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Power and Politics

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Every weekday afternoon, Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos guides Canadians through the country’s political news, with a regular cast of political panellists and the continuously unfolding drama of the Canadian political scene.


Canada to hit back against U.S. aluminum tariffs
Aug 7 • 66 min
Power & Politics speaks to Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault about plans to impose $3.6 billion in punitive countermeasures in response to U.S. aluminum tariffs announced Thursday. CBC’s Ashley Burke tells us how the government has been responding to…
U.S. slaps 10% tariff on aluminum imports from Canada
Aug 6 • 66 min
Power & Politics speaks to Canadian American Business Council CEO Maryscott Greenwood on President Donald’s decision to impose a 10 per cent tariff on aluminum imported from Canada. Plus, the CBC’s Ashley Burke on the more than $250,000 spent to satisfy…
Feds sign two agreements for millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines
Aug 5 • 50 min
Power & Politics speaks to Procurement Minister Anita Anand about the deal to secure Canada millions of doses of potential COVID-19 vaccines. Also on the show, Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna on changes to the COVID-19 infrastructure plan to…
COVID Alert app faces criticism over accessibility
Aug 4 • 39 min
Power & Politics speaks to Digital Government Minister Joyce Murray about concerns with the accessibility of the government’s COVID Alert app. Also on the show, Conservative leadership candidate Leslyn Lewis on her vision for the party. Plus, the Power…
EI-like benefit for gig, contract workers will be available after CERB ends, PM says
Jul 31 • 53 min
Power & Politics speaks to Employment and Workforce Development Minister Carla Qualtrough about plans to phase CERB recipients onto employment insurance. Also on the show, two doctors assess Ontario’s back to school plan.
Trudeau says he ‘pushed back’ on WE contract due to family ties — but didn’t recuse himself
Jul 30 • 53 min
Power & Politics speaks to Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino about revelations from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s testimony to the Commons finance committee. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh also respond to Trudeau’s…
PM Trudeau and his chief of staff set to testify Thursday
Jul 29 • 74 min
Power & Politics speaks to former prime ministerial advisers Jeni Byrne and David Herle about how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might be preparing ahead of his appearance at the Commons finance committee. Also on the show, the Power Panel takes viewer…
Kielburgers say WE Charity took on student grant program to help, not to make money
Jul 28 • 69 min
WE Charity co-founders Marc and Craig Kielburger appeared before the House finance committee for a marathon meeting. Power & Politics breaks down their four hours of testimony with a panel of MPs, the Power Panel and Kate Behan of Charity Intelligence.…
Documents reveal new details of the WE Charity agreement
Jul 27 • 42 min
Power & Politics speaks to Minister of Youth Bardish Chagger about the latest details of the government’s controversial agreement with the WE Charity to run a student volunteer program. Also on the show, Raptors’ head coach Nick Nurse on his efforts to…
Uptick in COVID-19 cases across the country is worrying, says Hajdu
Jul 24 • 70 min
Power & Politics speaks to Health Minister Patty Hajdu about the increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, and the government’s strategy for clamping down on the rising infection rates among young people. Also on the show, Conservative insiders break…
Cabinet ministers back Bill Morneau as Conservatives call for his resignation
Jul 23 • 59 min
Power & Politics speaks to MPs about calls for Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s resignation. Also on the show, Nova Scotia’s justice minister on the review panel that will investigate the Nova Scotia shooting.
Tories call for Morneau’s resignation as finance minister says he repaid $41K in WE trip expenses
Jul 22 • 50 min
Power & Politics speaks to MPs about Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s repayment of $41,000 to WE Charity for expenses related to two trips his family took with the organization. Also on the show, Peter Donolo and James Moore weigh in on what should happen…
Gov. Gen. Payette has created a toxic work environment at Rideau Hall, sources allege
Jul 21 • 45 min
Power & Politics speaks to the CBC’s Ashley Burke about allegations Governor General Julie Payette has created a toxic work environment by verbally harassing employees. Also on the show, Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Njoo discusses the…
Flight PS752 black boxes downloaded in France
Jul 20 • 54 min
Power & Politics speaks to Transport Minister Marc Garneau about the latest in the Iran Plane Crash investigation. Also on the show, two senators discuss their call for a public inquiry into the Nova Scotia shooting.
