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Two opinionated journalists who always find something to disagree on.


Ep. 70 - Who’s Afraid Of The COVID Alert App?
Aug 11 • 37 min
Can you guess which OPPO host has downloaded the app? Citizen Lab’s Christopher Parsons joins us to assuage privacy concerns and/or irrational fears about the federal government’s new app to contain the coronavirus. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com…
Ep. 69 - QAnon Comes To Canada
Jul 28 • 43 min
Cars, machinery, and now conspiracy theories. The U.S. continues its proud tradition of exports to Canada as QAnon gains traction north of the border. Marc-André Argentino joins to walk us through the origins and future of QAnon in Canada. Get in touch at…
Ep. 68 - Why Working Moms Are Dreading September
Jul 14 • 41 min
The pandemic has already had a disproportionate impact on women, especially those with children. But how much worse could that be if schools don’t reopen soon? Dr. Sylvia Fuller joins to explain. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter…
Ep. 67 - Everybody Else Is Abolishing The Police, So Why Can’t We?
Jun 30 • 41 min
As calls to defund continue to grow, why not imagine what Canada would look like without police? Robyn Maynard joins us to unpack the idea. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by…
Ep. 66 - Get Me Outta Scheer
Jun 16 • 41 min
Now that Jen has thrown out her sourdough starter, it’s time to start paying attention to the race to replace Andrew Scheer. James Moore joins us to run through the field of candidates and explain where the Conservatives stand on the eve of the first…
Ep. 65 - Stuck In the Middle With Meng Wanzhou
Jun 2 • 36 min
China and the US are facing off in what’s being dubbed a new Cold War. And Canada’s stuck in a tight spot. Last week, a BC judge ruled that Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s charges meet the bar of “double criminality,” which means she’s one step closer to…
Ep. 64 - An Epidemic Of Racism
May 18 • 41 min
Violent attacks on racialized people are on the rise in Canada — especially against those who look East Asian. We’re joined by reporter Joanna Chiu to discuss what happens when we conflate the actions of a government with individual people. Get in touch…
Ep. 63 - Under Cover Of Covid
May 5 • 27 min
What does the new ban on assault-style firearms in Canada mean? And what’s going on with the dog-whistle racism in the Conservative leadership race? Zain Velji co-hosts. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO…
Ep. 62 - Why This Recession Is Hitting Women Harder
Apr 21 • 41 min
Can Canada get diaper pail-ready? We’re joined by economist Dr. Lindsay Tedds to help make sense of the long-term economic impacts this recession could have on Canada. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode of OPPO…
Ep. 61 - White Trash Hello Kitty
Apr 6 • 30 min
It’s everywhere. It’s all anyone’s talking about. It’s dominating headlines and social media feeds. So of course we’re going to talk about Tiger King. There’s also been plenty of erratic behaviour created by the pandemic, from volatile markets to a…
Ep. 60 - A Virus Designed To Test Society’s Weak Points
Mar 24 • 37 min
As the realities of COVID-19 begin to take hold in Canada, the strains on our society become most visible where we’re most vulnerable. A veteran SARS reporter, Ian Young of The South China Morning Post joins to help put it all in perspective. Get in touch…
Ep. 59 - Double Trouble: Oil’s Burst Bubble
Mar 10 • 27 min
What does the largest single-day drop in the price of oil in almost two decades mean for Canada’s economy? How will it affect growing frustration in Alberta? And have you washed your hands since you started reading this? Wash your hands. Get in touch at…
Introducing: Cool Mules
Mar 1 • 35 min
A new investigative series about the cocaine smuggling ring inside Vice Media. To hear episode 2 right now, subscribe to Cool Mules. Or get all six episodes ad-free for $5/month by clicking here.
