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#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.
December 1, 2020
#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.
November 17, 2020
#75 What’s The Point Of The NDP?
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?
November 3, 2020
#74 The Pre-U.S. Election Anxiety Show
An uncertain outcome in the upcoming U.S. presidential election is a real possibility that Canadians need to navigate. Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute Balkan Devlen explains why and how.
October 20, 2020
#73 Made In Canada Without Pride
US President Donald Trump’s rallying cry to a hate group warrants a review of where the Proud Boys are at today. Dr. Barbara Perry speaks on this Canadian export and to what extent they pose a threat to Canadian society and the upcoming US election.
October 6, 2020
#72 Snap Election Clapback, CERB Forever!
BC’s new Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau weighs in on Premier John Horgan’s ‘cynical’ political calculation. And ‘CEO activist’ Floyd Marinescu offers his lobby group’s cost-benefit analysis of a universal basic income.
September 22, 2020
#71 Fall Political Preview
Snap election this fall? Erin O'Who? How many jobs can Chrystia Freeland have?
September 8, 2020
#70 Who’s Afraid of the COVID Alert App?
Can you guess which OPPO host has downloaded the app? Citizen Lab’s Christopher Parsons joins us to assuage privacy concerns and/or irrational fears about the federal government’s new app to contain the coronavirus.
August 11, 2020
#69 QAnon Comes To Canada
Cars, machinery, and now conspiracy theories. The U.S. continues its proud tradition of exports to Canada as QAnon gains traction north of the border. Marc-André Argentino joins to walk us through the origins and future of QAnon in Canada.
July 28, 2020
#68 Why Working Moms Are Dreading September
The pandemic has already had a disproportionate impact on women, especially those with children. But how much worse could that be if schools don’t reopen soon? Dr. Sylvia Fuller joins to explain.
July 14, 2020
#67 Everybody Else Is Abolishing The Police, So Why Can’t We?
As calls to defund continue to grow, why not imagine what Canada would look like without police? Robyn Maynard joins us to unpack the idea.
June 30, 2020
#66 Get Me Outta Scheer
Now that Jen has thrown out her sourdough starter, it’s time to start paying attention to the race to replace Andrew Scheer. James Moore joins us to run through the field of candidates and where the Conservatives stand on the eve of the first party debate.
June 16, 2020
#65 Stuck In the Middle With Meng Wanzhou
China and the US are facing off in what’s being dubbed a new Cold War. And Canada’s stuck in a tight spot. Last week, a BC judge ruled that Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s alleged crimes meet the bar of “double criminality,” which means she’s one step closer to being extradited to the US. China is not happy.
June 2, 2020
#64 An Epidemic Of Racism
Violent attacks on racialized people are on the rise in Canada — especially against those who look East Asian. We’re joined by reporter Joanna Chiu to discuss what happens when we conflate the actions of a government with individual people.
May 18, 2020
#63 Under Cover Of Covid
What does the new ban on assault-style firearms in Canada mean? And what’s going on with the dog-whistle racism in the Conservative leadership race?
May 5, 2020
#62 Why This Recession Is Hitting Women Harder
Can Canada get diaper pail-ready? We’re joined by economist Dr. Lindsay Tedds to help make sense of the long-term economic impacts this recession could have on Canada.
April 21, 2020
#61 White Trash Hello Kitty
It’s everywhere. It’s all anyone’s talking about. It’s dominating headlines and social media feeds. So of course we’re going to talk about Tiger King. There’s also been plenty of erratic behaviour created by the pandemic, from volatile markets to a volatile Albertan health minister and Jen’s emergent prepper tendencies.
April 6, 2020
#60 A Virus Designed To Test Society’s Weak Points
As the realities of COVID-19 begin to take hold in Canada, the strains on our society become most visible where we're most vulnerable. A veteran of Hong Kong's SARS epidemic, reporter Ian Young of The South China Morning Post joins to help put it all in perspective.
March 24, 2020
#59 Double Trouble: Oil’s Burst Bubble
What does the largest single-day drop in the price of oil in almost two decades mean for Canada’s economy? How will it affect growing frustration in Alberta? And have you washed your hands since you started reading this? Wash your hands.
March 10, 2020
Introducing: Cool Mules
A new investigative series about the cocaine smuggling ring inside Vice Media.