Feds announce changes to wage subsidy, COVID-19 disability support
Jul 17 • 65 min
Power & Politics speaks to Disability Inclusion Minister Carla Qualtrough about the government’s revamped plan to support people with disabilities through the pandemic. Also on the show, a business owner discusses the changes to the wage subsidy program…
New revelations in WE Charity controversy as MPs begin probe
Jul 16 • 59 min
Power & Politics speaks to Diversity, Inclusion and Youth Minister Bardish Chagger about the WE Charity contract, following her testimony at the House Finance Committee. Also on the show, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe on the $19-billion the federal…
Ford blames feds for contact tracing app delay
Jul 15 • 68 min
Power & Politics speaks to federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu about the status of the contact tracing app, changes to the temporary foreign workers’ program, and Canada-U.S. border restrictions. Also on the show, Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith on the…
Trudeau may have ‘blind spot’ on ethics, says former watchdog
Jul 14 • 53 min
Power & Politics speaks to former ethics commissioner Mary Dawson about the WE Charity controversy, and the Power Panel weighs in. Also on the show, newly-appointed Ambassador to the UN Bob Rae on China and Canada’s failed bid for a UN Security Council…
PM apologizes for not recusing himself from WE Charity contract talks
Jul 13 • 62 min
Power & Politics speaks to minister Bardish Chagger about the prime minister’s apology and opposition MPs Michael Barrett and Charlie Angus weigh in. Also on the show, newly-appointed Auditor General Karen Hogan on scrutinizing the federal government’s…
Tories ask police to investigate PM Trudeau over WE Charity deal
Jul 10 • 59 min
Power & Politics asks Government House Leader Pablo Rodríguez whether the Liberal cabinet knew about financial ties between the WE Charity and the Trudeau and Morneau families. Also on the show, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer on why he thinks the RCMP…
PM’s mother and brother were both paid to speak at WE Charity events
Jul 9 • 51 min
Power & Politics speaks to a panel of MPs about revelations that members of the Trudeau family were paid $282,000 to speak at WE Charity events. The Power Panel also weighs in. Also on the show, reaction to Wednesday’s fiscal ‘snapshot’ from business and…
Feds to post $343B deficit as spending hits levels not seen since Second World War
Jul 8 • 58 min
Power & Politics speaks to Finance Minister Bill Morneau about the federal government’s fiscal snapshot tabled today, then gets reaction from Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Also on the show, the Power Panel on the WE…
Masks now mandatory at indoor public spaces in Toronto, Ottawa
Jul 7 • 57 min
Power & Politics speaks to Dr. Isaac Bogoch about the mandatory mask policies and baseball. Also on the show, a panel of economists look ahead to tomorrow’s fiscal “snapshot” and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball discusses his province’s…
Hurren had multiple firearms, uttered threat against Trudeau, court documents allege
Jul 6 • 49 min
Power & Politics speaks to a former CSIS analyst about the charges Canadian Armed Forces member Cory Hurren is facing, which include uttering a threat against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Also on the show, the United Kingdom High Commissioner to Canada…
CAF member arrested on Rideau Hall grounds faces 22 charges
Jul 3 • 47 min
The Canadian Armed Forces member arrested on Rideau Hall grounds faces 22 charges. Former Department of Justice national security lawyer Leah West weighs in on the case. Plus, the federal ethics watchdog launches a probe of Trudeau over the WE charity…
CAF member arrested after gaining access to Rideau Hall grounds
Jul 2 • 39 min
Police have arrested a Canadian Armed Forces member who they say was armed and had gained access to the grounds at Rideau Hall early Thursday morning. Power & Politics has the latest details. Plus, Ontario Premier Doug Ford says migrant workers are…
Masks now mandatory inside Toronto public spaces
Jun 30 • 56 min
Toronto-area Mayors Bonnie Crombie and Frank Scarpitti on whether their cities will follow Toronto’s lead and implement mandatory mask policies. Former deputy prime minister John Manley on NAFTA 2.0 coming into effect and the ongoing Canada-China dispute.…
Alberta unveils plan to rebuild its economy
Jun 29 • 55 min
Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews on his government’s plan to spend billions on infrastructure projects and cut its corporate tax rate. Infectious disease physician Dr. Gerald Evans on new federal modelling and the COVID-19 outbreak in Kingston. Two…
How would the U.S. respond to releasing Meng?