Ep. 58 - A Seizure of Political Power In Wet’suwet’en Territory
Feb 25 • 38 min
Over the course of a week, Trudeau changed his tune from promising patience and cooperation with Wet’suwet’en land defenders, to asserting the rail blockades must be removed. Why the sudden 180? Plus, Teck withdrew its application for a $20 billion mine…
Ep. 57 - Peter MacKay’s Yoga Tweet Apology Tour
Feb 11 • 32 min
The race to replace Andrew Scheer as Conservative leader is on. Who are the key players, and what issues do they face in their bid for the job? For insight, we’re joined by former Harper strategist Ken Boessenkool. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com…
Ep. 56 - A Huawei Executive Defends Their Record
Jan 28 • 39 min
What are Huawei’s plans in Canada? How can we be sure our data is safe with them? And did they pay for the protesters outside the Meng Wangzhou hearing? We’re joined by Alykhan Velshi, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Huawei Canada, to talk all…
Ep. 55 - Canada Gets Kicked In The Teeth
Jan 16 • 38 min
Jen Gerson and Sandy Garossino break down where exactly Canada fits amid the ongoing hostilities between Iran and the U.S., and then discuss the prospect of a royal relocation. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter @OPPOcast. This episode…
Ep. 54 - The Biggest Resignation Of The Year
Dec 17, 2019 • 36 min
Andrew “Everybody’s Second Choice” Scheer is no longer the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. OPPO unpacks the latest in Western Alienation and takes a deep dive into the most significant political resignation of the year. Get in touch at…
Ep. 53 - OPPO Goes Nuclear
Dec 10, 2019 • 40 min
By popular demand, we take a look at nuclear energy in Canada. Plus a check-in with the bubbling oil sands of resentment that is Western Alienation Corner, and OPPO’s newest segment: Andrew Scheer Leadership Deathwatch. Get in touch at…
Ep. 52 - The Guy Behind Ontario Proud
Dec 3, 2019 • 48 min
A very special interview with the person behind your least favourite meme pages, Ontario Proud and Canada Proud. Plus, an update on Canada-China relations by way of an interview with two Hong Kong pro-democracy figures. Get in touch at…
Ep. 51 - Ministry Of Pandering
Nov 26, 2019 • 35 min
We take a look at the Liberal government’s cabinet appointments, check in on the scandals and simmering resentment in Canada’s “West,” and read some highlights from the listener mailbag. This episode of OPPO is brought to you by FreshBooks and WealthBar.…
Ep. 50 - 50 Things We Want From The 43rd Parliament
Nov 19, 2019 • 45 min
For our 50th episode, we have 50 demands for the government. What’s on your wish list? Email oppo@canadalandshow.com or tweet @OPPOcast. Support Canadaland Media at patreon.com/canadaland This episode is sponsored by FreshBooks (freshbooks.com) and…
Ep. 49 - Lisa Raitt’s Conservative Party Autopsy
Nov 12, 2019 • 49 min
The former deputy leader of the Conservative Party just lost her seat. She opens up about what went wrong in the election. Support Canadaland Media at patreon.com/canadaland. This episode was sponsored by Freshbooks (freshbooks.com/oppo) and Audible…
Ep. 48 - Useful Losers
Nov 5, 2019 • 42 min
A look at the smaller parties’ fates, a farewell to Elizabeth May, and the cabinet prediction that’s giving Justin nightmares. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter/Facebook @OPPOcast. See OPPO live at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival on…
Ep. 47 - Is Scheer Done?
Oct 29, 2019 • 42 min
Jen’s back! And she’s kept a list of the worst election moments. Plus, will the Conservatives kick out Andrew Scheer? And what the rest of Canada needs to know about #Wexit. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter and Facebook @OPPOcast.…
Ep. 46 - About Last Night
Oct 22, 2019 • 17 min
OPPO breaks down the election results from the midst of the Liberal victory (sort of) party. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter and Facebook @OPPOcast. The episode was sponsored by the new book, Highway of Tears. CORRECTION: An earlier…
Ep. 45 - We Haven’t Gotten To Truth Yet
Oct 18, 2019 • 42 min
It’s a special pre-election bonus OPPO! We talk about the party platforms and issues that actually matter to Indigenous peoples this election. Guests: Ryan McMahon, comedian and host of the Thunder Bay podcast. @RMComedy Karyn Pugliese, Nieman Journalism…
Ep. 44 - OPPO’s Big Queer Foreign Policy Extravaganza!
