On this special episode of Explain Like I’m Five, host Aaron Reynolds visits Parliament Hill to speak with the Curator of the House of Commons Johanna Mizgala about the history and significance of the Centre Block building, shortly before it closes for a decade-long renovation.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, joins host Alex Paterson to discuss Trump’s impact on the Canada-U.S. allyship, and why he’s dedicated much of his time since leaving his post to preserving the relationship.
Host Sarah Turnbull is joined by Stuart Thomson of the National Post and Sarah Goldfeder of Earnscliffe Strategy Group. The group discuss: possible outcomes of the First Ministers’ meeting in Montreal and why tensions are already high, the passing of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, and the prime minister’s tweet to Trevor Noah.
Daphne Gilbert, law professor at the University of Ottawa, joins host Aaron Reynolds to explain the genesis of Canada’s abortion law, how it’s changed over time, and its parallels to Roe vs. Wade in the United States.
Host Alex Paterson is joined by Tim Dixon, co-founder of More in Common at the Global Progress conference in Montreal. Tim worked for years in U.K. and Australian politics before turning his attention to helping the world better understand what drives political polarization. Through this initiative, and years of research, Tim hopes to bring to light new narratives around what unites us vs. what divides us.
Host Sarah Turnbull is joined by Tim Powers of Summa Strategies and David Reevely of The Canadian Press to discuss: General Motors’ closure of five North American auto plants and how USMCA ties into the discussion, Ontario’s proposed climate plan, and Green Party leader Elizabeth May’s engagement news.
Dick Fadden, former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and national security advisor to the Prime Minister, joins host Aaron Reynolds to explain what CSIS is, how it operates, what it’s comparable to internationally, and why security threats look a lot different today.
Host Alex Paterson is joined by Falen Johnson and Leah-Simone Bowen, hosts of the indie turned CBC hit podcast The Secret Life of Canada. They talk about where the idea for the show came from, how they go about taking a look between the lines of Canadian history, and why it’s important to prioritize Indigenous and racialized stories.
Host Sarah Turnbull sits down to chat about the week that was with Mary Anne Carter of Earnscliffe Strategy Group and Marco Vigliotti of iPolitics. The group dives into the fall fiscal update, delivered by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Wednesday, including tax breaks for corporate Canada and government media bailouts. Also discussed: the ongoing abuse scandal at St. Michael’s College School where six teens have been charged with sexual assault.
Andrew Griffith, former director general of citizenship and multiculturalism at Citizenship and Immigration Canada, joins host Aaron Reynolds to talk about how the Canadian immigration system works, the pressures it faces, and the philosophies that shaped it.