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Guest Bev Oda

Bev Oda was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She was the granddaughter of Japanese immigrants, a generation of people referred to as "Sansei". Just after the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, the Canadian government established a policy of interning Japanese Canadians at work camps all over the country. Bev Oda's mother, at the time single, was sent to Bay Farm in British Columbia. Bev's father was sent to work on a beet farm in southwestern Ontario.

Oda was born at a time when Canadians of Japanese heritage were seen as untrustworthy - the assumption was they were more loyal to Japan than to Canada. Despite the harsh realities of Canadian society in her youth, Bev Oda went on to have a very successful career in both public and private broadcasting. She's even in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame.

But her most controversial role was yet to come. Oda has been the Minister for International Cooperation for the last four years. Her job is to oversee Canada's international development strategy. She's also responsible for the government's main development funding agency - CIDA. We'll get into some of the criticisms of the strategy and of what's happening at CIDA. And we'll also find out what she thinks is the best vision for Canada's role in the world.

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