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.
The growing push to decriminalize drugs in Canada
Last week, the federal government unveiled new legislation that would relax penalties for certain drug offences. It doesn’t go as far as decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of certain drugs — something many advocates, municipal leaders, public health officials, even chiefs of police have called for — but could it be a sign of shifting perspectives at the national level? As the opioid crisis continues to claim the lives of Canadians, Rosie and Elamin wonder whether more progressive drug policy could be around the corner.
But first: the two turn their attention to Alberta, where Premier Jason Kenney’s government is delivering their 2021 budget. It comes at a time when Kenney finds himself in a pretty bad place: his popularity has plummeted through the pandemic and his average approval numbers are hovering around 40 per cent. Could a welcomed budget be enough of a boost to change how Albertans are feeling about their premier?
Party in the U.S.A: What's next for the Christian right?
American Christianity is a complex thing, and there’s plenty of diversity in terms of denomination, theology and belief. But over the last four years, white Christians who describe themselves as Evangelical or born again have consistently rated President Donald Trump highly. In fact, the tightly woven alliance between the religious right, Evangelicals and the Republican Party was fundamental to Trump's success.
But as the former president moves on, where does that leave the Christian right? For insight, Elamin calls up Emma Green, a writer at The Atlantic who has extensively covered the intersection between U.S. politics, policy and religion. She explains why she called the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill a “Christian insurrection” and why so many believed that God meant for Trump to be inaugurated for a second term.
Genocide, China and calls for Canada to boycott the Olympics
This week saw more calls for Canada to boycott or move the 2022 Winter Olympics out of Beijing. Conservative leader Erin O’Toole said the government of China is engaged in a genocide of its Uighur population, and urged a relocation of the Games — or, failing that, a serious examination of whether Canadian athletes should compete. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party leader Annamie Paul have also called for the Games to be moved elsewhere; a rare coming together of viewpoints among opposition parties, as Elamin points out. What actions should Canada be considering, when it comes to next year’s Olympics? How does this country’s attempts to secure the release of “the Michaels” factor into this? And have boycotts of the Olympics been effective in the past?
Rosie and Elamin also take the temperature of the room — the “room” being the large chamber that is the House of Commons — to get a sense of how parties are feeling about the timing of a possible federal election this year. Might a spring election still be in the cards? Is a trip to the polls in the fall a likelier scenario? And how does the big vaccine deployment story factor into it all?
Party in the U.S.A: Impeachment, the sequel
It was the most bipartisan impeachment trial in U.S. history but in the end, the Democrats could not sway enough Republicans to state that Donald Trump’s actions played a role in the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
The U.S. is still coming to terms with the events of that day which left five dead and over 140 injured. While Trump’s acquittal — which allows him to still run for office — might seem like a win for the former president, it is only the beginning of what could be an unravelling of his legacy and the party that stuck so close to him during this violent event.
In the eyes of Democrats, many Independents, and some Republicans, the former president was responsible.
Elamin speaks with Tia Mitchell, the Washington correspondent with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who was inside the Capitol on January 6, about the impeachment trial and what comes next.
Is now the time to loosen lockdowns?
If you’re feeling stir-crazy these days, you’re not alone — Elamin and Rosie are both feeling way overdue for some haircuts. But as provinces all across the country take steps to lift lockdown measures, or in some cases simply allow for more indoor activities, the two can’t help but wonder: is now the time to do it? Coronavirus variants have been detected in seven out of Canada’s 10 provinces, and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam acknowledges these more contagious variants could spur a resurgence of cases as restrictions are rolled back. If governments have to turn around and quickly bring down the hammer again, will the political cost be too great?
The two also check in on the Red Chamber, as Senator Mike Duffy is making another attempt to launch a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the Senate itself. The Supreme Court is set to decide Thursday whether it will hear his case, after being dismissed in lower courts twice before. Rosie and Elamin unpack all you need to know as the senator nears mandatory retirement.
Party in the U.S.A.: How big is the GOP tent?
A battle is underway for the future of the Republican Party, just as former President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial is about to begin.
This week, we take a closer look at two GOP congresswomen — the Trump-wary Liz Cheney and the conspiracy theory-spouting Marjorie Taylor Greene. The two politicians represent different directions for the Republican party in a post-Trump world, one where the internal divisions in the party seem increasingly difficult to reconcile within the GOP tent.
Elamin speaks with Alayna Treene, a White House reporter for Axios, and Matt Berman, politics editor for BuzzFeed.
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Great snippet of weekly updates
I really enjoy the format of this podcast. It’s easy to listen to and gives fresh perspectives and insights. The tone of the podcast feels more conversational than news which is nice!
Could be better…
This podcast could be so much more. Both hosts are on their game when discussing content. But more and more they try too hard on making jokes, talking about their own lives, especially Rosemary Barton. It is just weird and takes a lot of the podcast time from actual content.