Episode List

Revue Politique - March 21, 2017
What’s in store for the middle class and the country’s economic growth in Bill Morneau’s second budget? Speculation in Ottawa seems to point to possible infrastructure privatization and tax hikes. The government has reiterated that concentrating on innovation and launching a national infrastructure bank represent the cornerstone of Canada’s economic recovery. Pierre Donais welcomes Joanne Castonguay (Institute for Research on Public Policy Research Director) to discuss this issue. The following MPs discuss budget options: Ginette Petitpas Taylor (Liberal Party), Sylvie Boucher (Conservative Party), François Choquette (NDP), and Gabriel Ste-Marie (Bloc Québécois).The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages outlines the difficulties encountered by some Canadians in being served in French by the majority of the country’s airports screening officers. He calls the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority to take action. Mathieu Larocque explains the Crown corporation’s recruiting challenges.

Revue Politique - February 13, 2017
At the White House, President Donald Trump greets Prime minister Trudeau, who has arrived in Washington. Trade between their two countries is at the center of their discussions. From the American capital, reporter Jérome Cardillier (Agence France-Presse) reports on the first encounter between the two leaders. Accompanying the Prime minister is Marc Garneau (Transport Minister), who outlines the top issues for the two countries. The following MPs discuss U.S. president’s comments on his intention of making some changes to NAFTA: David Lametti (Liberal Party), Joël Godin (Conservative Party), Brigitte Sansoucy (NDP), and Luc Thériault (Bloc Québécois). The following political experts analyze Canada-US relation: Ferry de Kerckhove (University of Ottawa) and Louis Balthazar (Laval University).

Revue Politique - February 2, 2017
After the government set aside its campaign promise of changing the electoral system, Opposition parties cast doubt on the government’s word on another topic: not taxing any employer-paid health and dental plans. The following MPS debate this issue: Ginette Petitpas Taylor (Liberal Party), Gérard Deltell (Conservative Party), Guy Caron (NDP), and Gabriel Ste-Marie (Bloc Québécois). Pierre Donais welcomes Jean-Pierre Kingsley, former Chief Electoral Officer. Mr. Kingsley does not hide his disappointment regarding the government’s decision not to follow through with its campaign promise to replace the first-past-the-post electoral system in 2019.The following reporters discuss the week's political events: Althia Raj (Huffington Post), Joël-Denis Bellavance (La Presse), and Denis Ferland (Le Devoir).

Revue Politique - December 12, 2016
The government has announced a new national drug strategy which includes the relaxing of the supervised injection site rules. Finance Minister backs down from the Budget Implementation Bill and withdraws the provisions that are in conflict with the Quebec Consumers Protection Act. As the Winter holidays draw near, Prime minister Trudeau gives a positive assessment of the very busy House of commons fall session, which Opposition parties do not share. Pierre Donais welcomes the following MPs to discuss these issues: Michel Picard (Liberal Party), Pierre Paul-Hus (Conservative Party), Pierre-Luc Dusseault (NDP), and Luc Thériault (Bloc Québécois).The following political commentators give their own assessments of the Parliamentary session : Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, Daniel Bernier and Karl Bélanger.

Revue Politique - December 5, 2016
The government has just launched an interactive online survey to consult Canadians on electoral reform. However, because of the wording and the types of questions asked in the survey, the initiative has attracted more criticism than praise. Pierre Donais listens to various points of view from MPs Francis Scarpaleggia (Liberal), Joël Godin (Conservative), Alexandre Boulerice (NDP), and Luc Thériault (Bloc Québécois). Political commentators Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, Daniel Bernier and Karl Bélanger discuss the government’s positions on electoral reform and the environment. A year ago, the first wave of Syrian refugees arrived in Canada. How did they overcome the challenges of integration? Maude Fontaine from the “Service d’accueil aux nouveaux arrivants de Trois-Rivières” talks about her experience in that city, which is one of the cities that welcomed the most Syrians per capita.

Revue Politique - November 23, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes off for Africa, his first official visit to the continent after his election. He will promote gender equality and diversity, points that are shared by humanitarian organizations according to Julia Sánchez (Council for International Co-Operation President-CEO). She elaborates on these issues. The debate on political fundraising rules continues fiercely in Ottawa. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was the top draw at a $1,500 private cash-for-access evening which has been severely criticized by Opposition parties. Pierre Donais welcomes the following MPs to discuss this issue: Pablo Rodriguez (Liberal Party), Luc Berthold (Conservative Party), François Choquette (NDP), and Monique Pauzé (Bloc Québécois).International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group have raised concerns about Bill C-22 which will create a National Security and Intelligence Parliamentary Committee. The Group’s national coordinator Tim McSorley outlines amendments to the Bill that he proposes.

