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Every weekday afternoon, Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos guides Canadians through the country's political news, with a regular cast of political panellists and the continuously unfolding drama of the Canadian political scene.

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    • 4.2, 508 Ratings

Every weekday afternoon, Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos guides Canadians through the country's political news, with a regular cast of political panellists and the continuously unfolding drama of the Canadian political scene.

    Biden picks U.S. Senator Kamala Harris as running mate

    Biden picks U.S. Senator Kamala Harris as running mate

    Power & Politics speaks to political strategists and Washington reporters about Joe Biden choosing Senator Kamala Harris as his pick for vice-presidential running mate. Also on the show, premier-designate Andrew Furey on the state of Newfoundland and Labrador finances.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Opposition seeks probe into rent relief program

    Opposition seeks probe into rent relief program

    Power & Politics speaks to a panel of MPs about why the rent relief program was subcontracted to a company with ties to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's chief of staff. An ethics expert and the Power Panel also discuss this issue. Plus, Windsor, Ont. Mayor Drew Dilkens talks about his region moving to the next stage of economic reopening.

    • 58 min
    Canada to hit back against U.S. aluminum tariffs

    Canada to hit back against U.S. aluminum tariffs

    Power & Politics speaks to Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault about plans to impose $3.6 billion in punitive countermeasures in response to U.S. aluminum tariffs announced Thursday. CBC's Ashley Burke tells us how the government has been responding to reports of unusual spending to meet Gov. Gen Julie Payette's demands for privacy. Plus, Dr. Peter Lin discusses mandatory masks in schools.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    U.S. slaps 10% tariff on aluminum imports from Canada

    U.S. slaps 10% tariff on aluminum imports from Canada

    Power & Politics speaks to Canadian American Business Council CEO Maryscott Greenwood on President Donald's decision to impose a 10 per cent tariff on aluminum imported from Canada. Plus, the CBC's Ashley Burke on the more than $250,000 spent to satisfy Gov. Gen. Julie Payette's need for privacy at Rideau Hall.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Feds sign two agreements for millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines

    Feds sign two agreements for millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines

    Power & Politics speaks to Procurement Minister Anita Anand about the deal to secure Canada millions of doses of potential COVID-19 vaccines. Also on the show, Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna on changes to the COVID-19 infrastructure plan to help communities with pandemic projects.

    • 50 min
    COVID Alert app faces criticism over accessibility

    COVID Alert app faces criticism over accessibility

    Power & Politics speaks to Digital Government Minister Joyce Murray about concerns with the accessibility of the government's COVID Alert app. Also on the show, Conservative leadership candidate Leslyn Lewis on her vision for the party. Plus, the Power Panel discusses where the WE Charity controversy goes from here.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
508 Ratings

508 Ratings

Shiv Ruparell ,

Great show; poor pandemic coverage; less pundits

Big fan of the show. However, getting rid of the podcast during the pandemic was frustrating, especially for millennials and Gen Z who don’t have access to cable TV and rely on podcasts for the news and current affairs analysis. I’m glad that the podcast is back, but please update it sooner. Often, the post-pandemic podcast isn’t released until the day after it airs, rendering much of the discussion already outdated given the fast pace of Canadian politics these days. Please release the podcast version of the episode as soon it airs on the CBC. The sooner the better, especially for those of us who don’t live in Ontario and therefore operate in different time zones.

A final note: less pundits. More officials. While Vassy does try to push them to directly answer her questions (Canadian politicians are incredibly evasive, especially compared to what you see down south where I find they’re at least more direct even if what they’re saying is less agreeable), usually it takes the third or fourth try of Vassy repeating a question to finally get an actual direct answer out of her guest. However, due to time limitations she doesn’t always get the chance to push to that extent and really get an honest answer to her question. Maybe dedicating less time to the political panel and more time to officials would provide some extra wiggle room for the host to really push her guests and get proper answers to her questions, rather than the usual evasive talking points.

Overall, however, a great show. Vassy is an excellent journalist who is clearly respected by everyone she interviews. I think she should use that respect to push her guests a little further, but I’m splitting hairs at this point.

SamuraiSun ,

Great host poor content and guests

Vassy is an excellent host. Lets start there. Shes to the point, knowledgeable and a great journalist. The shows content however suffers. There’s only so much one can listen to about day in and day out like the WE charity scandal. Not saying to ignore the topic but change it up talk about some other issues that concern Canadians. Especially these days where there is an over abundance of hot topics! Vassy does her best to get at some of the political guests on the show but lets face it they’re politicians with agendas and they’re going to be evasive. So do I want to hear her have to ask them the same question 5 times in different ways only to get the same answer? I feel like I’m listening to a court case sometimes. Have some more interesting people on and just have some more variance. I was a subscriber and regular listener of the show but just cant listen to the same inane subject matter and robot politicians every day.

Paine Badtke ,

reporters/experts over politicians as guests

I do love this show but the pundits who talk in circles are a waste of our time. If the guests are only ever going to recite their party points, whaaaaat is the point. It’s genuinely hard to trust any of them when so often one party or another has embraced a lie, and we have to hear it endlessly repeated because they will speak no further on and give no greater insight to the subject at hand; instead we listen to them do a bad job trying to manipulate us.

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