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Podcast: The Pierre Poilievre Problem

We spoke to Jen Hassum of the Broadbent Institute about the challenges posed by Conservative Party Leader Pierre Poilievre to progressives.

Podcast: The Pierre Poilievre Problem
Photo credit: Pierre Poilievre/Facebook.

Written by Alex Cosh

On the latest episode of The Maple's North Untapped podcast, we spoke to Jen Hassum, executive director of the Broadbent Institute, about the challenges posed by Conservative Party Leader Pierre Poilievre to progressives.

Hassum explained why she thinks comparing Poilievre to former U.S. president Donald Trump is flawed, and argues that progressives need to understand that the Conservative leader is drawing together a coalition of support that includes some sections of traditionally progressive constituencies.

Finally, we discussed what progressive politicians need to do to address the material concerns of working-class voters and stop Poilievre in his tracks.

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MPs Call for More Aid to Turkey and Syria

As reported by The Canadian Press:

"A cross-section of MPs say Ottawa should cost-match donations to more organizations who are responding to devastating earthquakes in Turkiye and Syria. Officials from Global Affairs are testifying to the House of Commons foreign affairs committee about Canada's response to the massive earthquake and hundreds of aftershocks that have killed more than 35,000 people."

The article explains:

"The federal government has offered to match up to $10 million in donations to the Canadian Red Cross for their partners on the ground to help people who are suddenly homeless."

Read the full story.

44 per cent

Data of the day from Research Co.: "In [an] online survey of a representative provincial sample, 44% of decided voters [in British Columbia] would cast a ballot for the BC NDP candidate in their constituency if an election were held today, unchanged since a similar Research Co. poll conducted in October 2022, when John Horgan was premier. The BC Liberals are in second place with 36% (+1), followed by the BC Green Party with 16% (+1) and the BC Conservative Party with 2% (-2)."

Bye, John Tory

Screenshot via CPAC live stream on YouTube.

We hope you don't mind the colourful language in the headline of this article, in which Passage's managing editor, Davide Mastracci, provides a blistering critique of Toronto Mayor John Tory's tenure. Mastracci writes: "[Tory will] be fine in whatever he does next, but it will take the city much longer to recover from more than eight years of his rule — if it can escape from his ideology at all."

Read the full article from Passage.

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