February 13, 2024
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#83 Why Are Conservatives Obsessed With Trans People?
Alberta Premier and UCP leader Danielle Smith has unveiled what many are describing as some of the strictest anti-trans policies in the country.
Noor Azrieh
Producer
Aviva Lessard
Producer
Caleb Thompson
Audio Editor
Karyn Pugliese
Editor-in-Chief

Shortly after, Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre, who famously stated he would lead a “mind your own damn business party,” didn’t mind his own damn business and supported Smith’s move in interfering with trans kids’ access to healthcare. 

 

Why is it that conservatives are so obsessed with trans people? Mattea Roach asked Hannah Hodson, former Candidate for the Federal Conservatives, and Mel Woods, senior editor at Xtra Magazine.

 

Host:  Mattea Roach

Credits: Aviva Lessard (Producer), Noor Azrieh (Producer), Caleb Thompson (Audio Editor) Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Guests: Hannah Hodson, Mel Woods

 

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