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thePodcast: Robinson’s “crappy piece of land” controversy exposes NDP internal strife

For the week of Feb. 11, 2024:

What a difference a week makes in British Columbia politics. The first poll of the election year, by ResearchCo, found that Premier David Eby and the NDP are poised for re-election because of splitting on the right. 

But, the following week, major discord within the left-wing governing party after Advanced Education Minister Selina Robinson’s “crappy piece of land” comments to a B’nai Brith online forum.

It sparked a successful campaign by Muslim community leaders, anti-Israel activists and allies of disqualified 2022 NDP leadership hopeful Anjali Appadurai to drive B.C.’s most-prominent Jewish politician out of cabinet. 

RCMP is investigating a death threat against Robinson, whose riding office was vandalized. What’s more, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist group celebrated Robinson’s demise and called it a turning point in Canadian opposition to the Israel-Hamas war. 

This week’s guest is Sarah Teich, a Toronto human rights lawyer, senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and legal advisor to Secure Canada. Teich said Canadians should be concerned about how the controversy unfolded.  

Plus, a cameo appearance by Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre and Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines. 

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thePodcast: Robinson's "crappy piece of land" controversy exposes NDP internal strife