Episodes

Canada Votes: WEXIT - Interview with Peter Downing

Oct. 19, 2019

Nearly 50 percent of Albertans would support secession from Canada, according to an Angus Reid poll completed in 2019. In #strngnfr's first interview, we sit down with Peter Downing, leader of the Wexit movement out of Alberta to understand what is leading to this sentiment. Has Ottawa purposely di…

Canada Votes: Populism

Oct. 11, 2019

Join Heon and I as we discuss the rise in populism in Canada. We also discuss the history and the aspects of populism that are not normally covered in the news today. Let us know your thoughts. Do you think populism is on the rise in Canada? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/strongandfree…

Canada Votes: The Peoples Party of Canada

Oct. 5, 2019

The Peoples Party of Canada (PPC) is perhaps the youngest political party in Canadian federal politics. Many have characterized the Party as being xenophobic and anti-immigrant. Their leader, Maxime Bernier has been vociferous by openly rejecting Canada’s multiculturalism policy. There is however a…

Justin Trudeau's Blackface / Brownface Scandal

Oct. 2, 2019

Our goal at #strngnfr is to explore political topics with a balanced view. Throughout our #elexn43 coverage, we couldn't help but cover Justin Trudeau's brownface-blackface scandal. Join us in hearing our perspectives and what this may have done to the Liberal Party. --- Support this podcast: https…

Canada Votes: The Green Party of Canada

Sept. 28, 2019

The Green Party of Canada has always been intriguing to me. I didn’t know enough about the Party. Is their platform only about responding to the environment? What about their stance on the economy? Immigration? Taxation? What are the Party’s strengths? Weaknesses? What would a Canada look like unde…

Canada Votes: The Conservative Party of Canada

Sept. 19, 2019

In episode three of our coverage of the 2019 Canadian federal election, Heon and I discuss the Conservative Party of Canada's history, philosophy, guiding principles, policy objectives and the biggest weaknesses facing the Party. Tune in now! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/strongandfre…

Canada Votes: The New Democratic Party (NDP)

Sept. 7, 2019

In our second instalment leading up to the federal election, the Strong and Free Podcast examines the New Democratic Party (NDP). How was the Party formed? What principles does the Party fight for? What could explain the Party's meteoric rise in the 2011 federal election? And what are the Party's b…

Canada Votes: The Liberal Party of Canada

Aug. 31, 2019

In our new series, the Strong and Free Podcast will be looking at each major political party leading up to the October election. First up, the Liberal Party. What could explain Justin Trudeau's rise in 2015? How could the leader of the third party seemingly overnight become the governing party with…

The Canadian Military Part 4: Supports for Returning Military Personnel

Aug. 24, 2019

In our final episode on the Canadian Military, we explore the stories of returning soldiers and the types of government supports for returning Military personnel. Specifically, we examine the supports that help individuals transition back to life in Canada. The sense of duty our military has to def…

The Canadian Military Part 3: Veterans

Aug. 17, 2019

In this week's episode, The Strong and Free Podcast examines four main issues facing veterans: PTSD; Homelessness; Exposure to Chemicals; and Lump-Sum Disability Payments. As always, let us know what you think! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/strongandfree/support

The Canadian Military Part 2: Procurement

Aug. 10, 2019

In this episode, Heon and I examine the perpetual issue of procurement in the Canadian military. What are the reasons behind procuring the best equipment for Canada's military? And why is military procurement always in the news? Listen now to learn more about military procurement in Canada! Sources…

The Canadian Military Matters.

Aug. 3, 2019

In this episode, Heon and I begin to explore the Canadian Military. We ask the tough questions of why the military is not front and centre for many Canadians. Sources used: Earnscliffe Strategy Group (2018): Views of the Canadian Armed Forces Tracking Study. http://cdacanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2…

Hate Speech

July 27, 2019

Sources used in this episode: Hating Hate: Policy Implications of Hate Crime Legislation Author(s): Beverly A. McPhail Source: Social Service Review , Vol. 74, No. 4 (December 2000), pp. 635-653 Published by: The University of Chicago Press Political Tolerance, Racist Speech, and the Influence of S…

Introduction of Heon Lee!

July 20, 2019

Welcome Heon Lee: Strong and Free's new co-host! In this episode we discuss Heon's background, and what made him decide to join the Strong and Free Podcast. Encounters with Canada ( https://www.ewc-rdc.ca/pub/en ) MP Mark Warawa: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Warawa --- Support this podcast: h…

The Gender Gap: Identity Politics Part 2

July 13, 2019

In part two of our series on Identity Politics, Heon and I examine the Gender Gap. We tackle these four areas: 1) A history of the gender gap 2) Implications for today 3) What do current scholars believe 'cause' or contribute to the gender gap? 4) What can govts do to attempt to address this? Sourc…

Identity Politics

July 7, 2019

Identity Politics is a hot topic in today's politics. Listen to Heon and I debate the history of the topic and where the movement can go for the future. Sources used: Medium Article: https://medium.com/strong-and-free/is-the-future-of-identity-politics-doomed-9ca55ef9a1e?source=friends_link&sk=64fc…

Alabama and its Ban on Abortion (Part 4): Special Guest!

June 20, 2019

Friends, this episode is quite special. Strong and Free's special guest, Heon Lee helps unpack the State of Alabama's ban on abortion, with detailed research on the Bill and implications. You don't want to miss this episode (and sorry for the poor audio quality!). Sources used: Bill text https://ww…

Abortion Part Three: Understanding the Anti-Abortion Movement

June 17, 2019

Sources Used: https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/6/2/451 https://docs.house.gov/meetings/JU/JU10/20171101/106562/HHRG-115-JU10-Wstate-ParkerS-20171101-SD001.pdf https://www.politifact.com/new-hampshire/statements/2015/oct/05/ben-carson/did-margaret-sanger-believe-african-americans-shou/ https://www.aca…