Full Comment is Canada’s podcast for compelling interviews, controversial opinions and fascinating discussions. Hosted by Postmedia’s Anthony Furey, Full Comment updates with one episode per week.
Maxime Bernier’s anti-lockdown People’s Party is not going away
The People’s Party of Canada didn’t elect any MPs in Canada’s recent federal vote, but its platform opposing vaccine passports and promoting free markets and reduced immigration got nearly a million votes, roughly tripling the PPC’s support over its 2019 debut at the polls. Bernier was excluded from the leaders’ TV debates and his party was hammered with negative coverage during the campaign for its anti-mask stance and for attracting certain unsavoury characters (one since-removed party official threw gravel at Justin Trudeau) — yet it still managed to double the vote share of the Greens. Bernier joins Anthony to explain why he thinks his party is much more than a protest against repressive pandemic policies. And why, thanks to the softening of the federal Conservatives and the advantages his party has earned after reaching five-per-cent support, he’s confident the PPC will be even stronger next time around. (Recorded September 24, 2021.)
Global terrorism gets a new lease on life in Afghanistan
Peter Bergen was the first journalist to produce a TV interview with Osama bin Laden in 1997, where the terrorist leader first declared war on America. In his reporting from Afghanistan since the ’90s, Bergen witnessed how the Taliban-controlled country became a safe haven for bin Laden’s al-Qaida and for global terrorism. Now, 20 years after 9/11, the Biden administration has surrendered Afghanistan to Taliban rule once again. And Bergen, author of the new book The Rise and Fall of Osama Bin Laden, joins Anthony to explain the danger the world now faces as terrorists return to their former base in Afghanistan — to train, organize and kindle a new wave of global violent jihadism. (Recorded Sept. 16, 2021.)
Trudeau resorts to ‘Project Fear’ for his rescue
With his journey to a majority government hitting the rocks, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is ditching his sunny ways and doing all he can to spook swing voters away from the Conservatives and frighten NDP voters into saving his Liberals from a split vote. He’s warning that Tory Leader Erin O’Toole will ban abortion, empower anti-vaxxers, and open the floodgates to more assault weapons, climate change and privatized health care. John Ivison, National Post Ottawa bureau chief and columnist for Postmedia, joins Anthony to discuss what he has witnessed on the leaders’ campaign tours, and why the Liberals’ scare tactics are more desperate, possibly dangerous, and seemingly less effective than they were last time. (Recorded September 9, 2021.)
Why vaccine passports make things worse
The majority of Canadians have been clamouring for vaccine passports as a way to make them feel safer about COVID-19. But while feeling safe isn’t the same as actually being safe, politicians are rushing ahead with these polarizing policies anyway. Christine Van Geyn, litigation director at The Canadian Constitution Foundation, talks to Anthony about why passport policies probably won’t work, but they will likely cause serious harm both to individuals and to our society. (Recorded September 2, 2021.)
What Mark Norman thinks now
In 2017, Mark Norman was in line to be Canada’s next chief of defence staff — until he was accused of and criminally charged with leaking government secrets. It was an accusation that was widely seen as a political witch-hunt by the Liberal government, and the House of Commons eventually offered an all-party apology for it when the charges were dropped. Had that not happened, the retired vice-admiral and former vice-chief of the defence staff would have very likely been in charge of the Canadian Forces today. In this exclusive one-on-one interview, Norman joins Anthony to discuss the shocking Afghanistan evacuation, the threats facing Canada now, military sexual misconduct scandals, and the serious identity crisis he sees in the Canadian Forces now. (Recorded on August 4 and 20, 2021)
Erin O’Toole on Afghanistan, COVID and the case for electing Conservatives
Federal Conservative leader Erin O’Toole takes a break from the campaign trail for an exclusive one-on-one conversation with Anthony to discuss Ottawa abandoning Canada’s allies to the Taliban, and how Conservatives, if elected, will offer a more serious foreign policy, particularly when it comes to China. O’Toole also explains why he believes the Liberals under Justin Trudeau are fumbling the economic recovery from COVID; why monetary policy is something a prime minister actually should think about; and why he thinks a Conservative government can help heal the alienation and anger that has created dangerous divisions in Canada over the last few years. (Recorded August 19, 2021)
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I have been listening to the Full Comment pod cast for a few months now and find it very informative with frank discussions with great guests. Interesting listening for anyone with an open mind, particularly those with a conservative ideology. Keep up the good work.
Filling the huge gap that you don’t see in mainstream
Very in-depth and meaningful discussion on the issues on the vaccine passport mandate which I haven’t seen in mainstream media outlets. Please keep up this important work that our society sorely needs!!
Common sense discussion and opinions. Great work Anthony.