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The Liberal government revealed a mini-budget chock full of new spending — but it’s the pitch to keep the spending taps open, to inject up to $100 billion into the economy after the pandemic, that has financial experts turning their heads.In this episode: HuffPost Canada Ottawa reporter Zi-Ann Lum; Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux; Kevin Pa…
 
The path to electoral victory for the Conservative party involves building a bigger tent and floating a few trial balloons — during a pandemic. We ask insiders for their first impressions of Erin O’Toole’s first 100 days as Conservative leader.In this episode: Stephen Harper’s former campaign manager Jenni Byrne, former Harper PMO advisor Dennis Ma…
 
While it seems debates over free speech have been on a rolling boil south of the border, the topic has also dominated francophone TV and radio in recent weeks, giving new breath to old debates about how Quebec’s voice is represented in Ottawa.In this episode: Bloc Québécois MP Stéphane Bergeron, Conservative MP Gérard Deltell, Liberal MP Joël Light…
 
The U.S. election cycle feels like it has its own gravitational pull and two candidates signal different opportunities — and potential challenges — for Canada. In this episode: Eurasia Group vice chairman Gerald Butts, former Globe and Mail energy reporter Shawn McCarthy, former federal Conservative minister James Moore, CBC News’ Washington-based …
 
Months into a pandemic, the initial political unity in Ottawa has disintegrated. Historic economic packages have been approved at breakneck speed, but some Canadians are still being left behind.In this episode: Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez, and pundits Karl Bélanger, Greg MacEachern, and Kate Harrison. Hosted by Althia Raj.…
 
As the government whips through 2020 with minority numbers, the Liberal’s No. 1 dissenting MP sits down for a candid talk about how he's found a balance between his own “principled independence” and toeing the party line. In this episode: Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, NDP MP Peter Julian, Conservative MP Bruce Stanton, and Liberal MPs James M…
 
With a cabinet decision due over the fate of Teck Frontier, a massive new oilsands mine project, the Liberals face another test on how serious they are about reducing carbon emissions.In this episode: Energy and environmental economist Andrew Leach, Liberal MP Kody Blois, NDP MP Laurel Collins, Bloc Québécois MP Kristina Michaud, and Tory MPs Tim U…
 
The Liberals have returned to Ottawa in need of dance partners to get things done. We speak to current and former House leaders on the moves they’ve learned — and the missteps they’ve witnessed in other minority governments.In this episode: Former Liberal house leader Ralph Goodale, former Conservative house leader Jay Hill, NDP national director A…
 
We’ve made it to the end of the rainbow. The Liberals have been re-elected with a strong minority, with equally strong divisions across Canada. We look at how election night unfolded at the different party headquarters, and what’s next. In this episode: HuffPost Canada reporters Zi-Ann Lum, Emma Paling, Melanie Woods and senior politics editor Ryan…
 
Parliament has adjourned and, we’re told, a nasty campaign lies ahead. Our pundit panel reviews how the Liberals have done after nearly four years and if Andrew Scheer’s “blandness” actually gives him an edge. In this episode: Government House Leader Bardish Chagger. Pundits Greg MacEachern, Karl Bélanger, and Kate Harrison. Hosted by Althia Raj.…
 
Social media has given politicians more platforms than ever to engage with the public. But the temptation to package sound bites into spicy content has seemingly encouraged a more casual relationship with the truth — and raised questions about politicians' responsibilities.In this episode: NDP MP Nathan Cullen, Conservative MP Peter Kent, and Liber…
 
Two motions put climate change at the top of the agenda in Ottawa this week. Elizabeth May doesn’t think it’s a coincidence. But as the debate unfurls in the last weeks of Parliament, frustration mounts in the back benches about rules in the House of Commons.In this episode: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, Liberal MP Frank Baylis, and Deputy Spea…
 
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's former principal secretary has kept a low-profile since testifying about the SNC-Lavalin affair. Now, he speaks candidly about that, his new relationship with the PMO, and the unexpected realities of political fame. In this episode: Gerald Butts, former principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Hosted by …
 
Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott’s ejection from the Liberal caucus has opened yet another chapter in the SNC-Lavalin affair — and a robust debate from their political colleagues.In this episode: Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, Liberal MP John McKay, and Daughters of the Vote delegates. Hosted by Althia Raj.…
 
