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A political primer for every kind of concerned citizen co-hosted by Rosemary Barton (The National) and Elamin Abdelmahmoud (BuzzFeed News). From CBC News and CBC Podcasts.

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A political primer for every kind of concerned citizen co-hosted by Rosemary Barton (The National) and Elamin Abdelmahmoud (BuzzFeed News). From CBC News and CBC Podcasts.

    We’re proroguing Party Lines

    We’re proroguing Party Lines

    Call it a prorogation, call it a vacation — Party Lines is taking a summer break! Elamin runs through the political stories he and Rosie will be keeping an eye on, from the WE Charity controversy to the Conservative leadership race, and Party Lines producer Emma Godmere swings by to read through some of your responses to last week’s Last Call question. Rosie and Elamin will return at the end of the summer with brand new weekly episodes to bring you up to speed on the biggest headlines in Canadian politics before Parliament returns in the fall.

    • 4 min
    Trudeau faces his third ethics probe

    Trudeau faces his third ethics probe

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admitted this week he should have recused himself from discussions about WE Charity; specifically, whether they should have been contracted to run a multi-million dollar student service program. Last week, we learned that both Trudeau’s mother and brother had been previously paid to speak at WE events. Conservatives want the RCMP to investigate, the Bloc is asking Trudeau to step aside, and the federal ethics commissioner has launched an investigation — Trudeau’s third such investigation since becoming Prime Minister. Rosie and Elamin want to know: is there a pattern here? Plus, they’ll take a close look at the armed Canadian Forces member who drove his truck into the grounds of Rideau Hall. Corey Hurren is facing 22 charges, which include uttering a threat against the Prime Minister. Why isn’t this story garnering more attention?

    • 26 min
    Yeah, that’s a big deficit

    Yeah, that’s a big deficit

    Rosie and Elamin were pretty sure the federal government’s fiscal “snapshot” was going to present a rather bleak picture this week. Lo and behold, they were right on the money: Finance Minister Bill Morneau unveiled a projected deficit of $343 billion for the 2020–21 fiscal year, along with the expectation that Canada’s GDP will shrink by an amount not seen since the Great Depression. It all sounds pretty serious, but how worried should we be? Elamin and Rosie break down what you need to know about the Liberal government’s long-awaited economic update — and check in on how the opposition parties are feeling about it, too.

    • 22 min
    Will you download a contact tracing app?

    Will you download a contact tracing app?

    Get ready to make space on your home screen soon: July 2nd was supposed to be the day Canada’s “COVID Alert” app rolled out for testing across Ontario, with a wider cross-country release expected down the line. When the Prime Minister unveiled these plans a couple weeks back, he emphasized the app’s privacy measures and low-maintenance nature — but will that equate to an uptake significant enough to reap the public health benefits? Plus, Rosie and Elamin look south of the border as COVID-19 case numbers continue to spike in the U.S. What lessons can we learn from our southern neighbours, as the risks of reopening become clear?

    • 23 min
    Is it time to pause the PM’s pressers?

    Is it time to pause the PM’s pressers?

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hit a milestone, if you will, on Monday: he completed his eightieth press conference since the pandemic was declared in mid-March. The majority of them have been held just off his front porch at Rideau Cottage, though a few recent briefings have become almost campaign-style visits to Ottawa-area businesses. And those big-impact announcements of border closures and emergency economic supports that dominated spring headlines? They’re now few and far between. With that in mind, Rosie and Elamin wonder: have these regular prime ministerial briefings run their course? Plus: the death of a third temporary foreign worker employed at an Ontario farm is raising serious concerns about working and living conditions of seasonal workers during this pandemic — though advocates have been flagging many of these concerns for years. Elamin and Rosie take a look at what steps can be taken, now and in the long-term.

    • 21 min
    Systemic racism and the RCMP

    Systemic racism and the RCMP

    You’ve probably heard a lot of discussion around systemic racism this past week — particularly when it comes to the RCMP. Commissioner Brenda Lucki acknowledged last Friday that it exists within the force she leads, after dodging questions days earlier and explaining she’d heard up to “15 or 20 definitions” of the term. Elamin sifts through several examples of systemic racism specifically involving Indigenous people, from the creation of the RCMP itself to current statistics illustrating how Indigenous people are treated in Canada’s justice system today. Plus, Rosie takes a close look at the government’s recent promise to deliver a “fiscal snapshot” early next month. Why did it take so long to commit to an economic update, when other countries — even other provinces here in Canada — have already laid theirs out?

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
468 Ratings

468 Ratings

canuck cymraeg ,

Nice

Really enjoy the podcast - you are both very knowledgeable and engaging. And the pro Liverpool bias makes it all even better!!

KatarzynaDZ ,

V.Biased

I don’t think this podcast could be more one-sided and poorly researched... very disappointing and frustrating to listen to.

ghetto nugget ,

Highly recommend

Well balanced opinions. Love hearing both of their opinions and unique point of view when it comes to politics. So professional and educated on the topics. Love this show.

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