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Thoughtful, frank conversations with Canada’s top political insiders, hosted by Althia Raj. A podcast from HuffPost Canada's Politics team.

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Thoughtful, frank conversations with Canada’s top political insiders, hosted by Althia Raj. A podcast from HuffPost Canada's Politics team.

    #53 ‘Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste’

    #53 ‘Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste’

    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.

    • 57 min
    #52 Parliament’s Top Rebel Explains Why It’s Healthy To Dissent

    #52 Parliament’s Top Rebel Explains Why It’s Healthy To Dissent

    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 Maloney and Ali Ehsassi. Hosted by Althia Raj.

    • 46 min
    #51 Teck Frontier Fears And Political Loathing On The Hill

    #51 Teck Frontier Fears And Political Loathing On The Hill

    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 Uppal and Stephanie Kusie. Hosted by Althia Raj.

    • 55 min
    #50 Parties For Sale Or Rent In A Minority Government

    #50 Parties For Sale Or Rent In A Minority Government

    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 Anne McGrath, and current House leaders Candice Bergen (Conservative), Christine Normandin (Bloc Québécois), and Peter Julian (NDP). Hosted by Althia Raj.

    • 44 min
    #49 Justin Trudeau Now Playing In The Minority League

    #49 Justin Trudeau Now Playing In The Minority League

    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 Maloney. Hosted by Althia Raj.

    • 24 min
    #48 Serenity Now! Election Insanity Later

    #48 Serenity Now! Election Insanity Later

    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.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
139 Ratings

139 Ratings

JG C ,

Althia Raj is a bright personality

Raj is one of my favourite parliamentary reporters. I consider her an authority on current federal politics analysis. Her podcast interviews almost sound as if you are in the room, as Raj uses language that is easy for all to understand. She asks very good questions and her segments are in-depth compared to other programmes. She is witty and intelligent, definitely worth listening.

Shiv Ruparell ,

My favourite Canadian politics podcast

Althia Raj’s reputation precedes her in the world of Canadian journalism. Her podcast with HuffPost Canada is no letdown. Her questions are pertinent and, unlike similar programs produced by the CBC/Radio-Canada, she doesn’t let her guests get away with non-answers. This is a refreshing change given Canada’s usually tight-lipped political actors. The podcast is largely bipartisan, and the topics are clearly well-researched by producers. My only complaints would be 1) there aren’t enough episodes, HuffPost should provide more resources to the producers for more regular content! and 2) it would be great to have some episodes conducted in French. While there is also a HuffPost Québec podcast, that show is hardly updated and focuses exclusively on Québec issues, therefore omitting topics of interest to Francophone Canadians more broadly. Another alternative would be occasional bilingual episodes conducted in both official languages - The Secret Life of Canada podcast did this for their New Brunswick episode given the Acadian context and it was fantastic. Overall, this is an excellent podcast and I would highly recommend it to those across the political and provincial/territorial spectrum.

borna najafi ,

Accurate

It’s lovely how bipartisan she is... definitely listen to it !

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