Maclean’s on the Hill: Defence minister on refugees and ISIS

On our politics podcast this week: Syrian refugees arrive, interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose and an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.


Each week, the Maclean’s Ottawa bureau sits down with Cormac MacSweeney to discuss the headlines of the week. This week, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan discusses the government’s plan for Syrian refugees and the military mission against ISIS, and Maclean’s bureau chief John Geddes speaks to interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose about how her party is adapting to the opposition benches. Plus, Dawn Harvard, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, talks about the start of the process to set up the national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Related: The Maclean’s town hall with Justin Trudeau

Then, new Commons Speaker Geoff Regan tells associate editor Aaron Wherry how he plans to repair the House, and Maclean’s correspondent Nicholas Köhler about Senator Mike Duffy testifying at his own criminal trial. Finally, senior writer Laura Payton speaks to Canadian photographer Norman Jean Roy about his portrait of Justin Trudeau for Vogue Magazine.

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