Thoughtful, frank conversations with Canada’s top political insiders, hosted by Althia Raj. A podcast from HuffPost Canada's Politics team.
#58 Erin O’Toole’s First 100 Days
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 Matthews, Abacus Data CEO David Coletto, Unifor National President Jerry Dias, Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald, Eric Wen of the Chinese Canadian Conservative Association, the National Council of Canadian Muslim CEO Mustafa Farooq, Campaign Life Coalition’s political operations director Jack Fonseca, and Ontario Conservative MP Karen Vecchio. Hosted by Althia Raj.
#57 Who Speaks For Quebec?
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 Lightbound, and Maverick Party interim leader Jay Hill. Hosted by Althia Raj.
#56 The Elephant And The Mouse: What The U.S. Election Result Means For Canada
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 correspondent Alexander Panetta and HuffPost Canada's senior politics editor Ryan Maloney. Hosted by Althia Raj.
#55 Goodbye Elizabeth May, Hello Annamie Paul
Annamie Paul is the first new leader of the federal Green party in 14 years. As she tries to move the party beyond Elizabeth May’s shadow — spectres have been raised by former leadership contenders about the integrity of the race.
#54 Jagmeet Singh’s Complicated Relationship With Liberals
The throne speech has been read. The Conservatives and Bloc have signaled their displeasure, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh finds himself kingmaker, again.
In this episode: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, and pundits Karl Bélanger, Greg MacEachern, and Kate Harrison. Hosted by Althia Raj.
#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.
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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.
Is this woman supposed to be a serious journalist? She is so hard to take seriously as she lacks so much confidence she can’t go off script and can barely ask a question or put a whole sentence together. She tries to be compelling but she just isn’t, lacks tack and insight. She acts like a child with her laughing and chiding just so unprofessional!!! The most annoying is her lip smacking!! Pack up your script and go home the pundit space is already congested this just isn’t serious journalism. Can’t listen, it’s so bad!
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.