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Maclean’s on the Hill: An audio briefing as the House returns

Maclean’s on the Hill: Is Trudeau campaigning for a seat on UN security council?


 

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Each week, the Maclean’s Ottawa bureau sits down with Cormac Mac Sweeney to discuss the headlines of the week. This week, we’re talking about the kids heading back to class. That’s right, Monday marks every parliamentarian’s return to the House of Commons as Parliament resumes for the fall. To discuss her priorities and her party, we’re joined by interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will actually be in New York next week, where he’ll lead Canada’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly—and address other world leaders. We speak with a professor and author who says one of the motives behind Trudeau’s visit is to push for a seat on the UN security council.

The U.S. election campaign has shone a spotlight on health after Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who was battling pneumonia, had to be held up by staff while leaving an event on Sept. 11. But what is driving the health debate: legitimate concern or sexism? Maclean’s senior writer Anne Kingston joins us to discuss.

We also speak with NDP MP Nathan Cullen about why he thinks Canadians need to see concrete proposals from the committee studying electoral reform, and we hear from the architect behind a proposed renovation to an historic Ottawa landmark that spawned a flurry of criticism on social media.

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The full episode


Part 1. Welcome back to Ottawa, MPs!

Pages and staff prepare the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, December 2, 2015. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Pages and staff prepare the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, December 2, 2015. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Monday marks every parliamentarian’s return to the House of Commons as Parliament resumes for the fall. To discuss her priorities and her party, we’re joined by interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose.


Part 2. Is Trudeau campaigning for a seat on the security council?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York. (Sean Kilpatrick, The Canadian Press)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York. (Sean Kilpatrick, The Canadian Press)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will actually be in New York next week, where he’ll lead Canada’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly—and address other world leaders. We speak with a professor and author who says one of the motives behind Trudeau’s visit is to push for a seat on the UN security council.


Part 3. Hillary Clinton fights sexism on the trail

Hillary Clinton gives a thumbs up as she arrives to board her campaign plane at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

Hillary Clinton gives a thumbs up as she arrives to board her campaign plane at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

The U.S. election campaign has shone a spotlight on health after Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who was battling pneumonia, had to be held up by staff while leaving an event on Sept. 11. But what is driving the health debate: legitimate concern or sexism? Maclean’s senior writer Anne Kingston joins us to discuss.


Part 4. Needed: concrete electoral reform proposals

Nathan Cullen during the 2016 NDP Federal Convention in Edmonton Alberta, April 8, 2016. (Jenna Marie Wakani/NDP)

Nathan Cullen during the 2016 NDP Federal Convention in Edmonton Alberta, April 8, 2016. (Jenna Marie Wakani/NDP)

We speak with NDP MP Nathan Cullen about why he thinks Canadians need to see concrete proposals from the committee studying electoral reform, and we hear from the architect behind a proposed renovation to an historic Ottawa landmark that spawned a flurry of criticism on social media.


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