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Maclean’s on the Hill: The budget, deficits, and Rob Ford

An audio briefing from the Maclean’s Ottawa bureau on a busy week in politics


 

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Each week, the Maclean’s Ottawa bureau sits down with Cormac MacSweeney to discuss the headlines of the week. Front of mind this week is the Trudeau government’s first fiscal plan, of course. We also speak about the life and legacy of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

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In case you missed it

For the first year, Maclean’s teamed up with colleagues from CityNews, RogersTV, MoneySense and beyond to broadcast, live from inside the lock-up, a comprehensive analysis on the 2016 federal budget. From politics to economics to how the budget affects your pocketbook, our experts covered it all in an hour of incisive commentary.

Subscribe to Maclean’s On The Hill, our weekly politics podcast, on iTunes and Stitcher to listen to the show. We’ll also be talking about the budget and much more on Friday, when our new episodes come out. You can also watch the segments below, or read Maclean’s comprehensive coverage of the budget here.

John Geddes, Paul Wells and Jennifer Robson on the politics of the budget

Janet Gray, Romana King and Evelyn Jacks on the budget’s personal finance impact

Jason Kirby, Mike Moffatt and Stephen Gordon on the economics of the budget


From last week: Tom Mulcair prepares his defence.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks to reporters in the foyer on Parliament Hill, shortly after addressing his caucus, on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Ottawa. (Justin Tang/CP)

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks to reporters in the foyer on Parliament Hill, shortly after addressing his caucus, on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Ottawa. (Justin Tang/CP)

Ian Capstick, an Ottawa-based consultant and longtime New Democrat, launched a recent wave of speculation about NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s future when he told The Hill Times that Mulcair faces “the fight of his life” at an upcoming leadership review. Mulcair’s week got worse when 37 Quebec-based party activists called for renewal within their party. That group includes former MP Jamie Nicholls, who spoke to Cormac about what’s next for the NDP.


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