Cost of Living

What Canadians, their economy and their businesses can expect from new finance minister Chrystia Freeland

It's a heck of a time for Chrystia Freeland to take over as finance minister, with the country facing double-digit unemployment, political drama, and an economy still battling COVID-19. We explore what could be coming with public policy experts and political strategists.

Chrystia Freeland, her experience and what it means for Canada in a pandemic-inspired recession

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Canada has a new finance minister, and while Chrystia Freeland has been at the cabinet table in senior roles for years now, she's the first woman to hold many of the proverbial purse strings attached to the federal government. What can Canadians expect Minister Freeland do differently for our economy than her predecessor? 

Paul Haavardsrud talks with public policy expert and Carleton University professor Jennifer Robson about Chrystia Freeland.


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Plus - with a new minister comes a new crop of lobbyists knocking on her office door. We explore just who is going to be lobbying Freeland, for what, and why?

Producer Anis Heydari peered into the lobbying registry to try and get a feel for who the people knocking on the finance minister's door are, and what they might be looking for in the coming months.


And in a flashback to pre-COVID times, we peek under the floating SCOBY to find out how kombucha went from a Japanese seaweed tea to a fermented staple on grocery and convenience store shelves.


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