Each week, the Maclean’s Ottawa bureau sits down with Cormac Mac Sweeney to discuss the headlines of the week.
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The full episode
Part 1. Marc Garneau on Trudeau’s trip to Washington
We start our coverage by speaking with Minister Marc Garneau who chairs the cabinet committee on U.S. relations, and tells us what priorities the government has heading into this important sit-down.
Part 2. Former Canadian ambassador to the U.S., Michael Wilson, on talking to Trump
How do you speak with the Donald? Michael Wilson, the former Canadian ambassador to the United States, lets us know how Trudeau should handle President Trump, and how important it is to make sure this first meeting goes smoothly.
Part 3. Canada’s attitudes to immigrants
In Trump’s polarized America, Canada is seen as an exceptional country, especially when it comes to refugees and immigration. We head to Montreal, where Maclean’s Ottawa Bureau Chief John Geddes speaks with professor Irene Bloemraad from the University of California at Berkeley to see how true that really is.
Part 4. Who is Rona Ambrose?
Maclean’s associate editor Shannon Proudfoot joins us to discuss her interview with Rona Ambrose about the struggles of being the interim leader. Then Proudfoot gives us the Ottawa Power Rankings, letting us know which MP’s had a good week and which ones had a bad week in Canadian politics..