March 2, 2020
#58 A Seizure Of Political Power In Wet’suwet’en Territory
A look at the ongoing crisis around pipelines and rail blockades, Teck withdraws its plans for a $20 billion mine and Conservative MPs demand justice for Alberta.
February 25, 2020
#57 Peter MacKay’s Yoga Tweet Apology Tour
The race to replace Andrew Scheer as Conservative leader is on. Who are the key players, and what issues do they face in their bid for the job? For insight, we’re joined by former Harper strategist Ken Boessenkool.
February 11, 2020
#56 A Huawei Executive Defends Their Record
What are Huawei's plans in Canada? How can we be sure our data is safe with them? And did they pay for the protesters outside the Meng Wangzhou hearing? We’re joined by Alykhan Velshi, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Huawei Canada, to talk all things Huawei.
January 28, 2020
#55 Canada Gets Kicked In The Teeth
Jen Gerson and Sandy Garossino break down where exactly Canada fits amid the ongoing hostilities between Iran and the U.S., and then discuss the prospect of a royal relocation.
January 16, 2020
#54 The Biggest Resignation Of The Year
Andrew “Everybody’s Second Choice” Scheer is no longer the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. OPPO unpacks the latest in Western Alienation and takes a deep dive into the most significant political resignation of the year.
December 17, 2019
#53 OPPO Goes Nuclear
By popular demand, we take a look at nuclear energy in Canada. Plus a check-in with the bubbling oilsands of resentment that is Western Alienation Corner, and OPPO’s newest segment: Andrew Scheer Leadership Deathwatch.
December 10, 2019
#52 The Guy Behind Ontario Proud
A very special interview with the person behind your least favourite meme pages, Ontario Proud and Canada Proud. Plus, an update on Canada-China relations by way of an interview with two Hong Kong pro-democracy figures.
December 3, 2019
#51 Ministry Of Pandering
We take a look at the Liberal government’s cabinet appointments, check in on the scandals and simmering resentment in Canada's "West," and read some highlights from the listener mailbag.
November 26, 2019
#50 – 50 Things We Want From The 43rd Parliament
For our 50th episode, we have 50 demands for the government.
November 19, 2019
#49 Lisa Raitt’s Conservative Party Autopsy
The former deputy leader of the Conservative Party just lost her seat. She opens up about what went wrong in the election.
November 12, 2019
#48 Useful Losers
A look at the smaller parties' fates, a farewell to Elizabeth May, and the cabinet prediction that's giving Justin nightmares.
November 5, 2019
#47 Is Scheer Done?
Jen's back! And she's kept a list of the worst election moments. Plus, will the Conservatives kick out Andrew Scheer? And what the rest of Canada needs to know about #Wexit.
October 29, 2019
#46 About Last Night
OPPO breaks down the election results from the midst of the Liberal victory (sort of) party.
October 22, 2019
# 45 We Haven’t Gotten To Truth Yet
It's a pre-election bonus OPPO! We talk about the party platforms and issues that actually matter to Indigenous peoples this election.
October 18, 2019
#44 Oppo’s Big Queer Foreign Policy Extravaganza!
What do the federal parties say about LGBTQ issues? (No, we're not talking about gay marriage). And uh...why is no one talking about foreign policy?
October 15, 2019
#43 The First Official Leaders’ Debate
We survived debate night! Mostly. Plus, we break down the parties' environmental platforms with energy and environmental economist Andrew Leach.
October 8, 2019
#42 Coasts With The Mosts
Why does Trudeau want an underwater tunnel to Newfoundland? Who has the biggest battle in British Columbia? OPPO goes east and west for an election view from Canada's edges. 
October 1, 2019
#41 Let’s Talk Tech! … And Blackface
Could all those images of Trudeau in blackface open the door for a more meaningful campaign? And we talk Canada's growing tech scene. What's it done with federal money—and what are the parties talking about now?
September 24, 2019
#40 A Modest Plan To Eat The Rich
The campaign is on! Finally! Who won the first Trudeau-less debate? And why the other parties should actually listen to the NDP's wealth tax plan.
September 17, 2019
#39 Who Has The Whitest Candidates? (It’s Not The PPC!)
How representative are the federal party candidates (so far)? We crunched the numbers. And the meth crisis was a provincial election issue in Manitoba — here's why the rest of Canada should take note. 