Oct 15, 2019 • 46 min
What do the federal parties say about LGBTQ issues? (No we’re not talking about gay marriage). And uh…why is no one talking about foreign policy? Guests: Erica Lenti, senior editor at Xtra, and National Post columnist Colby Cosh. Follow Erica at…
Ep. 43 - The First Official Leaders’ Debate
Oct 8, 2019 • 46 min
We survived debate night! Mostly. Plus, we break down the parties’ environmental platforms with energy and environmental economist Andrew Leach. Get in touch at OPPO@canadalandshow.com or on Twitter and Facebook @OPPOcast.
Ep. 42 - Coasts With The Mosts
Oct 1, 2019 • 39 min
Why does Trudeau want an underwater tunnel to Newfoundland? Who has the biggest battle in British Columbia? OPPO goes east and west for an election view from Canada’s edges. Guests: Drew Brown, editor of The Independent, and Melanie Green, reporter for…
Ep. 41 - Let’s Talk Tech! … And Blackface
Sep 24, 2019 • 44 min
Could all those images of Trudeau in blackface open the door for a more meaningful campaign? And we talk Canada’s growing tech scene. What’s it done with federal money—and what are the parties talking about now? Murad Hemmadi, policy and tech reporter for…
Ep. 40 - A Modest Plan To Eat The Rich
Sep 17, 2019 • 42 min
The campaign is on! Finally! Who won the first Trudeau-less debate? And why the other parties should actually listen to the NDP’s wealth tax plan. National Post columnist Chris Selley co-hosts. Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or find us on Twitter…
Ep. 39 - Who Has The Whitest Candidates? (It’s Not The PPC!)
Sep 10, 2019 • 33 min
How representative are the federal party candidates (so far)? We crunched the numbers. And the meth crisis was a provincial election issue in Manitoba — here’s why the rest of Canada should take note. Fatima Syed, investigate reporter with National…
Ep. 38 - Our House In The Middle Of An Election
Sep 3, 2019 • 32 min
Here’s everything you missed in Canadian politics this summer. Plus, we talk housing with Employment Minister Patty Hajdu. And … what’s happening with the NDP? Note: The NDP did not respond to a request for comment regarding Sid Ryan’s bid for candidacy.…
Ep. 37 - Is Jason Kenney Stoking Aberta Separatism?
Aug 27, 2019 • 38 min
Alberta’s premier wants a referendum on … what exactly? And Justin Ling wants you to calm down about climate change “muzzling.” Plus, meet some intriguing candidates to keep an eye on. P.S. OPPO has news! Get in touch at oppo@canadalandshow.com or find…
Ep.36 - Fake News Election Panic
Aug 13, 2019 • 35 min
After the Mounties’ massive manhunt for two murder suspects, Justin questions whether the RCMP’s mandate is overstretched — and makes the case that their role in local policing should be an election issue. And with an election looming, there’s a frenzy…
EP. 35 - How Alberta Got Weed Right
Jul 29, 2019 • 34 min
While some provinces are still trying to figure out booze, others have already gotten a good start on weed. Who’s doing sin best? Why do we keep hearing about the same four political operatives in Canada when none of them are good at winning? And…
Ep.34 - Does Québec Get A Pass On Racism?
