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Dig into Canadian politics from the best seats in the House

The Backbench

Hosted by Fatima Syed

Canadian politics with host Fatima Syed and panelists: Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Jason Markusoff, Drew Brown, Emilie Nicolas, Jaskaran Sandhu, Murad Hemmadi, Leena Minifie, and Stuart Thomson. Drops every other Tuesday.

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#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

#5 A Two-Dose Election?

The spectre of a fall federal election looms large with a flurry of activity in the House, Trudeau calling Parliament toxic, and a high-profile Minister announcing she won’t run again. And further fallout after more unmarked graves were found at a residential school.
June 29, 2021

#4 The Politics Of Genocide: Kamloops Fallout

Federal politics scrambles to respond to the country finding more and more Indigenous children's remains near residential schools. And Prime Minister Trudeau is the "dean" of the G7 now, allegedly.
June 15, 2021

#3 Big Telecom, Big Quebec

Who's bigger: Canada's telecom giants or Quebec?
June 1, 2021

#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.
May 18, 2021

#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?
May 4, 2021

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.
April 27, 2021
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