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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.

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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.

    Ep. 2 - Justin Trudeau Has No Friends

    Ep. 2 - Justin Trudeau Has No Friends

    The conflict of interest and ethics commissioner weighs in on the meaning of friendship; is Prime Minister Trudeau home free from WE? And the government steps into a legal battle over the Line 5 pipeline.

    This week's panelists: Stuart Thomson, Leena Minifie, and Jaskaran Sandhu
    Further reading:
    Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's reports on Trudeau and Morneau
    The Government of Canada's amicus brief re: Line 5

    This episode is supported by Freshbooks and Dispatch.

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    Ep. 1 - Every Province For Itself

    Ep. 1 - Every Province For Itself

    The third wave has shattered any remaining notion that we're all in this pandemic together. And the government commissions a new review into sexual misconduct in the military, just six years after the last one. What will it take for actual change?

    This week's panelists: Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Emilie Nicolas, and Drew Brown


    This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks and Cullen's Foods.

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    Introducing Our New Show: The Backbench

    Introducing Our New Show: The Backbench

    Dig into Canadian politics from the best seats in the House.

    Host Fatima Syed welcomes 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, starting May 4th.

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    Ep. 77 - Mao's Love Poetry and Chinese QAnon

    Ep. 77 - Mao's Love Poetry and Chinese QAnon

    Meng Wenzhou was arrested two years ago today in Vancouver and now unlikely MPs are calling for her release. Meanwhile, anti-CCP camps are at odds with each other in Surrey. South China Morning Post’s Vancouver correspondent Ian Young unpacks how international politics play out on Canadian soil.

    Further reading: 
    Government petition calling for Meng Wanzhou's release, sponsored by Manitoba NDP MP Niki Ashton
    Ashton's one public comment on the Winnipeg Free Press

    This episode is brought to you by Beer Canada and Paradigm.

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    Ep. 76 - Biden's Clean Break

    Ep. 76 - Biden's Clean Break

    U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s climate plan may seem at odds with Canada’s energy sector — but there’s more to consider than just pipeline politics. Senior Researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood unpacks Biden’s climate plan and what it means for Canada.

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    Ep. 75 - What's The Point Of The NDP?

    Ep. 75 - What's The Point Of The NDP?

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    It’s Election Day in the U.S. As Joe Biden heads to the polls having run his presidential campaign on one of the Democratic Party’s most progressive platforms yet, OPPO hosts wonder: Is having a party for “the progressive left” like the NDP the best way for such ideas to gain real traction? 

    NDP MP for Hamilton Centre Matthew Green joins and mounts a vigorous defence of the party.

    More Reading: 

    VICE: Canadian Senator Lynn Beyak Illegally Donated to Trump Reelection Using a Fake U.S. Address by Justin Ling

    The Ottawa Citizen: Canadian military wants to establish new organization to use propaganda, other techniques to influence Canadians by David Pugliese

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