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Politics in Canada right now. With Jen Gerson and Sandy Garossino.
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. This episode is brought to you by Paradigm. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
It’s crowdfunding month! Support us at canadaland.com/join.  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 This episode was brought to you by Cullen’s Foods and Paradigm. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
It's crowdfunding month! Support us at canadaland.com/join. 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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. This episode is brought to you by CI Direct Investing. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
BC’s new Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau weighs in on Premier John Horgan’s snap election and ‘cynical’ political calculation. And some Liberal MPs are so passionate about a basic income ahead of the throne speech that we had to bring on ‘CEO activist’ Floyd Marinescu to offer his lobby group’s cost-benefit analysis.   This episode is brought to you by CI Direct Investing. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Snap election this fall? Erin O'Who? How many jobs can Chrystia Freeland have? And will the U.S. melt down in an apocalyptic civil war that will render it all meaningless? Jen and Sandy look at the season ahead.  This episode is brought to you by CI Direct Investing. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter @OPPOcast. While OPPO is not made using supporter funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar and Rotman School of Management. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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 explain where the Conservatives stand on the eve of the first party debate. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. CORRECTION: This episode incorrectly states that Chantel Moore was killed in an incident with the RCMP. In fact, the incident in question involved Edmunston Police. We regret the error. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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 charges meet the bar of “double criminality,” which means she’s one step closer to being extradited to the US. China is not happy. To dig into what’s at stake, we’re joined by Philip Calvert, a former diplomat in China and Senior Fellow with the China Institute of the University of Alberta. Get In touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter @oppocast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND's other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter at patreon.com/canadaland See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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? Zain Velji co-hosts. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar, Audible, and HelloFresh. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar and Audible. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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 SARS reporter, Ian Young of The South China Morning Post joins to help put it all in perspective. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar and FreshBooks. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by WealthBar and FreshBooks. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Comments (10)

Carson Chiu

I think canada isn't immune from populism but I think it has to be 'nice' populism since that's huge part of our identity like max's tweet on Greta? definitely not going to appeal to the masses

Nov 5th
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William James Millar

What a shame Jen is temporarily gone. Perhaps you should change the name of the podcast to "Justin Ling and other leftists who agree with him". He clearly can't carry this show on his own and this made worse by adding guests that only back him up. I was surprised he didn't even congratulate Jen on her new baby or let listeners know how she was doing.

Sep 13th
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Jessie Sidhu

I was really hoping for an intellectual and engaging podcast to teach me more about Canadian politics since everything out there is so heavily influenced by the US. I started listening from the beginning and then stopped and started right at the end hoping it got better over time, but was disappointed. This podcast is strictly back and forth banter between two opinionated journalists where emotion gets too involved to stay objective to the topics being discussed. The jumping back and forth between topics on an episode are also hard to follow. Lastly the constant swearing has only a negative impact on trying to present yourself as informed individuals. You should learn something from Commons or from The Secret Life of Canada.

Aug 1st
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Sabine

How about if we focus on getting the politicians to introduce actual strategies for addressing the important issues at hand rather than making suggestions for how they could make their campaigns more entertaining?

Jul 31st
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Luis Enrique

The way these two make fun of each other and the people involved in these stories is completely unhelpful and uninteresting when trying to actually understand the nuance of these topics

Jul 30th
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Aleksandra Nowak

you should educate yourself about Pharmacare and how much Canadians spent on their meds even with so called "benefits coverage"

Jul 16th
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Patrick Whitaker

Came here from the show Canada land.... You sound intelligent and are well spoken people.. The swearing degrades the conversation... Only because of the obvious great vocabulary you folks actually have... You gun pod cast. And yes I support fee speach... 100 percent I would be enraged if someone said your show should be canceled for swearing... I'm suggesting you keep it classy and use it for impact and less recess talk in the school yard... Your fan... All the best

May 16th
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Patrick Whitaker

I hands down support free speech and swearing.. But the more. You do it the less I repect you guys...

May 15th
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Patrick Whitaker

Seems like rocking the government to me

Apr 15th
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otty

Yes, canada limits supply of dairy to keeps prices high but the US subsidizes dairy to keep prices low so without tarriffs canadian dairy farmers would be out of business from dumping subsidized dairy from the US and elsewhere

Jun 14th
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