Revue Politique - November 22, 2016
The federal government’s plan to buy 18 Super Hornet fighter jets as a temporary solution for the permanent replacement of the country’s ageing F-18 fleet is being heavily criticized in Ottawa. The cost is unknown and discussions with Boeing, the manufacturer, have not yet started. Ferry de Kerckhove, a member of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, comments on the Trudeau government’s decision. Pierre Donais also examines this issue with an MP panel made up of Sherry Romanado (Liberal), Alupa Clarke (Conservative), Pierre-Luc Dusseault (NDP) and Gabriel Ste-Marie (Bloc Québécois). President-elect Donald Trump continues to make statements about what he will do once he takes office. Raymond Chrétien, a former Canadian ambassador to the United States, sheds some light on the future of Canada-U.S. relations.

Revue Politique - November 16, 2016
A group of reporters are calling on the federal government to introduce legislation that will safeguard freedom of the press and tighten the rules allowing police to obtain warrants to conduct surveillance of media professionals.Pierre Donais welcomes La Presse columnist Patrick Lagacé, who had been himself under surveillance, for months, by the Montreal police (SPVM). The following political commentators outline the challenges that Canada would probably face under a U.S. Administration headed by Donald Trump: Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, Daniel Bernier, and Karl Bélanger. Pierre Donais also sits down with the following MPs to discuss the day’s events: François-Philippe Champagne (Liberal Party), Joël Godin (Conservative Party), Robert Aubin (NDP), and Gabriel Ste-Marie (Bloc Québécois).

Revue Politique - November 2, 2016
Is the Infrastructure Plan mentioned in Cabinet Minister Bill Morneau’s fall Economic Statement sufficient to boost the Canadian economy and create the expected job opportunities?Pierre Donais welcomes the following MPs to discuss this issue: Pablo Rodriguez (Liberal Party), Luc Berthold (Conservative Party), Matthew Dubé (NDP), and Gabriel Ste-Marie (Bloc Québécois).The Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Fréchette is delighted at the prospect of the government granting his Office more independence. However, he is wondering if this could cause political parties to request his Office to determine the costs of election promises. Six new senators representing Quebec have been appointed to the Upper Chamber. Rimouski mayor Éric Forest is among them. He sets out his plans for the future.

Revue Politique - October 31, 2016
The minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship has announced a 10% increase in immigration levels for 2017. What are the government's priorities and what is Canada's ability to accommodate and fully integrate these newcomers? Pierre Donais welcomes Laurence Nadeau, co-founder of the Website The federal Finance minister is set to present his latest Economic Statement tomorrow. What should we expect ? We hear from the following MPs on this issue: Philippe Champagne (Liberal Party), Pierre Paul-Hus (Conservative Party), Pierre Nantel (NDP) and Gabriel Ste-Marie (Bloc Québécois). Ivan Zinger, Director of the Office of the Correctional Investigator of Canada, discusses the highlights of his agency’s just-released 2015-2016 Annual Report.

Revue Politique - October 26, 2016
In Belgium, negotiations continue in order to wrap up the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. RTBF reporter Alisson Delpierre reports on the latest developments in Brussels. University of Ottawa professor Patrick Leblond explains the nature of the lingering controversy surrounding the deal. Pierre Donais welcomes the following MPs to discuss political fundraising and the military mission in Iraq: Marc Miller (Liberal Party), Joël Godin (Conservative Party), Pierre-Luc Dusseault (NDP), and Luc Thériault (Bloc Québécois).The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) appears before a Parliamentary Committee to outline infrastructure priorities. Pierre Donais also speaks to FCM Second Vice-President Sylvie Goneau.

Revue Politique - October 24, 2016
The fate of the proposed Canada and European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement remains uncertain. The European Council is still trying to get Belgium to sign the deal, that has been rejected by Wallonia. In Ottawa, the Liberal government maintains that it has done all in its power to push the Trade Agreement through and states that the ball is now in the European court. The following MPs discuss this issue: David Almetta (Liberal Party), Pierre Paul-Hus (Conservative Party), Pierre Mantel (NDP), and Luc Thibault (Bloc Québécois). Pierre Donais welcomes Raoul Décorde, Belgium’s Ambassade to Canada. Steven Blarney is joining the Conservative Party leadership race. He outlines his plans to strengthen the Canadian integration process for immigrants.

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