“All the things he was illuminating about Trump or proving in some way are things you kind of already had to know or assume but yet seeing it laid out in specifics still has the power to shock.”
Host Sarah Turnbull is joined by /Thread panelists Shannon Proudfoot of Maclean’s and David Reevely of The Canadian Press. Topics include: key takeaways from former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould’s testimony to the House of Common’s Justice Committee about the ongoing SNC-Lavalin affair, Michael Cohen’s revelations about his time representing U.S. President Donald Trump, and Canada’s plans to journey to the moon.
“It goes back to this confirmation bias idea; because someone isn’t feeding the narrative you want to hear doesn’t mean they’re partisan. I think we all need to remind ourselves of that.”
Host Sarah Turnbull is joined by /Thread panelists Shannon Proudfoot of Maclean’s and David Reevely of The Canadian Press. Topics include: the resignation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s right hand man Gerry Butts, unpacking the House of Commons justice committee hearings, including testimony from the Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, the messages delivered by the United We Roll convoy on Parliament Hill, and the bizarre investigation of actor Jussie Smollett.
“It’s a pretty bald thing to say, it’s hard to interpret the meaning of what she said in any way other than some sort of strong-arming to get a quote.”
Host Sarah Turnbull is joined by /Thread panelists Shannon Proudfoot of Maclean’s and David Reevely of The Canadian Press. The trio discuss: former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation from the Trudeau cabinet following the SNC-Lavalin controversy, Ontario Social Services Minister Lisa Macleod’s apology to a behavioural analyst group claiming she threatened them to support the Tories’ new autism plan, and saying farewell to NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover.
“There is a distinction between what is allowed, what is proper, and what is desirable for politicians…people aren’t behaving like obviously innocent people.”
Host Sarah Turnbull is joined by /Thread panelists David Reevely of The Canadian Press and Shannon Proudfoot of Maclean’s. Topics include: The Globe and Mail’s scathing report that puts the PMO in the spotlight for allegedly pressuring the former AG to intervene in the SNC-Lavalin case, the main themes out of the State of the Union address, and the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof’s latest op-ed ‘Thank God For Canada.’
“[This plan] is really set up well if we face the exact same threats the Americans did in 2016…but I think we’re probably going to face new stuff this time, some of it the government really can’t protect us from.”
Host Sarah Turnbull is joined by Shannon Proudfoot of Maclean’s and David Reevely of The Canadian Press to break down the week that was. Topics include: The ongoing China dispute and other Question Period chatter, the federal government’s plan to stop electoral interference and fake news in the lead up to the October election, and former Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz hint at a 2020 presidential run.
“There’s a reasonable argument to be made that the Liberals weren’t particularly surprised by McCallum saying this because it’s not uncommon – and we’ve seen this before with the Liberals – to send somebody out to test a message that may or may not be popular.”
BuzzFeed’s Elamin Abdelmahmoud and Vocal Fry Studios’ Vicky Mochama join host Sarah Turnbull at Toronto’s Lakeview Diner to talk about the mixed messages surrounding Meng Wanzhou’s extradition, Canada’s new food guide, and the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards.
“I will commend the government for their commitment to all manner of fair and proper immigration and dealing with issues of oppression, abuse and the like, but when you stage manage it to such a degree you create problems for yourself.”
Host Sarah Turnbull is joined by Shannon Proudfoot of Maclean’s and Tim Powers of Summa Strategies, to chat about the week’s headlines. Topics include: The welcoming of a Saudi teen fleeing her allegedly abusive family, the ups and downs of the Liberal’s cabinet shuffle, drama in the Burnaby South by-election, and Gillette’s new “toxic masculinity” ad that’s sparking controversy.
“What I found odd about the address was that this is a president who has championed himself as an outside Washington guy – you know the rebels at the gates – and here he is sitting with all the trappings of the government around him. The medium or the venue did not suit the message.”
Host Sarah Turnbull sits down with Susan Delacourt, national columnist and Ottawa bureau chief at the Toronto Star and David Reevely, news editor at The Canadian Press to talk about the week’s headlines. Topics include: U.S. President Donald Trump’s address to the nation regarding the proposed wall at the U.S./Mexico border, the Liberal’s impending cabinet shuffle following MP Scott Brison’s retirement announcement, and former Prime Minister Kim Campbell’s profanity on Twitter.