Jul 15, 2019 • 28 min
Québec’s secularism bill is a godawful tragedy, the NDP’s platform leaves a lot to be desired, and Andrew Scheer is feeling cramped in Doug Ford’s clown car. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows rely on listener support.…
Ep.33 - Don’t Worry Britain, Stephen Harper Will Fix Brexit
Jul 2, 2019 • 33 min
Who should be allowed to pay for political advertising in Canada? Conservative MP and Foreign Affairs Critic Erin O’Toole explains what’s wrong with the current set of rules. And things have gotten so bad in the United Kingdom that they’ve brought in…
Ep.32 - You Have No Constitutional Right To An Abortion
Jun 17, 2019 • 37 min
Who better than a pregnant woman and a gay man to walk you through access to abortion in Canada? Then, Courtney Skye, research fellow at Yellowhead Institute, explains what most people missed in the recent MMIWG report. Finally, Justin yells at Trudeau…
Ep.31 - Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott
Jun 3, 2019 • 50 min
The two most “difficult” women in Ottawa join us for an in-depth talk about policy, politics, the “most dysfunctional place” to work in the country, and that whole SNC-Lavalin thing. While OPPO is not made using Patreon funds, CANADALAND’s other shows…
Ep.30 - The Best And Worst Election Ads So Far
May 21, 2019 • 36 min
Grab a bowl of all-dressed Ruffles and settle in for this review of the first run of federal election ads. Then, a look at what the Green Wave means for Canada. Finally, a recap of the election in Jesse Brown’s favourite province: Newfoundland and…
Ep.29 - The Case For Guns In Canada
May 7, 2019 • 34 min
Is the government coming to take your guns? Was scrapping the long-gun registry a mistake? Do we need stricter gun laws? Does the Liberal plan to ban handguns actually make sense? We scope out the current stock of firearm laws in Canada and take a look at…
Ep.28 - Provinces At War
Apr 22, 2019 • 33 min
With the election of Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party in Alberta, the national alliance of conservative premiers has gained a key member in its battle against the federal Liberals. In this episode, we take look at what’s going on in Canada from…
Ep.27 - Bozo Volcano
Apr 8, 2019 • 32 min
The Alberta election was Jason Kenney’s to lose, and with bozos raining down like a nauseating Vesuvius, it looks like he just might. And in the wake of the SNC-Lavalin scandal, there are now 21 MPs who aren’t members of the three major parties. How did…
Ep.26 - Jason Kenney’s $60,000 Problem
Mar 26, 2019 • 47 min
The Alberta election is around the corner and, in characteristic fashion, it is looking bananas. And we read the federal budget so you don’t have to. Plus, an update on the scandal that keeps giving. Finally, some serious news from the OPPO team.
Ep.25 - Trudeau’s OTHER Festering Scandal
Mar 11, 2019 • 31 min
What’s going to be the downfall of the Trudeau administration? It might not be the scandal you’re thinking of. Then again, it might be that scandal.
Ep.24 - Everybody Loves Raybould
Mar 4, 2019 • 27 min
Justin Ling was wrong. Listen to Jen Gerson deservedly drag him over the coals as they unpack the latest in the SNC-Lavalin scandal in this bonus episode.
Ep.23 - This Scandal Will Live And Die In February
Feb 26, 2019 • 45 min
Was the whole SNC-Lavalin affair a big nothingburger or does it still have the potential to completely rock the Liberal government? And with dozens of trucks rolling into Ottawa, a look at all things oil in Canada.
Ep.22 - The Political Parties’ Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week
Feb 12, 2019 • 37 min
It was not a good week for the main political parties in Canada. From the SNC-Lavalin affair, to the Conservative Google Ad, to the NDP’s confused position on Venezuela, here’s a dive into the morass.
Ep.21 - Sino The Times
Jan 28, 2019 • 33 min
This is the most strained Canadian-Chinese relations have been in years. How did we get here? David Mulroney, former ambassador to China, and James Moore, former Minister of Industry, join OPPO to shed some light on what’s going on.
Ep.20 - Where’s Jagmeet Singh? He’s On OPPO!
Jan 14, 2019 • 29 min
Where are the NDP? On OPPO, of course. Jagmeet Singh gives us the rundown on party policy, his plans to not lose a by-election and the federal one, and how he’d get along with Trump.
Ep.19 - All I Want For Christmas Is A New Justice Minister
Dec 17, 2018 • 35 min
How could Canadian politics be better in 2019? OPPO presents our top 10 wishes for the new year.
Ep.18 - OPPO Flop House
Dec 4, 2018 • 38 min
Zdravstvuj! OPPO turns its piercing focus on to the spectre haunting Canada in this look at the state of the left across the country.
Ep.17 - The Fascists Are Calling From Inside The House
Nov 20, 2018 • 29 min
What is going on with conservatives across the country? And what the hell is Stephen Harper doing on the Ben Shapiro show?
Ep.16 - The Canadian Military’s Radicalism Problem
Nov 5, 2018 • 41 min
We talk with Mack Lamoureux about the ongoing problem of the far-right in the Canadian Armed Forces and what the military is doing about it. And should David Frum have debated Steve Bannon at the Munk Debates?
Ep. 15 - Sure Climate Change Is Bad, But Do We Need Florida?
