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What makes a politician great?

Embedded below, video from last night’s The Agenda. This was my third appearance (first one here, second one here) which makes it tempting to refer to myself as a regular, but that would probably jinx any chance I have at future appearances. (It’s a privilege and a joy to be on The Agenda. It’s a great show and Steve Paikin is a very impressive host.)

Get comfy before pushing play. It’s a little over 50 minutes long.

The Agenda Thursday Night

Just confirmed that I’ll be a guest on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin tomorrow (Thursday) night live at 8pm EST, re-broadcast at 11pm EST, despite a near disastrous pre-interview fueled by cold medication. The topic: “What makes a great politician?”

Now, obviously if I knew the answer to that question I’d be in Ottawa right now. Or is that the only way to measure success? Let me know your ideas so I can steal them and look smart on TV.

Other guests:

  • Michael Bliss, U of T
  • Richard Gwyn, Toronto Star
  • Chris Tindal, former Green Party candidate
  • Janice McKinnon, U of Sask (via Saskatoon)
  • Sylvia Bashevkin, U of T
  • A sixth person is still to be determined.

The Agenda will be awesome tonight

And not just because I’ll be a guest. Tonight’s episode dedicates a full hour to a discussion of not just “what are the forgotten issues of this election campaign,” but also “how do they become forgotten?” Are voters making their decisions based on theatre or policy? Do we suffer from a “gotcha” media that lowers the level of debate? How is the discourse in the United States different from here in Canada, and why?

Other guests include Andrew Coyne and Margaret Wente. Live at 8pm tonight on TVO.

Related: Video of my previous appearance on The Agenda with Steve Paikin