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Power & Politics

Every weekday, Power & Politics guides Canadians through the country's political news, with a regular cast of political panelists and the continuously unfolding drama of the Canadian political scene.

Episodes Season 1

  • Minister Hussen visits Rafah border crossing to see humanitarian challenges firsthand

    Feb. 20, 2024 - Minister of International Development Ahmed Hussen, who visited the Rafah border crossing Tuesday, says there's an urgent need for aid delivery to Gaza to avoid a 'catastrophic' situation. Hussen tells Power & Politics what he's heard from different international aid groups during his visit. Plus, Canada's annual inflation rate cooled to 2.9 per cent in January. Power & Politics speaks to a panel of experts about what that means for the Bank of Canada's benchmark interest rate.

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  • Canada donating more than 800 drones to Ukraine worth $95 million

    Feb. 19, 2024 - The federal government is donating more than 800 drones to help the war effort in Ukraine, Defence Minister Bill Blair announced Monday. Power & Politics hears from the Ukrainian Canadian Congress about the impact that aid will have on the front lines. Plus, the March 1 deadline for tabling pharmacare legislation is fast approaching, while Canada grapples with more hits to the health-care system, including a family doctor shortage. The Power Panel weighs in about what needs to be done.

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  • Putin critic Alexei Navalny dies in jail, Russian authorities say

    Feb. 16, 2024 - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has died in a Russian prison at age 47, according to the country's prison authority. NATO's secretary general says Russia needs to answer serious questions about Navalny's death. Power & Politics hears from Canada's Ambassador to the U.N. Bob Rae, who says Putin is responsible. Plus, as the March 1 deadline for a deal on pharmacare approaches, the NDP says it's up to the Liberals to decide whether their supply-and-confidence agreement stays in place. The Power Panel weighs in.

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  • Canada briefed by U.S. on emerging Russian anti-satellite threat

    Feb. 15, 2024 - The White House confirmed Thursday Russia is developing an anti-satellite weapons system but said there's no immediate threat to anyone's safety. Power & Politics speaks to Defence Minister Bill Blair about the emerging space-based threat, Russia's war against Ukraine and NATO alliance defence spending. Plus, a key Liberal MP rips his government's policy on Gaza war in a leaked private call with a constituent. CBC's Evan Dyer has the details and the Power Panel weighs in.

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  • Canada suspended all contracts with ArriveCan app company late last year, minister says

    Feb. 14, 2024 - Ottawa says it suspended all contracts with GC Strategies — the company at the centre of a blistering auditor general's report about the federal government's ArriveCan app — in November 2023. But the Official Opposition is still demanding an investigation into the company's relationship with the Liberals. Labour Minister Seamus O'Regan responds. Plus, Canadians bought more homes in January, suggesting the housing market may be turning a corner. The senior economist at the Canadian Real Estate Association breaks down the numbers.

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