The Backbench - CANADALAND
Dig into the Canadian election from the best seats in the House

The Backbench

Hosted by Fatima Syed

Dig into the federal election 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, Caroline Elliott, and Stuart Thomson.

Stay on top of things through sharp commentary and incisive analysis. Drops every Tuesday during #Elxn44.

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#13 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.  
September 21, 2021

#12 Fairy Tales & Picture Books

What issues did the federal leaders not speak on throughout the campaign? We get into some of them. And a look into what pandemic debts and costed platforms tell us.
September 14, 2021

#11 An Emergency, But First An Election

The show after Labour Day warrants a look at federal parties' commitments to workers and how they say they will grow our economy. And when it comes to climate change proposals, will voters respond to ambition or reality?
September 8, 2021

#10 Health Vs. Healthcare

 The Liberals promised to inject 6-billion more dollars into our healthcare system last week, but will more money mean more healthcare? Meanwhile, regional federal parties have dropped their platforms with distinct climate plans, posing a possible threat to major parties.
August 31, 2021

#9 Afghanistan & Affordability

Liberals scramble to respond to the crisis in Afghanistan amid the first week of campaigning. And Trudeau says he wants life to be more affordable while also suggesting it's not his job.
August 24, 2021

#8 Erin O’Toole Doesn’t Want to Fight

With massive childcare announcements and talk of abortion access, the Liberal government seems to be focusing on women lately. Is it pre-election pandering or just good governance? And we look at the state of the Conservative Party, whose leader says he does not want an election.
August 10, 2021

#7 Border Politics

Canada looks to welcome travellers again while the future of vaccine passports remains uncertain. And two national anti-hate summits last week had us wondering what policies would actually help.
July 27, 2021

#6 Pandering Season

More and more election season tropes have revealed themselves recently, particularly in Quebec, Alberta and Tiktok. And the mutiny against the Green Party leader Annamie Paul reaches its final stage next week - How did we get here?
July 13, 2021
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