Uncommons: Canadian Politics With Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

Uncommons: Canadian Politics With Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith meets a lot of interesting people as the Member of Parliament for Beaches-East York. In Ottawa and Toronto, and in his travels, he sits down with individuals who have led remarkable lives. In his work, he seeks out experts and i…


Testing and Tracing with Dr. Michael Warner
May 22 • 21 min
Dr. Michael Warner is the Director of Critical Care at Michael Garron Hospital, working on the frontline to treat patients with COVID-19. He speaks to Nate about how we are falling short in necessary efforts to test and trace, and the need for more…
From Paddling to Parliament with Adam van Koeverden
May 19 • 35 min
Adam van Koeverden won four Olympic medals for Canada as a paddler, including a gold medal in 2004, and he’s been Canada’s flag bearer in both opening and closing Olympic ceremonies. He’s now the Liberal MP for Milton, and speaks to Nate about how and…
Gun control with Ken Price and Claire Smith
May 15 • 40 min
Ken Price and Claire Smith’s daughter is a victim and survivor of the Danforth shooting. They talk to Nate about their journey as gun control advocates with the Danforth Families for Safe Communities (danforthfamilies.com), their views on recent…
Infodemic with Tim Caulfield
May 11 • 26 min
There has been an incredible amount of false information about the pandemic, both from the dark corners of the internet and from world leaders. Tim Caulfield is a Canadian professor who has devoted his career to debunking pseudoscience. He speaks with…
Gun control with Bill Blair
May 7 • 44 min
Our federal government has announced the immediate prohibition of 1,500 models and variants of assault rifles. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair is leading these efforts. He speaks with Nate about why this policy has been put into place, how it’s just a…
Fighting systemic inequality with Senator Kim Pate
May 6 • 43 min
Can we become a more equal society post-pandemic? As the former head of the Elizabeth Fry Societies, Senator Kim Pate has worked in prison reform for decades. She speaks with Nathaniel about her current work to fix our prisons, why we should address…
Childcare at the core with Kate Bezanson
May 3 • 32 min
As provinces set plans to re-open our economy, are they prioritizing childcare? The economic fallout of COVID-19 has hit women the hardest and childcare is critical for young families to return to the labour force. Nate is joined by Brock U Professor…
Public rules for big tech platforms with Taylor Owen
Apr 29 • 50 min
How can and should we regulate big tech platforms, from Facebook to Google? Our online lives are largely filtered through a small number of these companies and we need new laws to protect the public interest. Nathaniel is joined by Professor Taylor…
Power to Parliament with Michael Chong
Apr 26 • 36 min
Conservative MP Michael Chong has been a strong advocate for empowering Parliament, including through his Reform Act. Nate speaks to Michael about the need for greater independence in politics, his experience resigning from cabinet in 2006 and running…
The doctor is in. Hedy Fry on COVID-19 and the opioid crisis
Apr 22 • 39 min
Dr. Hedy Fry, Liberal MP for Vancouver Centre, has been a pioneer in the fight to treat drug use as a health issue. She speaks with Nathaniel about how COVID-19 exacerbates the realities of vulnerable populations, how B.C. is taking steps to address a…
Effective Altruism and Animal Rights with Peter Singer
Apr 18 • 51 min
Peter Singer may well be the world’s most influential living philosopher. In episode 8, Nathaniel speaks with Peter about effective altruism and global poverty, animal rights, food policy and the need for a global ban on wet markets, and broader…
From One –°risis to Another: COVID-19 to Climate Change with Elizabeth May
Apr 15 • 38 min
If the world can mobilize against COVID-19, can we do the same against climate change? Nathaniel speaks with former Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, about her climate advocacy, lessons we might learn from the pandemic, and…
Mobilizing our Health Response to COVID-19 with Danielle Allen and Sarah Downey
Apr 8 • 27 min
Do we have enough personal protective equipment? Are we mobilizing fast enough to scale up the testing and tracing required? In episode six, Nathaniel discusses the health response to COVID-19 with Sarah Downey, the President and CEO of Michael Garron…
Disinformation and COVID-19 with Charlie Angus
Apr 7 • 44 min
Disinformation has helped to upend elections, and in a pandemic it can cost lives. Nathaniel speaks with NDP MP Charlie Angus about the challenges posed by disinformation online, their shared committee work in the last parliament, and the importance of…
Can we still talk about sports? with Bruce Arthur and James Mirtle
Apr 3 • 37 min
Can we still talk about sports? Nathaniel is joined by Toronto Star Sports/COVID-19 Columnist Bruce Arthur and The Athletic Canada Editor-in-Chief James Mirtle to discuss the meaning of sports in a pandemic, the big league emergency response, and how…
Human rights in a pandemic and beyond with Alex Neve
Mar 30 • 35 min
How should we prioritize human rights in the midst of a pandemic? In episode three, Nathaniel speaks with Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada. They discuss why human rights should be at the heart of the response to COVID-19, how…
Is it time for a basic income? with Evelyn Forget
Mar 25 • 26 min
Is now the right time for a basic income? In episode two, Nathaniel is joined by Evelyn Forget, a health economist and professor at the University of Manitoba, and expert in basic income experiments. They discuss the evidence from pilots and existing…
COVID-19 and the Emergencies Act with Craig Forcese
Mar 24 • 35 min
Uncommons: Canadian Politics with Nathaniel Erskine-Smith is a new podcast series from the Beaches-East York MP speaking with experts on current affairs. Should the federal government invoke the Emergencies Act to combat COVID-19? In episode one,…