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Maclean’s on the Hill: Electoral reform, Viola Desmond, Joe Biden

Our Ottawa bureau catches you up on a week of politics in the nation’s capital


 

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Each week, the Maclean’s Ottawa bureau sits down with Cormac Mac Sweeney to discuss the headlines of the week. This week, the firestorm around electoral reform continues to burn, this week over the government’s online survey. The opposition has attacked the initiative as seriously flawed, and an attempt to rig the results. Mark Holland, the parliamentary secretary for democratic reform, joins the podcast.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited Canada for the final time as Veep, just as our neighbours to the south make the transition to a Donald Trump presidency. Maclean’s Ottawa bureau chief John Geddes observed Biden’s visit—and the message he had for Canadian politicians.

Viola Desmond will be the first Canadian woman featured on a bank note. The Nova Scotian woman who challenged Canada’s segregation laws in the 1940s will be featured on a new $10 bill. We hear from Desmond’s sister and speak with University of Ottawa professor Constance Backhouse about how Desmond changed our country.

This week, the Governor General held a conference in which former pro hockey players called on the federal government to create a national protocol for dealing with concussions in sports. That’s exactly what it’s doing. To talk more about the upcoming new standards, and what symptoms parents should look out for if their child takes a hit to the head, Minister for Sport Carla Qualtrough joins the show.

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The full episode



Part 1. What’s next for electoral reform?

Maryam Monsef Minister of Democratic Institutions stands in the House of Commons during question period on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Thursday, December 1, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Maryam Monsef Minister of Democratic Institutions stands in the House of Commons during question period on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Thursday, December 1, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

The firestorm around electoral reform continues to burn, this week over the government’s online survey. The opposition has attacked the initiative as seriously flawed, and an attempt to rig the results. Mark Holland, the parliamentary secretary for democratic reform, joins the podcast.



Part 2. Joe Biden comes to Ottawa

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden arrive at a state dinner on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 in Ottawa. (Justin Tang/CP)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden arrive at a state dinner on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 in Ottawa. (Justin Tang/CP)

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited Canada for the final time as Veep, just as our neighbours to the south make the transition to a Donald Trump presidency. Maclean’s Ottawa bureau chief John Geddes observed Biden’s visit—and the message he had for Canadian politicians.



Part 3. Why was Viola Desmond forgotten by history?

Wanda Robson speaks about her sister, Viola Desmond, during an interview in Gatineau, Quebec on Thursday December 8, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Wanda Robson speaks about her sister, Viola Desmond, during an interview in Gatineau, Quebec on Thursday December 8, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Viola Desmond will be the first Canadian woman featured on a bank note. The Nova Scotian woman who challenged Canada’s segregation laws in the 1940s will be featured on a new $10 bill. We hear from Desmond’s sister and speak with University of Ottawa professor Constance Backhouse about how Desmond changed our country.



Part 4. Ottawa talks concussions in sports

Philadelphia Flyers center Eric Lindros lies on the ice after he was injured on a check to the head by New Jersey Devils defenseman Scott Stevens during the first period of Game 7 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals in Philadelphia, May 26. Lindros, was playing in only his second game since March due to a concussion.

Philadelphia Flyers center Eric Lindros lies on the ice after he was injured on a check to the head by New Jersey Devils defenceman Scott Stevens.

This week, the Governor General held a conference in which former pro hockey players called on the federal government to create a national protocol for dealing with concussions in sports. That’s exactly what it’s doing. To talk more about the upcoming new standards, and what symptoms parents should look out for if their child takes a hit to the head, Minister for Sport Carla Qualtrough joins the show.


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Maclean’s on the Hill: Electoral reform, Viola Desmond, Joe Biden

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