September 10, 2019
#38 Our House In The Middle Of An Election
Here's everything you missed in Canadian politics this summer. Plus, we talk housing with Employment Minister Patty Hajdu. And ... what's happening with the NDP?
September 3, 2019
#37 Is Jason Kenney Stoking Alberta Separatism?
Alberta's premier wants a referendum on ... what exactly? And Justin Ling wants you to calm down about climate change "muzzling." Plus, meet some intriguing candidates to keep an eye on.
August 27, 2019
#36 Fake News Election Panic
After the Mounties' massive manhunt for two murder suspects, Justin questions whether the RCMP's mandate is overstretched — and makes the case that their role in local policing should be an election issue. And with the election looming, there's a frenzy over fake news. But is it even a problem?
August 13, 2019
#35 How Alberta Got Weed Right
While some provinces are still trying to figure out booze, others have already gotten a good start on weed. Who’s doing sin best?
July 29, 2019
#34 Does Québec Get A Pass On Racism?
Québec’s secularism bill is a godawful tragedy, the NDP’s platform leaves a lot to be desired, and Andrew Scheer is feeling cramped in Doug Ford’s clown car.
July 15, 2019
#33 Don’t Worry Britain, Stephen Harper Will Fix Brexit
Who should be allowed to pay for political advertising in Canada? Conservative MP and Foreign Affairs Critic Erin O’Toole explains what’s wrong with the current set of rules. And things have gotten so bad in the United Kingdom that they’ve brought in noted public relations authority Stephen Harper to help broker Brexit.
July 2, 2019
#32 You Have No Constitutional Right To An Abortion
Who better than a pregnant woman and a gay man to walk you through access to abortion in Canada? Then, Courtney Skye, research fellow at Yellowhead Institute, explains what most people missed in the recent MMIWG report. Finally, Justin yells at Trudeau for failing the queer community.
June 17, 2019
#31 Jody Wilson-Raybould And Jane Philpott
The two most “difficult” women in Ottawa join us for an in-depth talk about policy, politics, the "most dysfunctional place" to work in the country, and that whole SNC-Lavalin thing.
June 3, 2019
#30 The Best And Worst Election Ads So Far
Grab a bowl of all-dressed Ruffles and settle in for this review of the first run of federal election ads. Then, a look at what the Green Wave means for Canada. Finally, a recap of the election in Jesse Brown's favourite province: Newfoundland and Labrador.
May 21, 2019
#29 The Case For Guns In Canada
Is the government coming to take your guns? Was scrapping the long-gun registry a mistake? Do we need stricter gun laws? Does the Liberal plan to ban handguns actually make sense? We scope out the current stock of firearm laws in Canada and take a look at what's coming down the barrel.
May 7, 2019
#28 Provinces At War
With the election of Jason Kenney's United Conservative Party in Alberta, the national alliance of conservative premiers has gained a key member in its battle against the federal Liberals. In this episode, we take look at what's going on in Canada from coast to coast to coast.
April 22, 2019
#27 Bozo Volcano
The Alberta election was Jason Kenney's to lose, and with bozos raining down like a nauseating Vesuvius, it looks like he just might. And in the wake of the SNC-Lavalin scandal, there are now 21 MPs who aren't members of the three major parties. How did it get this way, and what kind of influence can they wield?
April 8, 2019
#26 Jason Kenney’s $60,000 Problem
The Alberta election is around the corner and, in characteristic fashion, it is looking bananas. And we read the federal budget so you don't have to. Plus, an update on the scandal that keeps giving. Finally, some serious news from the OPPO team.
March 26, 2019
#25 Trudeau’s OTHER Festering Scandal
What's going to be the downfall of the Trudeau administration? It might not be the scandal you're thinking of. Then again, it might be that scandal.
March 11, 2019
#24 Everybody Loves Raybould
Justin Ling was wrong. Listen to Jen Gerson deservedly drag him over the coals as they unpack the latest in the SNC-Lavalin scandal in this bonus episode.
March 5, 2019
#23 This Scandal Will Live And Die In February
Was the whole SNC-Lavalin affair a big nothingburger or does it still have the potential to completely rock the Liberal government? And with dozens of trucks rolling into Ottawa, a look at all things oil in Canada.
February 26, 2019
#22 The Political Parties’ Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week
It was not a good week for the main political parties in Canada. From the SNC-Lavalin affair, to the Conservative Google Ad, to the NDP's confused position on Venezuela, here's a dive into the morass.
