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Lots for Chantal and Rob Russo (filling in this week for Bruce) to talk about as we preview the decisions around and the optics around the cabinet that Justin Trudeau will unveil next Tuesday. Also, what does mandatory vaccination mean for MPs to enter the House of Commons and does it create yet another problem for Erin O'Toole? And then, inflation, and the Alberta plebiscite. As I said, lots to talk about!
Setting up camp in the Scottish Highlands for a few weeks and starting with a sense of what my first international journey since Covid was like. Bottom line -- it wasn't that bad at all. And then a lookahead to what is in store in terms of some special programs in the next little while, something I hope for everyone.
The pandemic has apparently made many Americans consider quitting their jobs. How about Canadians? There has been a research study on exactly that question going on for the last two years and our guest today has been the person doing the researching. All that plus an update on Scotland, The Bridge and Off The Record.
Chantal is in Montreal, Bruce is in Scotland as we tackle three issues including should the next minister of defence, if there's to be a new one, be a woman? Should whoever it is have military experience? All this in light of continuing allegations of sexual harassment in the military. But we start with Quebec's decision to hold back on its plan to have started vaccine passports in the health care system -- could that have an impact across the country?
It's been months since we talked about Donald Trump, and maybe that's been a mistake. Is he dumb like a fox? Some people say he is and the media is letting him get away with a "slow moving coup". Bruce and I have our thoughts on that. And while we're at it, how should the Canadian media be treating Max Bernier?
It's a big week in space as Star Trek becomes real if only for a few minutes. William Shatner goes into space and The Bridge has Canada's most famous astronaut to tell us what to think about that.Also an update on hand sanitizers -- were they ever. even needed?
The Conservative Caucus moves to be the deciders on whether their leader stays or goes. Can that be contagious for other parties? Chantal and Bruce have their thoughts on that. Plus why has politics become so unattractive for potential candidates? Or has it?
A footnote to low election turnouts. And then, when will Alberta recover from its COVID disaster? Can Jason Kenney survive the pandemic? No province has escaped the COVID challenge but Alberta has had a worse time than anywhere. Today we try to answer the question: What the heck is happening to Alberta?Guiding us through the story from Calgary is a friend of The Bridge and fellow podcaster, the CBC's Kathleen Petty of "West of Centre".
Chantal is in Montreal and Bruce is on the road today but the talk is always clear -- and today it's more of the post-election talk as we head into October ten days clear of the vote that gave the country another Trudeau minority. Trudeau's agenda and cabinet , O'Toole's leadership and Indigenous rights top the good talk agenda.
With vaccine rates somewhat stalled is it time for governments, businesses AND hospitals to step up their game on getting more vaccines into more arms? Smoke Mirrors and The Truth is back with Bruce Anderson. Also is it finally time to admit we lost the war in Afghanistan?
Canada elected 102 women to the House of Commons last week which is a new record, but it raises the question, is it enough? Other countries do better, much better. The executive director of Equal Voice joins the program for her perspective on all this. Also, our tease for today, can James Bond save the movie theatre business?
You don't want to miss this. A feature interview with Dr Isaac Bogoch of the University Health Network. If you feel out of touch after weeks of politics with the pandemic this is what you need. We cover a lot of ground here from kids, schools, teachers, boosters, attending major gatherings -- its all here with the authoritative, no-nonsense voice of Dr Bogoch.
This is another master class episode, this time on journalism in the midst of a campaign. Bruce and I are joined by an old friend, Assistant Professor of Journalism Elly Alboim from the Carleton School of Journalism. If you care about journalism you'll want to hear this.
So what was the point of all that? The Liberals are back with another minority almost the mirror image of the one that wasn't good enough for them just six weeks ago. The Conservatives get more votes, the Liberals get more seats. The NDP makes no breakthroughs and still sits in fourth place behind the Bloc. Deja vu all over again.
How do journalists deal with the challenges of the final days of a campaign. Spin is heavy, polls are abundant, and momentum can distort things. Althia is on the road this week catching a few days with each of the major candidates for Prime Minister. Rob is in the comfort of his home in Ottawa watching and analyzing things the way only he can. Plus, today's fun fact: does incumbency help or hurt individual candidates in an election?
It's gut-check time for all leaders during the final seven days. What do you say, what do you do, where do you go? These may be critical decisions so how do you make them. Our Insiders draw on their experience to give their best advice. And today's fun fact: just what did the last Parliament accomplish. The facts and figures tell a story.
This week's episode of Good Talk is a master class in understanding everything from debates, the vulnerabilities of the leaders, the impact of the People's Party, and the fallout from the Quebec leader's latest pronouncements. Things don't get better than Chantal and Bruce and this is another great example.
