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Dig into Canadian politics from the best seats in the House with host Fatima Syed and our rotating roster of panelists from across the country - Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Jason Markusoff, Drew Brown, Emilie Nicolas, Jaskaran Sandhu, Murad Hemmadi, Leena Minifie, and Stuart Thomson. Stay on top of things through sharp commentary and incisive analysis. Drops every other Tuesday.

The Backbench CANADALAND

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    • 4.2 • 846 Ratings

Dig into Canadian politics from the best seats in the House with host Fatima Syed and our rotating roster of panelists from across the country - Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Jason Markusoff, Drew Brown, Emilie Nicolas, Jaskaran Sandhu, Murad Hemmadi, Leena Minifie, and Stuart Thomson. Stay on top of things through sharp commentary and incisive analysis. Drops every other Tuesday.

    A Cynical Guide To COP26

    A Cynical Guide To COP26

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    Prime Minister Trudeau celebrated Canada's role at COP26 - but what is there to celebrate really? And Conservatives MPs try to start a 'civil liberties caucus' while the Liberal caucus vote not to empower themselves. 


    This week's contributors: Caroline Elliott, Emilie Nicolas, Riley Yesno


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    • 48 min
    A Money Manel: Equalization & Inflation

    A Money Manel: Equalization & Inflation

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    Alberta thinks it made a "powerful" statement to Ottawa this week. And the Bank of Canada says inflation is persistent, which can also be perceived as good news if you look really hard.


    This week's contributors: Drew Brown, Murad Hemmadi, Jason Markusoff


    Links: 
    - Trevor Tombe's tool that helped us understand equalization payments a bit better
    - The Conversation's piece on equalization overhaul
    - The TikTok on inflation from Kyne
    - Chrystia Freeland's statement about reining in COVID-19 measures


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    • 41 min
    Two Former MPs Dish On China & Climate

    Two Former MPs Dish On China & Climate

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    We invited former MPs on because it was supposed to be the first week of Parliament. It got pushed back, but we get into what the first days of Parliament are like and what issues this government will be inheriting anyway. 


    This week's contributors: Former MP Kenny Chiu & Former MP Catherine McKenna


    Links:
    - Kenny Chiu references this page on the BC government website on how emissions have increased in the province
    - Catherine McKenna references economists Andrew Leach and Trevor Tombe who have both argued carbon pricing does reduce emissions. Follow their work here and here respectively.
    - When we followed up with Catherine McKenna for links, she pointed us to this.
     
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    • 46 min
    Truth, Reconciliation and China

    Truth, Reconciliation and China

    Trudeau drops the first apology of his third term and has us wondering how reconciliation can go beyond symbolic actions. And as the Two Michaels make it home, what have we learned from this whole saga?


    This week's contributors: Joanna Chiu, Stuart Thomson, Riley Yesno


    Links:
    - Riley's piece on the spring federal budget
    - More on what Land Back & Cash Back are about
    - How to order Joanna's book, "China Unbound"


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    • 43 min
    A Conversation With A PPC Voter

    A Conversation With A PPC Voter

    This week, we bring you something different: an in-depth chat with a People’s Party of Canada supporter. Derek Taylor emailed Fatima after she called the party racist. He agreed to an interview. Derek gets into how he heard about the party, why he supports them, and the direction the party has taken since its creation in 2018. 


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    • 43 min
    An Unconsequential Election

    An Unconsequential Election

    At the time of recording this episode, #elxn44 literally has yielded the same number of seats (give or take several seats) for all of our federal parties. Here's a coast-to-coast-to-coast chat on what this outcome suggests and where Canadian politics goes from here.  


    This week's contributors: Drew Brown, Jason Markusoff, Leena Minifie, Jaskaran Sandhu, Stuart Thomson.


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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
846 Ratings

846 Ratings

killer_P ,

An approach to Canadian Politics I can listen to.

Highly recommended.

Plgrantns ,

Generally Great!

However continuing to platform professional whiners like Celina Caesar-Chavannes lowers the discourse and damages credibility of the podcast.

Cantlisten987 ,

So so boring

I think this podcast replaced Oppo, which had the perfect combination of hilarity, seriousness and the magic chemistry of Jen and Justin. The Backbench feels so one sided. There’s nothing interesting in the dialogue, too much lefty whiner insider grievance and no conflict between speakers. Skip this and subscribe to the Curse of Politics to get actual insider analysis from across the political spectrum.

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