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Political Stripes with Bob Rae – Episode 30 – Hugh Segal

This week Bob is joined by a returning Huge Segal to discuss the economic impact of COVID 19 and how some of the current government subsidies can work as a testing ground for the concept ob guaranteed basic income. 

Hugh Segal, is a Canadian political strategist, author, commentator, academic and former senator. He served as Chief of Staff to Ontario Premier Bill Davis and later to Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Segal resigned from the Senate of Canada effective June 15, 2014, as a result of his appointment as Master (later Principal) of Massey College in Toronto. 

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Political Stripes with Bob Rae – Episode 29 – Jenni Byrne & Michele Cadario

This week on Political Strips Bob speaks with Jennie Byrne and Michele Cadario about their work promoting better representation for women on Boards of Directors with organizations.

They have both transitioned their life long work in politics to dedicating themselves to help balance the representation of women. 

Jenni Byrne is a political advisor for the Conservative Party of Canada and former advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. She was once referred to as “the most powerful woman in Ottawa” and “the other woman” behind Prime Minister Stephen Harper. She also served as principal secretary to Doug Ford.

Michele Cadario was the first woman in Canada to run a national election as Campaign Director for the Liberal Party in 2004 following her success as National Director for Paul Martin’s leadership campaign. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Martin and was a key member of each of his transition teams. More recently she was a senior strategist in the 2013 & 2017 BC Libéral campaigns and Deputy Chief of Staff to Premier Christy Clark until 2017. 

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Political Stripes with Bob Rae – Episode 28 – Alex Neve

This week Bob speak with Alex Neve about his role as Secretary-General Amnesty International Canada. A position that he’s held since January 2000. 

They discuss how Alex got his interest in the work of Amnesty International, the work they do, and his upcoming retirement from the role. 

This is a great conversation to gain a deeper understanding of the Amnesty International organization and its work.

Alex has been a member of Amnesty International since the mid-1980s and has worked for the organization nationally and internationally in a number of different roles, including missions to Tanzania, Guinea, Mexico, Burundi, Chad, Colombia, Honduras, Zimbabwe, Côte d’Ivoire, South Africa, South Sudan, Bangladesh, and Ghana. In Toronto, he has been affiliated with the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University and has taught international human rights and refugee law at Osgoode Hall Law School. He regularly lectures, participates in conferences and speaks and writes in the national media on a range of human rights topics. Before taking on the role of secretary-general in January 2000, he served as a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. 

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Political Stripes with Bob Rae – Episode 27 – COVID-19

In this week’s episode, Bob shares his thoughts on the current situation with COVID-19. He walks us through some of the current changes we’re facing from a political, economic, and societal perspective. The overarching message is that in these difficult times, we can’t let our physical distance from one another weaken our resolve to do what needs to be done to defeat the current pandemic. 

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Political Stripes with Bob Rae – Episode 26 – Pat Sorbara

In this week’s episode, Bob sits down with Pat Sorbara. They discuss her history in politics, her support for more women getting elected, her exit from politics, and her new book that covers a lot of these issues. 

Patricia Sorbara has been a political operative for more than forty years—a mainstay in the background of both federal and provincial politics in Ontario, dedicating her career to the Liberal Party. She’s worked for and with Liberal Opposition Leaders, Premiers, Members of Parliament, Members of Provincial Parliament and more candidates than any staffer could imagine.

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Political Stripes with Bob Rae – Episode 25 – Erik Larson

It’s a very special episode of Political Stripes this week. The show is an interview that Bob had with famed author Erik Larson as part of Erik’s tour promoting his new book “The Splendid and the Vile”. They discuss the origin of the concept for the book, the creative process, and end off with some questions from the audience.

Erik Larson is the author of eight books, six of which became New York Times bestsellers. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Russian history, language, and culture; he received a masters in journalism from Columbia University. After a brief stint at the Bucks County Courier Times, Erik became a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, and later a contributing writer for Time Magazine. His magazine stories have appeared in The New YorkerThe Atlantic MonthlyHarper’s, and other publications.

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Political Stripes with Bob Rae – Episode 24 – Education with Stephen Hurley

In this week’s episode, Bob has a great conversation with Stephen Hurley on his 30 years in education.

Bob and Stephen look back on historical studies done that created our current public education system included the Royal Commission that was completed by Bob when he was Premier of Ontario.

This conversation leads to the current situation the Province finds itself in with the ongoing contract negotiations.

Stephen is a retired teacher, who taught in the Catholic School Board and now runs a podcast platform focused on conversations about education. His show can be found at https://voiced.ca/project/in-conversation-with-stephen-hurley/

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Political Stripes with Bob Rae – Episode 23 – Wet'suwet'en protests

This week Bob speaks with Karen Ogen-Toews about what’s happening with the Wet’suwet’en protests. Karen gives an inside view of some of the background that has led to the point of where we are now, and a review of some of the different players.

Karen also gives some insights into how she hopes these protests can be resolved. 

Karen Ogen-Toews is the CEO of the First Nations LNG Alliance.

She was a founding member of the Alliance, and brings extensive experience to her role as CEO, having served as Chief of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation for six years.

She now sits on the nation’s elected council, holding the Natural Resource/Energy and Economic Development portfolios.

She is familiar with the needs of Indigenous communities throughout B.C., and seeks to increase economic opportunities for First Nations through providing information and education regarding responsible resource development.

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Political Stripes with Bob Rae – Episode 22 – Conservative Leadership Race

On this week’s show, Bob speaks with Amanda Galbraith about the leadership race of the Conservative party. They cover the current candidates that have declared and speculated about one candidate that hasn’t officially joined the race.

Amanda is a Principal at Navigator, one of Canada’s leading consulting firms on Public Strategy and Communications. She is also a former staffer for multiple conservative leaders, working with John Baird, and John Tory.

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Political Stripes with Bob Rae – Episode 21 – Brexit

This week on the day of Britain’s exit from the EU, Bob talks with Guardian journalist Martin Kettle about Brexit, how the country got here and what could be next for his country. 

Martin Kettle writes for the Guardian mostly on British, European, and American politics. He has worked on the Guardian since 1984 in several capacities, including as a columnist, classical music critic, political leader writer, Guardian Europe editor, and US bureau chief 1997-2001. He was chief leader writer 2001-6. He became an assistant editor of the paper in 1994.

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