Canadian conservative figure Aaron Gunn is launching a six-part series titled, Politics Explained. A primarily Canadian based series, Aaron tackles issues like the Keystone Pipeline, political correctness, and Sir John A Macdonald.
Gunn interviews a number of prominent Canadian figures, including Rex Murphy, Conrad Black, Lindsey Shepherd and Ezra Levant.
The Post Millennial sat down with Aaron Gunn to discuss his new series.
TPM: What compelled you to make this series?
Gunn: Two factors. The first is the lack of balance and objectively in today’s mainstream media. All too often I’ll read a story or watch programming that is completely one sided and fails to present both sides of an issue. Over the past few years I have grown increasingly frustrated at a media seemingly intent with pushing its own ideological agenda rather than serving as unbiased arbiters of a rationale, fact-based debate.
The second is the lack of understanding and engagement with important political issues here in Canada by much of the Canadian public. I think a lot of that is due to the obsession with the American political drama south of the border (which, admittedly, is quite entertaining) and the media’s failure to report on the significant challenges that remain here at home. I wanted to bring as many of these issues and their nuances, as possible, to the forefront of the public discourse and public debate.
TPM: Do you feel like you have a better understanding of Canada’s political and cultural climate after making this?
Gunn: I do. From interviewing First Nations leaders in Northern B.C. who support pipelines, to the country’s leading historians on Sir John A. Macdonald, I have challenged the mainstream narratives and, at times, even my own personal beliefs.
But my greatest take away has been with regard to the political and social climate that I see descending upon Canada. An increasing number of people are afraid of speaking up on a wide range of issues simply because they hold views that runs counter to the mainstream media/twitter consensus with which all Canadians are expected to comply. This form of self-censorship is detrimental to any open and free democracy that values free speech and free expression as fundamental principles on which the country is built.
TPM: Why should an average Canadian watch Politics: Explained?
Gunn: If you are interested in learning more and staying informed about the important political issues facing Canada, from First Nations and pipelines to the shocking truth about how this country treats child murderers, than this is the show for you. It’s not always completely politically correct, but then again, neither is the world that surrounds us. It challenges assumptions, raises questions and, maybe most importantly, tell the other side of the story when no one else will.
TPM: What is the number one lesson you feel the audience will get from this series?
Gunn: Well, what I hope they realize is that we have very real challenges here in Canada that deserve our attention. That, in many cases, we have a media committed to furthering a particular narrative or ideological belief and, while everyone is entitled to their own opinions, it’s important to seek and out and find those that challenges your assumptions about the world around you.
The first episode of the series entitled "Do All First Nations Actually Oppose Pipelines?" was released on Tuesday, Nov. 24 and is available for free. Subsequent episodes will be released every Tuesday at the same time until end of the year and are available for free on Aaron's Facebook page and YouTube channel.
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