Jun 26 • 45 min
Power & Politics speaks to Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer about Canada-U.S. relations in light of growing pressure for the federal government to end the extradition case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Also on the show, Government House Leader…
Trudeau rejects calls to release Meng Wanzhou
Jun 25 • 55 min
Power & Politics speaks to Vina Nadjibulla, Michael Kovrig’s wife, about the letter from high-profile Canadians urging the government to end extradition proceedings against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, in order to secure the release of two Canadians…
Former parliamentarians, diplomats pen letter calling on Canada to release Meng
Jun 24 • 60 min
Power & Politics speaks to former Canadian ambassador to China David Mulroney about a letter penned by 19 former parliamentarians and diplomats calling on Canada to release Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Also on the show, First Nations Chief Allan Adam on…
Pressure mounting on Ottawa to bring Kovrig, Spavor home
Jun 23 • 51 min
Power & Politics speaks to former justice minister Allan Rock and former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour about whether the federal government could or should intervene in the extradition case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Immigration Minister…
Mexico resumes sending farm workers to Canada
Jun 22 • 59 min
Power & Politics speaks to Mexican Ambassador to Canada Juan Jose Gomez Camacho about an agreement that would see Mexico resume sending farm workers to Canada. Also on the show, Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos on whether or not the federal…
China charges Kovrig and Spavor with espionage
Jun 19 • 62 min
Power & Politics gets reaction to China formally charging Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor with espionage. On the show: former Canadian ambassador to China Guy Saint-Jacques, law expert Sida Liu, and International Crisis Group President and CEO Robert…
Blanchet demands Singh apologize for calling one of his MPs racist
Jun 18 • 47 min
Power & Politics speaks to NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh about Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet’s demand for an apology. Also on the show, former foreign affairs minister Lawrence Cannon on Canada’s failed bid for a seat on the UN Security Council.
Canada loses bid for UN Security Council seat
Jun 17 • 51 min
Power & Politics gets reaction to Canada’s failure to secure a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. On the show: former Quebec premier Jean Charest, former Canadian ambassador to the UN Stephen Lewis, and former foreign affairs…
Federal government extends CERB by eight weeks
Jun 16 • 76 min
Power & Politics speaks to Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough about the decision to extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit by two months. Also on the show, a two-part interview with former governor general Michaëlle Jean on systemic racism and…
Trudeau promises to extend emergency response benefit
Jun 15 • 65 min
Power & Politics speaks to Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly about the extension of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh responds. Also on the show, three Ontario mayors on how most of the province will have moved into…
RCMP dashcam video shows officer tackling, punching Chief Allan Adam during arrest
Jun 12 • 59 min
Power & Politics speaks to Brian Beresh, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam’s lawyer, about the video he filed in the case against his client. Also on the show, Premiers Dwight Ball and Sandy Silver on their call with Prime Minister Justin…
Trudeau says systemic racism exists in the RCMP
Jun 11 • 52 min
Power & Politics speaks to Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde about systemic racism in the RCMP. Also on the show, Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips on Stage 2 of his province’s reopening plan, and P.E.I. Premier Dennis King on…
Opposition parties reject emergency COVID-19 aid bill
Jun 10 • 62 min
Employment and Workforce Development Minister Carla Qualtrough on the rejection of a bill that includes penalties for fraudulent CERB claims and supports for people with disabilities, followed by Opposition reaction. Also on the show, three fiscal experts…
Ottawa to propose penalties for CERB fraud
Jun 9 • 72 min
Power & Politics speaks to Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos about the possibility of penalties for those who have fraudulently received the emergency benefit. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh responds. Also, New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs on a…
