter Van Dusen welcomes Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose, and MPs Guy Caron (NDP), François-Philippe Champagne (Liberal), and Gérard Deltell (Conservative). Also: Clark Somerville (president, Federation of Canadian Municipalities), Ian Lee (Sprott School of Business, Carleton University), and David MacDonald (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives). More on a class action against the federal government by former LGBT employees. Martin Stringer examines today’s report from the parliamentary budget officer on legalizing marijuana and government revenue. Also:Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Government House Leader Bardish Chagger discuss Bill C-22 at a parliamentary committee.

PrimeTime Politics - October 31, 2016
Peter Van Dusen reviews the government’s immigration target with MPs Rachel Blaney (NDP), Tom Kmiec (Conservative), and Arif Virani (Liberal). And Martin Stringer takes a closer look at the numbers. We preview tomorrow’s economic update with MPs Guy Caron (NDP), François-Philippe Champagne (Liberal), and Gérard Deltell (Conservative).Howard Sapers, the Correctional Investigator of Canada, discusses his annual report on the federal prison system. Luiza Savage of POLITICO looks at the final days of the U.S. presidential campaign.Kim Pate discusses her nomination to the Senate as an independent from Ontario.Journalists Joël-Denis Bellavance (La Presse) and John Ivison (National Post) review the latest political developments. Also:The Transportation Safety Board of Canada releases a list of key issues for regulators and industry to consider.

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.

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