Political Traction Podcast
By Navigator Ltd.
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Political Traction takes a close look at the top political issues in Ottawa and how well these issues resonate among everyday Canadians. Every week we assess how much traction political leaders, pundits, and media get with the people they’re trying to reach: you.
||CleanThe Panel: Trump and Trudeau||You don't get to be the governing party if you decide you want to burn the house down with our neighbour and the biggest economy going. – Colin MacDonald - Travis Kann, Lanny Cardow and Colin MacDonald talk Trump, Trudeau, M-103,||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBesides the handshake||This is the international relations equivalent of cutting someone off in traffic and then having to park next to them. – Lanny Cardow - Lanny Cardow, Principal at Navigator, makes his first appearance on the show to talk about how Trudeau and Trump'...||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrade Wars||We appear to be at a moment in time where the [...] value of a globalized economy is all coming into question. – Colin MacDonald - Allie and Colin talk about upcoming NAFTA negotiations and whether or not the speculation that Trudeau might not be up..||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLegalized, Episode 1||There’s confusion around the current regulations for marijuana. We clarify what’s legal and what’s not, who can sell it, who can buy it, and where dispensaries fit in. - Featuring: - Navigator’s Will Stewart; President and CEO of Supreme Pharmaceu||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrump and Trudeau||Trudeau is doing his own balancing act and he's walking a tightrope across the Grand Canyon.” – Travis Kann - The House has returned and so have we! - We're returning to our weekly schedule, but with a slightly different format.||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to Legalized, our new podcast!||Political Traction listeners — we have a new show! There is one issue in Canadian politics that we decided can’t be contained by the parameters of a weekly discussion. In addition to Political Traction, we will be taking an in-depth look at cannabis.||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe end of prohibition||Allie, Colin and David talk about the federal climate change plan, and recommendations from the Marijuana Task Force and special guest Will Stewart also weighs in on legalization in Canada.||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMydemocracy||We record from the road this week and talk about the mydemocracy.ca survey with special guests Anne Kilpatrick, Joseph Lavoie, and Jocelyn McLean.||12/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFeigned outrage||Allie, Colin and David talk about Trudeau’s statement on Castro, the Liberal “cash-for-access” scandal, and the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline.||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTo align or not align||Allie, Colin and David talk about electoral reform, Trudeau’s comments on negotiating NAFTA with Trump, and the opioid crisis in Canada.||11/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat does the future hold?||After our week off, we return with our regular panel. Allie, Colin and David talk about public-private partnerships, the carbon tax, and the Conservative Party’s leadership race.||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTraction revisit: The disconnect||Post-election, we revisit our special episode on Trump, and why determining voting intention can be so difficult.||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHerstory||Allie and David are joined by Travis Kann to talk about the fall economic update, CETA (again), the Liberal government’s pay-to-play scandal, and of course, the American election.||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre we still on?||This week Allie, Colin and David talk about CETA, Canada’s refugee policy, and Trudeau getting heckled at a youth labour forum.||10/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNo more debates||We are back with our regular show and our regular panel. Both Colin MacDonald and David Woolley join Allie to talk about health care transfers, carbon tax, and the presidential debate.||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOur favs||Parliament is on break, so this week Allie and Joseph are talking about their favourite podcasts and why they love them so much.||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEverybody Kind of Wins||On deck this week: The Liberal government’s carbon pricing scheme, the new BC LNG project, and provincial health care transfers.||10/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGood news/bad news: The Liberal government’s first week back||The House is back and so are we! Welcome to season two of Political Traction. For our first week, it’s a good news/bad news situation for the Liberal government.||9/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrexit: The British are…leaving? The British are leaving?!||This morning, Canada awoke to shocking news as the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union, roiling the world in political and economic turmoil.||6/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe End…(of season 1)||For the end of our first season we weigh in on with our very subjective opinions of whether our top issues were undervalued, accurately valued, or overvalued in terms of traction.||6/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOur Neighbours||This week we focus on how Canadians are discussing the Orlando shooting and how American politics are filtering into Canadian politics. David is back from vacation to go over the top issues and Allie talks with Sally Housser.