Parts of Ontario move into stage two of reopening starting Friday
Jun 8 • 56 min
Power & Politics speaks to Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie on stage two of Ontario’s re-opening plan and what it means for her city. Also on the show, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino about the use of body cameras by the RCMP, as well as changes to…
Thousands participate in anti-racism demonstrations across Canada
Jun 5 • 57 min
Power & Politics speaks to Vancouver anti-racism protest organizer Jacob Callender-Prasad about what he’s looking for from political leaders and what he thinks about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau taking a knee at the Ottawa march. Also on the show,…
RCMP criticized after video surfaces of officer hitting Inuit man with truck
Jun 4 • 61 min
Power & Politics speaks to Iqaluit Mayor Kenny Bell and Deputy Mayor Janet Pitsiulaaq Brewster about why they think body cameras are needed for Nunavut RCMP. Also on the show, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil on whether there will be a public inquiry…
All four former officers involved in Floyd’s death face charges
Jun 3 • 53 min
Power & Politics speaks to former Dallas police officer Roy Alston about the news that all four officers involved in George Floyd’s death have been charged. Also on the show, Quebec MNA Christopher Skeete on the province’s plan to deal with understaffing…
How should political leaders address anti-black racism?
Jun 2 • 61 min
Power & Politics speaks to Philadelphia City council member Jamie Gauthier about the protests in response to the killing of George Floyd. Also on the show, Ottawa mayor Jim Watson on why he’s joining a protest on Friday, and Minister of Diversity and…
Canadian leaders decry anti-black racism, as protests rage
Jun 1 • 49 min
Power & Politics speaks to NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh about racism in Canada, as anti-racism demonstrations continue across the United States and Canada. Also on the show, Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna on fast-tracking $2.2-billion to…
Ford now considering regional re-opening of Ontario
May 29 • 56 min
Power & Politics speaks to Middlesex-London Medical Officer of Health Dr. Chris Mackie about what a regional re-opening strategy could mean for Ontario. Also on the show, Transport Minister Marc Garneau on extending the cruise ship ban, and whether or not…
Does Canada deserve a seat on the UN Security Council?
May 28 • 45 min
Power & Politics speaks to Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations Marc-André Blanchard about the campaign for one of two non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council that open up next month. Also on the show, New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs on…
Judge rules extradition process for Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou should proceed
May 27 • 55 min
Power & Politics speaks to former Canadian ambassadors to China David Mulroney and Guy Saint-Jacques about what the Meng ruling could mean for Canada’s relationship with China. Also on the show, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan on the military’s deployment…
Military report alleges horrific conditions in Ontario long-term care homes
May 26 • 65 min
Power & Politics speaks to Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath about the Canadian Armed Forces’ report into the state of the five Ontario long-term care homes it has been deployed to. Former federal health minister Jane Philpott, Brampton Mayor Patrick…
Should political parties use the wage subsidy?
May 25 • 54 min
Power & Politics speaks to Conservative leadership candidate Erin O’Toole about if political parties should be able to use the wage subsidy program to pay staff. Plus, Small Business Minister Mary Ng on the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance…
Political parties using federal wage subsidy
May 21 • 59 min
Power & Politics speaks to NDP National Director Anne McGrath about why her party needs the 75% wage subsidy. Also on the show, former Canadian ambassador to China Guy Saint-Jacques on China’s controversial national security law that could erode Hong…
China moves to end Hong Kong’s autonomy
May 21 • 51 min
Power & Politics speaks to Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne on the Canada-China relationship, and whether Canada will denounce a law that some critics say will allow China to crackdown on Hong Kong protests. Also on the show,…