Oct 23, 2018 • 40 min
Well if nobody else is going to talk about the IPCC report on our impending doom, we guess we will. Justin sits down with MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, the most outspoken member of the Liberal caucus. And is Andrew Scheer really going to make us keep…
Ep.14 - The Liberals Are Doing An Awful Job On Justice
Oct 9, 2018 • 39 min
A look at the state of justice in Canada, as explained by the fervour over a convicted killer’s move to a healing lodge and the utter failure of the Liberals to enact judicial reform.
Ep. 13 - CAQ-Blocked
Sep 24, 2018 • 32 min
This fall’s Québec election might be a vital indicator of what’s to come in federal politics. We take a deep plonge into the issues at hand, and then discuss the Governor General’s scandale d’estime. Oh, and Doug Ford posed for a picture with a white…
Ep.12 - Weekend At Bernier’s
Sep 10, 2018 • 32 min
They’re baaaaack! Jen and Justin catch you up on what’s been happening with NAFTA, Maxime Bernier, pipelines, and more. Also, we reveal the real author of the NY Times op-ed.
Ep.11 - This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: The Year In Review
Jun 25, 2018 • 41 min
The honeymoon for Trudeau’s honeymoon is over. We take a look at the batshit year that was, and leave things in a light and summery mood by discussing child detention.
Ep.10 - Why’d You NAFTA Go And Make Things So Complicated?
Jun 12, 2018 • 44 min
Who invited Donald Trump to Justin Trudeau’s nice party? He arrived late and hung over, skipped meetings, vomited in the plants, hid a fish in the air ducts, left early, and then complained about it. How in all of God’s green pastures could he be right…
Ep.9 - Ontario Election Spectacular!
May 28, 2018 • 45 min
Ford scandals! Wynne gaffes! Horwath … is doing pretty well. We cover it all in our all-out, deep, deep, immersive, up-close, engaging, incisive, and penetrating look at how Ontario has been chewing its foot off to escape the snare of the provincial…
Ep.8 - Quebec Explained and Antagonizing David Frum
May 14, 2018 • 40 min
Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Quebec. Everything. And we attempt to answer the question: what the hell is David Frum doing on OPPO?
Ep.7 - Convicted Criminal, Fraudster, Financial Bandit
May 1, 2018 • 53 min
We tear into the Liberals’ “convention,” call the chaplain for NAFTA, finally solve Alberta’s David Suzuki problem, and sit down with Bill Browder, the man behind the Magnitsky Act.
Ep.6 - Decentralized Hot Mess
Apr 16, 2018 • 52 min
You’ve got a better shot getting a drink than information from the government’s open data infrastructure, Jason Kenney goes full (okay, not full) Mel Gibson, and an interview with Jocelyn Coulon, whose new book explains what’s wrong with Trudeau’s foreign…
Ep.5 - Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sussex Street?
Apr 3, 2018 • 48 min
Guns! Abortion! Now more OPPO than ever! Jen and Justin take on firearm legislation and the summer jobs funding attestation before asking Ontario NDP candidate Marit Stiles how her party plans on not losing in this election.
Ep.4 - Counter-PsyOps is a Good Place to Start
Mar 19, 2018 • 37 min
Could the NDP actually win in Ontario? Will we ever reach a consensus on carbon tax vs. cap and trade? And what role will Canada play in the New Cold War?
Ep.3 - Oh Great, A Trade War
Mar 5, 2018 • 37 min
Trump might lead us into a trade war, Big Tobacco wants your sympathy, the federal budget misses the mark on gender equality and we get some much-needed facts on Sikh politics Featuring Xtra reporter Arshy Mann.
Ep.2 - Patrick Brown Goes Full Sh**storm
Feb 19, 2018 • 30 min
Patrick Brown’s apeshit strategy, Justin Trudeau promises Indigenous people a New Deal, and could Trump happen here?
So about those Justin Trudeau rumours…
Feb 5, 2018 • 37 min
Jen Gerson vs. Justin Ling on the dubious Trudeau scandal buzz, the revenge of Jenni Byrne, the nation’s obsession with pipelines, and the Iran protests that everyone forgot about.