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Maclean’s on the Hill: Canada-U.S. trade, Tory leadership

Also on this week’s politics podcast: Are the Liberals legalizing pot too quickly? And who’s on top in our Ottawa power rankings?


 

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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, trade is a major issue, with the U.S. taking the first steps toward renegotiating NAFTA—and also examining America’s relationships with its trading partners. Maclean’s also sat down with the Governor of the Bank of Canada, Stephen Poloz, to discuss his fears about protectionist measures and their impact on Canada.

Some details of the government’s plan to legalize marijuana have been leaked, including the timeline: if all goes according to plan, you’ll be allowed to smoke pot by Canada Day next year. But Canadian police chiefs call that timeframe too aggressive. To discuss their concerns, Cormac speaks with the deputy chief of the Abbotsford Police.

The Conservative Party’s leadership race is entering the home stretch now that the deadline for candidates to sign up new members has come and gone. To take stock of where the race is and how the contest could unfold, we chat with veteran conservative strategist Jason Lietaer.

And of course we bring you the Ottawa Power Rankings, where we give you the three stars of Parliament Hill this week and then tell you who should be sent to the political penalty box.

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The full episode



Part 1. What Canada can expect on North American trade

U.S. President Donald Trump, along with (R-L) White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller, walk through the colonnade as they depart the White House in Washington, U.S., March 15, 2017.  (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump, along with (R-L) White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller, walk through the colonnade as they depart the White House in Washington, U.S., March 15, 2017. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

This week, trade is a major issue, with the U.S. taking the first steps toward renegotiating NAFTA—and also examining America’s relationships with its trading partners. Maclean’s also sat down with the Governor of the Bank of Canada, Stephen Poloz, to discuss his fears about protectionist measures and their impact on Canada.



Part 2. Are the Liberals legalizing pot too quickly?

Medical marijuana plants grow in a climate controlled growing room at the Tweed Inc. facility in Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada, on Nov. 11, 2015. Construction and marijuana companies are poised to benefit from the Liberal Party's decisive win in Canada's election, with leader Justin Trudeau vowing to fund infrastructure spending with deficits and legalize cannabis. (James MacDonald/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

Medical marijuana plants grow in a climate controlled growing room at the Tweed Inc. facility in Smith Falls, Ont., on Nov. 11, 2015. (James MacDonald/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

Some details of the government’s plan to legalize marijuana have been leaked, including the timeline: if all goes according to plan, you’ll be allowed to smoke pot by Canada Day next year. But Canadian police chiefs call that timeframe too aggressive. To discuss their concerns, Cormac speaks with the deputy chief of the Abbotsford Police.



Part 3. Conservative leadership enters the home stretch

Conservative Party leader candidates, from left, Lisa Raitt, member of parliament (MP), Andrew Saxton, former member of parliament (MP), Chris Alexander, former minister of immigration, Rick Peterson, venture capitalist, Brad Trost, member of parliament (MP), Andrew Scheer, member of parliament (MP), Michael Chong, member of parliament (MP), Erin O'Toole, member of parliament (MP), and Steven Blaney, former minister of public safety, participate in the Conservative Party of Canada leadership debate in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (Ben Nelms/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Conservative Party leadership candidates participate in the Conservative Party of Canada leadership debate in Vancouver, B.C., on Feb. 19, 2017. (Ben Nelms/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Conservative Party’s leadership race is entering the home stretch now that the deadline for candidates to sign up new members has come and gone. To take stock of where the race is and how the contest could unfold, we chat with veteran conservative strategist Jason Lietaer.



Part 4. This week’s Ottawa Power Rankings

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We bring you the Ottawa Power Rankings, where we give you the three stars of Parliament Hill this week and then tell you who should be sent to the political penalty box.

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