Canadian political leaders have debated since 1968, but do journalists cover these election spectacles appropriately? And how about those semi-violent protests - are they covered too much or too little?
We are entering the stretch run, the final two weeks, and the political ad segment of the campaign. It really started this holiday weekend as the Liberals moved to blunt Conservative momentum. Did it work? Does it work. Our Insiders look at that, plus the upcoming two debates this week -- and they give us the questions THEY would ask!
Journalists Althia Raj and Rob Russo tackle some key questions about journalism: should Justin Trudeau be called "prime minister" during a campaign?; who pays for reporters' travel on campaign planes?; should reporters share the blame for bad answers from politicians?; and how about the touchy subject of what's on and what's off the record? It's an action-packed episode you won't want to miss.
The Insiders gather to talk about what's happening in the war rooms as we head into week three. How does the fact people are considering Erin O'Toole as a prime minister impact the way the different parties run their campaigns? Also up for discussion: how does momentum affect a campaign, and, what are the underlying factors than can impact the final vote.
Bruce is back, with a detailed analysis of Canadian's attitudes on a number of issues surrounding the election. It's only two weeks in but some early trends are developing. We also look at the issue of young voters and just how much of a difference they may make this time.
It was a travel day at sea today as we headed south in the Arctic Ocean. But travel days can be a chance to reflect on the history of exploration in the Arctic and there is nothing I enjoy doing more. That plus also watching the Navy go through its drills breaking in a new vessel on its maiden northern voyage.
We may not be at the North Pole but in some ways we are at the top of the world. Grise Fjord Nunavut is Canada's most northerly residential community. It's an exciting place but one with a difficult history. I bump into an old friend who helps me tell it. And on our election update, they say leaders tours and television ads can make a difference in a campaign. How about lawn signs? You may be surprised.
On Day Two in the Arctic, The Bridge meets two fascinating residents of Pond Inlet who are directly impacted but in very different ways to climate change and Arctic sovereignty. One is a long-time hunter, the other a long-time ranger. Hear their amazing stories on today's show.
The Bridge heads to the Arctic to see two big issues first hand -- the impact of climate change, and how to handle Arctic sovereignty. Day One is in Pond Inlet before Friday boarding HMCS Harry Dewolf, Canada's first Arctic Patrol vessel. And we don't forget the election as we talk too about the importance of turnout.
Chantal Hebert and Bruce Anderson are back with the first Good Talk of the 2021 election campaign. Topics range from the impact of a PC win provincially in Nova Scotia, to how Premier Legault in Quebec may impact how Quebecers vote federally which could impact the final national result, to the power of visual ads whether on TV or online and what the early ones are telling us.
What aren't we seeing, what aren't we hearing and what aren't we discussing as we enter the third day of Canada's election campaign. That's the focus on this first segment of the "Reporters Notebook". Veteran political journalists Rob Russo and Althia Raj give a sense of what they see ahead. And a rundown of how the papers played Sunday's election call -- an interesting look at the way the country reacted to the decision.
With news that a fourth wave is now underway in Canada, can the Trudeau government risk an election campaign in the midst of it? Along with Bruce Anderson we weigh the possibilities. Also the impact of climate change, child care and China on how Canadians may cast their votes.
Some good talk about polls and what you need to consider at a time when you may well be bombarded with polls. Its another episode of Bruce Anderson and Smoke Mirrors and The Truth where we also weigh election possibilities as some may be getting cold feet about calling an election when a fourth wave seems possible.
The third and final in our series of interviews with the major national political party leaders. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh talks about everything from the pandemic to the indigenous issue, and also his request of the Governor General not to allow Justin Trudeau an election this summer.Then Chantal Hebert and Bruce Anderson offer their take on the NDP leader's comments.
The election campaign could start in less than a month, so what does Erin O'Toole stand for? The man who leads the Conservatives wants to be prime minister but what do you actually know about what he would do if you gave him the job?
That promoting vaccine misinformation have taken a big hit with some of their biggest supporters taking to the sidelines. Bruce Anderson is in his regular spot for SMT as we talk vaccine numbers, and also we look at just how big the indigenous issue could be in the upcoming election.
Bruce Anderson joins us for the week's SMT with the topic: the election. Everyone is betting it will be called next month, but why? What's the reason? The government hasn't been defeated in Parliament so why now two years before the rules say it should be called? And what are the issues? What's the ballot question?
**Note: This episode was originally published Wednesday, July 7. Republishing episode due to technical issues.**Mary Simon becomes GG and there's reason to be inspired and celebrate. Also, lots more with Bruce Anderson on polls, politics and vaccines. And of course, radishes.