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The National's Rosemary Barton tackles the week's big political stories with Canada's leading political journalists, including Chantal Hébert and Andrew Coyne. A podcast that helps you understand the why behind the moves and decisions of your elected officials.

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The National's Rosemary Barton tackles the week's big political stories with Canada's leading political journalists, including Chantal Hébert and Andrew Coyne. A podcast that helps you understand the why behind the moves and decisions of your elected officials.

    Quebec proposes health tax for unvaccinated adults

    Quebec proposes health tax for unvaccinated adults

    The At Issue panel discusses Quebec's proposed tax on adults who choose to not receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Plus, the panellists look at whether health-care funding in Canada will change after the pandemic. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.

    • 13 min
    Your 2021 political questions

    Your 2021 political questions

    The At Issue panel takes your political questions about the past year in politics and what you want to know about the year ahead. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne, Althia Raj and Elamin Abdelmahmoud.

    • 23 min
    Political highs and lows of 2021

    Political highs and lows of 2021

    The At Issue panel looks back on some of the biggest political moments of the past year and shares who they think showed the most leadership through a challenging time. Plus, the panellists make their political predictions for 2022. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne, Althia Raj and Elamin Abdelmahmoud.

    • 19 min
    How do you govern an exhausted population through a pandemic?

    How do you govern an exhausted population through a pandemic?

    The At Issue panel discusses the political response to the rise of the Omicron COVID-19 variant and how politicians are trying to manage COVID fatigue among Canadians. Plus, the panellists look at the federal fiscal update and how the government can look to rebuilding the economy while fighting COVID-19. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Althia Raj and Andrew Coyne.

    • 15 min
    Renewed political backlash over Quebec's Bill 21

    Renewed political backlash over Quebec's Bill 21

    The At Issue panel discusses what to watch for in the federal government's upcoming fiscal update and how it might address inflation. Plus, the panellists look at Quebec’s bill 21 and why it’s getting renewed attention in Ottawa. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Althia Raj.

    • 14 min
    The great inflation debate

    The great inflation debate

    The At Issue panel discusses why the inflation debate continues to dominate in Parliament and what it could mean for the government. Plus, the panellists look at why the Conservatives helped fast track the government's bill banning conversion therapy. Rosemary Barton hosts Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne, Althia Raj and Elamin Abdelmahmoud.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
527 Ratings

527 Ratings

jyazer ,

Elamin - better!

Impressed with Elamin’s year-end appearance. Nice, thoughtful zag about what this year in politics was like; I thought it was the best of the bunch. Spot on with vaccine uptake of Canadians, Steven Del Duca, and trust in government, too.

… Elamin has two types of contributions: echoing others on points of generality or uncritically praising the NDP and attacking the other parties, especially the LPC. Yes, the other panelists have political points of view, but none of them is so brazenly partisan. It might be forgivable if he had some unique insight, but alas... Take the cabinet shuffle: while the three others had varying interpretations about its value, they all agreed on its significance (it was a shakeup, a shift in priorities, it indicates a more activist government, most women in positions of power ever). Only Elamin couldn’t come to terms with this fact and insisted the shuffle was a trifle and meaningless. His arguments around pandemic supports were self-contradictory; extending supports will suppress hiring in the service sector! He’s not even listening to what’s being asked of him; on the Dec. 2 episode, RMB asked him about the government’s response and he proceeded to talk entirely about the opposition - and to repeat exactly the same point Andrew had just made. There was also an incomprehensible reference to Tik Tok and “goods going up” (presumably balloons). I’m at a point where I might stop listening altogether…

Apple sucks2021 ,

Hooked, love it!

I look forward to every thoughtful episode, appreciate each of the panelists (and the wonderful and dynamic Rosie!) and always feel welcomed into and part of the conversation.

LonnesL ,

I wish it was longer!

A very interesting look at Canadian’s politics by a diverse panel. I just wish it would be longer and have more episodes each week.

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