February 12, 2019
#21 Sino The Times
This is the most strained Canadian-Chinese relations have been in years. How did we get here? David Mulroney, former ambassador to China, and James Moore, former Minister of Industry, join OPPO to shed some light on what's going on.
January 28, 2019
#20 Where’s Jagmeet Singh? He’s On OPPO!
Where are the NDP? On OPPO, of course. Jagmeet Singh gives us the rundown on party policy, his plans to not lose a by-election and the federal one, and how he'd get along with Trump.
January 14, 2019
#19 All I Want For Christmas Is A New Justice Minister
How could Canadian politics be better in 2019? OPPO presents our top 10 wishes for the new year.
December 18, 2018
#18 OPPO Flop House
Zdravstvuj! OPPO turns its piercing focus on to the spectre haunting Canada in this look at the state of the left across the country.
December 4, 2018
#17 The Fascists Are Calling From Inside The House
What is going on with conservatives across the country? And what the hell is Stephen Harper doing on the Ben Shapiro show?
November 20, 2018
#16 The Canadian Military’s Radicalism Problem
We talk with Mack Lamoureux about the ongoing problem of the far-right in the Canadian Armed Forces and what the military is doing about it. And should David Frum have debated Steve Bannon at the Munk Debates?
November 6, 2018
#15 Sure Climate Change Is Bad, But Do We Need Florida?
Well if nobody else is going to talk about the IPCC report on our impending doom, we guess we will. Justin sits down with MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, the most outspoken member of the Liberal caucus. And is Andrew Scheer really going to make us keep talking about pot?
October 23, 2018
#14 The Liberals Are Doing A Shit Job On Justice
A look at the state of justice in Canada, as explained by the fervour over a convicted killer's move to a healing lodge and the utter failure of the Liberals to enact judicial reform.
October 9, 2018
#13 CAQ-Blocked
This fall's Québec election might be a vital indicator of what's to come in federal politics. We take a deep plonge into the issues at hand, and then discuss the Governor General's scandale d'estime. Oh, and Doug Ford posed for a picture with a white supremacist.
September 24, 2018
#12 Weekend At Bernier’s
They're baaaaack! Jen and Justin catch you up on what's been happening with NAFTA, Maxime Bernier, pipelines, and more. Also, we reveal the real author of the NY Times op-ed.
September 10, 2018
#11 This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: The Year In Review
The honeymoon for Trudeau's honeymoon is over. We take a look at the batshit year that was, and leave things in a light and summery mood by discussing child detention.
June 25, 2018
#10 Why’d You NAFTA Go And Make Things So Complicated?
Who invited Donald Trump to Justin Trudeau's nice party? He arrived late and hung over, skipped meetings, vomited in the plants, hid a fish in the air ducts, left early, and then complained about it. How in all of God's green pastures could he be right about any of his trade policy?
June 12, 2018
#9 Ontario Election Spectacular!
Ford scandals! Wynne gaffes! Horwath ... is doing pretty well. Plus an interview with Mike Schreiner.
May 29, 2018
#8 What Is David Frum Doing On OPPO?
Everything you've ever wanted to know about Quebec. Everything. And we attempt to answer the question: what the hell is David Frum doing on OPPO?
May 15, 2018
#7 Convicted Criminal, Fraudster, Financial Bandit
We tear into the Liberals' "convention," call the chaplain for NAFTA, finally solve Alberta's David Suzuki problem, and sit down with Bill Browder, the man behind the Magnitsky Act.
May 1, 2018
#6 Decentralized Hot Mess
You've got a better shot getting a drink than information from the government's open data infrastructure, Jason Kenney goes full (okay, not full) Mel Gibson, and an interview with Jocelyn Coulon, whose new book explains what's wrong with Trudeau's foreign policy.
April 16, 2018
#5 Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sussex Street
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April 3, 2018
#4 Counter-PsyOps is a Good Place to Start
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March 19, 2018
#3 Oh Great, A Trade War
Trump might lead us into a trade war, Big Tobacco wants your sympathy, the federal budget misses the mark on gender equality and we get some much-needed facts on Sikh politics.
March 5, 2018
#2 Patrick Brown Goes Full Shitstorm
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February 19, 2018
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#1 So about those Justin Trudeau rumours…
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February 5, 2018
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