It’s make or break for the Liberals as they begin to pitch their election-year budget. But are its goodies strong enough to change the channel on SNC-Lavalin? We go behind-the-scenes with insiders about what goes into crafting one. In this episode: Edward Goldenberg, former senior political advisor to prime minister Jean Chrétien; Rachel Curran, fo…
 
Jody Wilson-Raybould unleashed scorching testimony that burned her party. As her fate in the Liberal party remains unclear, veteran NDP MP Nathan Cullen sits down to talk about his own exit. In this episode: HuffPost Canada senior politics editor Ryan Maloney, NDP MP Nathan Cullen. Hosted by Althia Raj.Detailed show notes:(5:12) Ryan Maloney on one…
 
Jody Wilson-Raybould’s cabinet resignation seemingly blindsided the prime minister. Her high-profile departure tests the government’s resiliency in an election year.In this episode: House of Commons justice committee chair Anthony Housefather and HuffPost Canada senior politics editor Ryan Maloney. Hosted by Althia Raj.Detailed show notes:(3:41) Br…
 
The House has returned to new digs — both physically and in terms of election-year partisan burns. Our politics panel weighs in on the early strengths and vulnerabilities of the leaders and parties ahead of this fall's crucial vote.In this episode: Harper and Associates senior associate Rachel Curran, Proof Strategies senior VP Greg MacEachern, for…
 
Who knew you could experience separation anxiety with a building? We tour Centre Block one last time before it closes for at least a decade for renovations and learn some of its wild stories.Detailed show notes:(3:54) Joe Clark shares his first Centre Block memory(6:53) Folklore of Pierre Trudeau’s statuette-breaking stunt(13:15) Revealed: the secr…
 
A Quebec First Nation’s land claim to Parliament Hill tests the Liberals’ promise to build a nation-to-nation relationship. In this episode: Algonquin Elder Albert Dumont, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde, and Ottawa reporter Zi-Ann Lum. Hosted by Althia Raj.Detailed show notes:(4:25) Touring …
 
The former Tory veteran and now leader of the People's Party of Canada says he’s not opposed to immigrants or legitimate asylum seekers when he advocates admitting fewer newcomers. Maxime Bernier expands on his message and the risk of how it can be misinterpreted. Hosted by Althia Raj.Detailed show notes:(4:20) “I don’t want to play with the emotio…
 
Whether you agree or disagree with him, Maxime Bernier is a newsmaker. We sit down with the People’s Party of Canada leader to talk about his turning point with Andrew Scheer and his brand of "smart populism based on serious policy." Hosted by Althia Raj.Detailed show notes:(4:36) Bernier on why he backed out of supporting Scheer(9:20) “Christmas g…
 
As the NDP and Tories piled on the Liberal government for deepening Canada's deficit, they face some deep troubles of their own. In this episode: Liberal MP Scott Simms, Conservative strategist Rachel Curran, Liberal strategist Greg MacEachern, and former NDP national director Karl Bélanger. Hosted by Althia Raj.Detailed show notes:(2:55) Panellist…
 
Three years into their mandate, how are the Liberals doing with their ambitious agenda to grow Canada's middle class? Have partisan politics and economic realities dimmed the government's hope of bringing “real change”?In this episode: Former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page, Infrastructure and Communities Minister François-Philippe Champagn…
 
A new UN report gives humanity 12 years to get its act together to curb rising temperatures and avoid unprecedented environmental disaster. The House of Commons even held a special debate, but most MPs didn’t show up. So what political will is there in Canada to actually curb climate change? In this episode: Environment and Climate Change Minister …
 
Canadian schmoozing is back at the United Nations as the Justin Trudeau government ramps efforts to secure a seat at the Security Council table. Former diplomats talk about RLBs (Rotten Lying Bastards) and get frank about Trump's effect on the Liberals’ current campaign. In this episode: Former foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy; current Canad…
 
Jagmeet Singh was supposed to be a fundraising magnet, but his first rocky year as NDP leader has been a bust. The party calls a regroup in B.C. Also: Two outgoing veteran NDP MPs get real about the “Real Change” that blocks them from getting things done.In this episode: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, party strategists Karl Bélanger and Robin Sears, NDP…
 
