Peasants & Emperors is a podcast presenting topics related to democracy, science, culture, women’s issues, current events and critical thinking. A new podcast is produced and available for listening/download approximately every two weeks.
In episode one, join Alaine, Lea, Jessica and Rick as they introduce themselves to listeners while sharing their insights into the platforms of the various political parties running in Canada’s 2015 election.
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1. During this podcast it was communicated Canada historically never turns refugees away. In reality Canada did turn away hundreds of Jews fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany during the 1930s. Jews, like Muslim refugees fleeing Syria today, were rejected or feared primarily because of the perceived negative impacts of allowing them in to Canada. Canada’s prime minister at the time, Mackenzie King, and his Minister of Immigration, Frederick Blair, were not sympathetic to the plight of the Jews. Approximately 200 of the Jewish refugees seeking asylum in Canada returned to Europe where they eventually perished in the Nazi death camps.
2. Rick referred to Canada’s Minister of Finance as John Oliver (a comedian); he meant to say Joe Oliver (a humorless individual).
3. Lea communicated that the Green Party seemed to have the best platform in regards to relations with First Nations but an article published Oct. 15, by CBC News, states otherwise. The Assembly of First Nations released its assessment of the four main parties’ platforms and it is actually the NDP who received full marks in all six categories for a “comprehensive response to First Nations priorities”. The Liberals are 5/6 and Greens 4/6, both having incompletes in support, and for the latter both support and funding, of indiginous languages. The Conservatives are 0/6 as they did not give a formal response to the priorities laid out by the AFN.