Each week, the Maclean’s Ottawa bureau sits down with Cormac Mac Sweeney to discuss the headlines of the week. This week: the health minister joins us to discuss federal health transfers to the provinces, a look back on the fall session of Parliament, a controversial comment from a marijuana advocate, and Jason Kirby’s look at what will be the big questions of our economy in 2017.
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The full episode
PART 1. HEALTH CARE FUNDING
Jane Philpott, the federal health minister, will be meeting her provincial counterparts on Monday to discuss a health-care funding deal. In a conversation with Ottawa bureau chief John Geddes, she provides a framework for those discussions, and explains why she’s hoping to earmark more money for home care and mental-health.
PART 2. A FALL-SESSION REVIEW
The fall sitting of Parliament is over. And before we look toward 2017, Cormac and John look back at what happened in the last session—with particular focusses on federal-provincial relations, and the ethical issues that have threatened to consume the Liberal government.
PART 3. HIGH TIMES
Amid the recent closures of Montreal recreational marijuana dispensaries, and the release of a report from the task force on legalizing marijuana, weed advocate Jodie Emery joined the show to talk about what the government can do better. She also slammed alcohol as the “cause [of] rape, violence, murder, death and disease, every single minute of every single day”. Women’s advocate Julie Lalonde then responded to that claim.
PART 4. CHARTING A PATH FORWARD
Every year, senior editor Jason Kirby asks economic experts to highlight the one chart that reflects something surprising, telling, or predictive about the Canadian economy. This year’s package of 75 charts is a veritable charts-travaganza. John Geddes talks to Jason about the charts that stood out, and some shocking data about housing, jobs, venture capitalism, and more.