While Maxime Bernier tried to steal headlines from the start of the Conservative party policy convention in Halifax, 3,000 delegates focused on positioning their party for the 2019 election. In this episode: Andrew Scheer’s chief of staff Marc-Andre Leclerc, ex-Harper war room strategist Jason Lietaer, Alberta Tory delegate Natalie Pon, Tory MPs To…
 
Donald Trump’s first official trip to Canada ended with the president and his subordinates hurling insults at the prime minister and making new-again threats to Canadian workers. What’s behind Trump’s anti-Canada kick?In this episode: HuffPost Canada’s senior politics editor Ryan Maloney, UNIFOR national president Jerry Dias, and Ontario dairy farm…
 
Who knew “sunny ways” included buying a controversial pipeline that Kinder Morgan wanted to dump. With 2019 around the corner, will this political gambit ruin the Liberals’ shot at re-election? In this episode: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Liberal MP John Wilkinson, and B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman. Hosted by Althia Raj.…
 
Scott Simms was stripped as a standing committee chair after he refused to toe the party line on the government’s controversial Canada Summer Jobs attestation. The Liberal MP speaks out about his caucus crime and political punishment.In this episode: Liberal MPs Scott Simms, John MacKay, and Raj Grewal, NDP MP Matthew Dubé, and Conservative MP Kare…
 
The government is taking another crack at repealing some of the Tories’ controversial changes to Canada’s election laws. But there are some real concerns about timing.In this episode: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. Former chief electoral officer Marc Mayrand. Tory MP Blake Richards, and expats voting rights advocate Gillian Frank. Hosted by Alth…
 
The NDP are pissed. The Tories are bewildered. And the Liberals are pretty pleased with their new debate-lite convention process that supported resolutions bending the party to the left. In this episode: Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, NDP Parliamentary leader Guy Caron, Abacus Data CEO David Coletto, Nanos Research Chairman Nik Nanos, incoming…
 
Kinder Morgan’s pipeline ultimatum added fuel to a simmering Canadian political family feud. And after weeks of Tories asking for Daniel Jean to appear at committee, he does. And it was a bit anticlimactic.In this episode: iPolitics reporter Kady O’Malley. Hosted by Althia Raj.By HuffPost Canada
 
Move over Morneau. Tories have changed focus and are hell-bent on selling a story of Liberal intrigue starring the prime minister’s national security adviser Daniel Jean. One 21-hour voting marathon later, how many more to go? .In this episode: iPolitics reporter Kady O’Malley. Hosted by Althia Raj.By HuffPost Canada
 
From the scrutiny over Bill Morneau’s personal millions to the country’s budgeted billions, we talk about pharmacare and the Liberals’ sunny, spendy ways with the finance minister himself. Warning: mild profanity in this episode.In this episode: Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Hosted by Althia Raj.By HuffPost Canada
 
The NDP took a hard turn to the left at its convention in Ottawa as Jagmeet Singh gave Canadians a sneak peek at the party’s much-anticipated platform. How left can the NDP go?In this episode: Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, and lots of interesting voices from what the party calls its youngest and most diverse policy convention. Hosted by Althia …
 
The Trudeau government’s contentious Canada Summer Jobs program changes sucked up a lot of oxygen at the 2018 Manning Centre conference. Was it a Liberal trap to get Conservatives talking more about religion?In this episode: Leader of the United Conservative Party in Alberta Jason Kenney, Conservative party campaign chair Hamish Marshall, and Tory …
 
Parliament resumes this week as the death knell for NAFTA gets louder. Our panel joins Althia to talk about what’s on tap for this upcoming session: from jabs over trade, a shrinking “bozo eruption” in the Conservative caucus, and the NDP’s diminishing presence that risks a two-party system in Canada.In this episode: Political strategists Rachel Cu…
 
Within 24 hours, sexual harassment allegations ousted a federal minister from cabinet and two provincial PC leaders from their top spots. Our panel joins Althia to talk about how the #MeToo momentum is changing Canadian politics.In this episode: Rachel Curran, Greg MacEachern, and Karl Bélanger. Hosted by Althia Raj.…
 
Justin Trudeau’s Liberals swept to power promising real change. As the Grits celebrate two years in government, we mark the anniversary by looking back at what’s been done, or not done, with their promises. In this episode: Political strategists Rachel Curran, Greg MacEachern and Karl Bélanger. Hosted by Althia Raj.…
 
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