Sunday, June 24, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Thomas Mulcair: He emerged from a provocative campaign for the leadership of the NDP, grabbed the political spotlight with his views on oil-sands development, and now the Leader of the Opposition has been on a steady upswing in the polls.
Artisanal Pencil Sharpening: He sharpened our pencil. Now he's back to talk about it.
For more information, including the music used in this hour ...
Thomas Mulcair is a rare political animal. He climbed to the highest ranks of Quebec politics, an unusual feat for an Anglophone. He was a Liberal cabinet minister who left the party and decided to run federally as a New Democrat. He conquered a Liberal bastion in the riding of Outremont in Montreal. And, most remarkable of all, as the NDP's lieutenant in Quebec, he helped shepherd their biggest victory in Canadian electoral history.
He is the first New Democrat to live in Stornoway, the home of the Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition.
Thomas Mulcair has been described on the one hand as fiercely loyal to his friends, funny and kind; on the other hand, as "hot-tempered in both official languages". His political opponents gave him the nickname of "the Grizzly".
Artisanal Pencil Sharpener
Back in May, Michael spoke with David Rees, the world's first and possibly only Artisanal Pencil Sharpener and author of How To Sharpen Pencils: A Practical and Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, and Civil Servants, with Illustrations Showing Current Practice.
Mr. Rees said that if I sent him a pencil, he'd sharpen it and rather than charge us his normal fee of 15 dollars, we'd have him on to talk about the job he did.
Music in Hour One:
1st Movement (Allegro) from Concerto No. 2 in G minor (Summer) by Antonio Vivaldi. Performed by Pinchas Zukerman and the NAC Orchestra
The Penguin, by Don Byron, Robert Debellis, Charles D. Lewis, Kenny Davis and Joey Baron.
Close Shave, by the Jazz Crusaders
Concerto, by the Baronics