||6/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDebates and Fighter Jets||This week we’re talking about electoral reform (again), doctor-assisted dying legislation (again) and…fighter jets! Also, we have special guest Travis Kann filling while David is away on vacation.||6/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Conservative and Liberal Conventions||Allie and David talk about the issues of the week and Allie follows up with Will Stewart on the Conservative and Liberal conventions and talk about which party got traction.||6/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScheduling update||We are changing our schedule! To bring you more timely content, we are releasing Political Traction first thing Friday mornings, rather than Mondays. We are implementing the change this week. So starting this Friday, June 3,||6/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat do you do with a Prime Minister once he stops being a Prime Minister?||Allie and David talk about these issues and the last bit of news on Elbowgate 2016, and Allie talks with regular on the show, Will Stewart, about Stephen Harper and his possible career outside of politics.||5/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElbowgate 2016||In this week’s episode, Allie and David discuss the incident in the House of Commons that resulted from rising tensions over Motion 6 and what is being considered the government’s attempts to curtail debate.||5/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhose money is it anyway?||Lately the government has been getting some heat for how they are spending taxpayer money – specifically with the size of the delegation Justin Trudeau took to the state dinner in Washington. Is the Liberal government spending money inappropriately?||5/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFort McMurray Crisis Response||This week, our thoughts are with all those affected by the wildfires in Fort McMurray. Allie talks with Jason Hatcher, lead on Navigator’s Western Canadian operations in Calgary, on crisis response in Fort McMurray.||5/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCelebrity JT||To get some perspective on the intersection of celebrity and political culture, Allie talks with CTV’s THE SOCIAL Co-host and ETALK Senior Correspondent Lainey Lui and Ryerson University’s Greg Elmer. Greg is a professor of Communications and Culture||5/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Exciting Topic of Senate Reform||"He might have just become the most popular man in the senate [...] they should take 10% of what they were going to spend on legal bills and buy Senator Duffy a car or something."||4/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeadership Races||“The thing about politics in Canada, it’s a very small place. If you’re a member of a party growing up, the chances are you’ve known this person a long time, that you’re now running against.”||4/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial Update: The NDP Leadership Vote||"Really what the leadership vote demonstrates is an unwillingness to move back to third-party status."||4/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOpen and Transparent||"It’s more a difference in interpretation of how they’re presenting the numbers than any sort of error or lack of thought of what’s gone into the budget."||4/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRegion, region, what’s your region?||We’re in a dangerous kind of precarious sense of federalism now, not just over the EI…we’re already getting close to the old sense of western alienation.||4/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Budget||It’s the first time we’ve seen media be critical of this government. There’s always dissenting paragraphs, now we’re seeing articles about broken promises.||3/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYouStink!||This week, we’re talking about garbage. Literal garbage and literally mountains of it. For months now, garbage has been piling up in Lebanon.||3/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMr. Trudeau Goes to Washington!||This week "It really is a celebrity-comes-to-town type of coverage […] everybody knows who Justin Trudeau is, and Sophie as well."||3/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGet Out of Ottawa||Whether you agree with the policies of Prime Minister Trudeau and the Liberal party or not, it’s very obvious they ran on a very different type of platform than what’s generating the [American] headlines.||3/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to Ottawa||Every week, we assess how much traction political leaders, pundits, and media get with the people they’re trying to reach: every day Canadians.||2/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to Political Traction!||We created Political Traction to assess how much traction political leaders, pundits, and media get with the people they’re trying to reach: you.||2/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMethodology||In this episode, Allie and David walk us through how Political Traction determines the top issues for the show every week.||2/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Finally, a podcast for Canadian politicos!
Allie McHugh and David Woolley do a great job of analyzing how much of the Ottawa bubble’s issues actually get traction beyond Parliament Hill. It’s an innovative concept only Navigator could produce.
Very insightful commentary on current Canadian issues. 100% recommend!
Smart People Talking
Great podcast with plenty of insight. Wish it were longer.