The Backstage Podcast

The Backstage Podcast

Hi! My name is George Tsantrizos. From 2007-2018, I spent the better part of my life working as a political advisor, often referred to as the backstage of politics. The endless hours of a non-existent schedule; the media, community and government relations; the time away from home; the multiple campaign trails; the hurrays and the boos; the compliments and criticisms; all that and much more were just part of the deal. Why do it you say? For the absolute privilege of working with individuals that ceaselessly demonstrated their profound and remarkable desire to contribute to society. Here's where I surprise you... Many of those individuals had absolutely nothing to do with the political class. They were community organizers and leaders, businessmen and businesswomen, influencers, volunteers, inspirational men and women. Here's the irony... We depended on them as much, if not more, as they depended on us. And the conversations! I think I'll miss those the most! So I figured after all these years, perhaps there's a way to keep those going and share them with you all. Welcome to The Backstage! Hope you enjoy the conversations!

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September 13, 2021 44 min
The Backstage Podcast - Édition Élections 2021 Mon invité aujourd'hui est Victor Henriquez. Il est le fondateur de Public Stratégies et Conseils et ensemble nous discutons de la politique, des élections, des débats des chefs et à quoi s'attendre d'ici la fin de la campagne. Bon balado tout le monde!
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The Backstage Podcast - Elections Edition 2021 My guest today is Joshua Wolfe. He isn't a candidate running for office. He's a good friend and former colleague who works as Director of Outreach and Programming for Quebec and Atlantic Canada for CJPAC (Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee). He spends all his energy and knowledge on getting people, especially youngsters, more engaged in politics! I thought it would be...
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September 7, 2021 34 min
The Backstage Podcast - Elections Edition 2021 My guest this week is Marc Miller. He's the Minister for Indigenous Services, incumbent Member of Parliament and candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada for the riding of Ville-Marie-Le Sud-Ouest-Ile-Des-Soeurs. I hope you enjoy this conversation!
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September 3, 2021 43 min
The Backstage Podcast - Elections Edition 2021 My guest today is the Honorable Leo Housakos. He's a member of the Canadian Senate and although he's not running for a seat in the current federal election, I thought it would be great to discuss the role of Senators during a campaign and to pick his brain on a variety of issues revolving around this election. I hope you enjoy the conversation!
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September 2, 2021 50 min
The Backstage Podcast - Elections Edition 2021 My guest today is Carlos Godoy. He isn't a candidate. However, in addition to being a very dear friend, he is also the Senior VP at Impact Public Affairs and I thought it would be refreshing to talk to someone who has a wealth of knowledge about politics and could share with us his analysis on this year's federal election in Canada. I hope you enjoy the conversation!
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August 30, 2021 34 min
The Backstage Podcast - Elections Edition 2021 My guest today is Annie Koutrakis. She is the incumbent MP and candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada for the riding of Vimy. I hope you enjoy this conversation!
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August 25, 2021 26 min
The Backstage Podcast - Édition Élections Mon invité aujourd'hui est Gérard Deltell. Il est le député sortant et candidat du Parti Conservateur du Canada dans la circonscription de Louis-Saint-Laurent. Bon balado tout le monde!
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August 23, 2021 39 min
The Backstage Podcast - Elections Edition 2021 My guest today is David Freiheit. He is the candidate for the People's Party of Canada for the riding of Notre-Dame-De-Grâce-Westmount. I hope you enjoy the conversation!
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June 19, 2021 47 min
My guest this week is Greg Kelley. He is a Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Jacques-Cartier. He also happens to be the Official Opposition Critic for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers and for Indigenous Affairs, two files that have kept him busy and quite solicited these last months. On this episode he gives his take on Bill 96, which proposes new amendments to Quebec’s Charter of the French lang...
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June 9, 2021 56 min
My guest this week is Christopher Skeete. He is a Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of St-Rose, a district in the northern part of the city of Laval. He also happens to be the Parliamentary Assistant to Quebec Premier, François Legault, for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers and, very recently, he was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for the Fight Against Racism, a newly cr...
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April 23, 2021 46 min
Mon invitée aujourd’hui est Dominique Anglade, la cheffe du Parti libéral du Québec. C’est la deuxième fois qu’elle accepte mon invitation, mais cette fois-ci, nous mettons un peu la politique de côté afin de discuter de son nouveau livre, Ce Québec qui m’habite. C’est un livre dans lequel elle raconte l’histoire d’une fille d’immigrants, son parcours et ses multiples accomplissements dont, bien évidemment, son ascension comme prem...
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April 10, 2021 49 min
Bonjour tout le monde et bienvenue à un autre épisode francophone du Backstage Podcast. Mon invité cette semaine est un ami de longue date. En fait, il est parmi les premières personnes que j’ai rencontrées quand j’ai fait mon entrée dans le monde de la politique. Winston Chan est une des personnes les plus impliquées dans toutes les sphères de notre société, que ce soit socialement, en politique, en affaires, au niveau de la cultu...
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March 27, 2021 78 min
My guest this week is Adam Scotti. Perhaps that name doesn’t tell you much, but I can assure you that you’ve seen his work and you’ve most certainly been impressed! Adam is the guy behind almost every official picture of Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. He is an exceptionally talented photographer who, through his unique style, keeps setting the bar higher and sets the example among his peers. On this episode we talk about ...
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March 13, 2021 70 min
My guest this week is an old friend from college. Aram was that kid that everyone wanted to hang out with because of his loyalty, his kindness and his constant good humor. That’s not to say though that he didn’t get into his share of trouble, which also seemed to be quite constant! Somehow, we completely disconnected after college but I always wondered what he was up to and how his life progressed. Thankfully, with the help of soci...
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February 27, 2021 69 min
My guest this week is someone I met very early on during my career in politics. Evangelos Ligeros is one of the most prominent personalities in Canadian Taekwondo. He is the face behind Chong Lee Taekwondo, an institution through which Taekwondo was first introduced to Canada and founded by his father-in-law, the late Grandmaster Chong Lee, nearly 60 years ago! Evangelos is a Grandmaster 7th dan, 8 time national champion, internati...
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December 18, 2020 61 min
I am so excited to finally have John Parisella on the podcast. When I started working in politics, in 2007, I was almost immediately immersed in a world where legends were real. John had already and rightfully earned that title. When we talk about “The Backstage” of politics, John Parisella is most definitely the very definition of that statement! His involvement with the Quebec Liberal Party started in the late 70s as he quickly c...
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December 11, 2020 55 min
My guest this week is Evangelia Pavlakos. Eva and I have known each other since high school and despite the fact that we haven’t seen or spoken to each other since, I’ve been following her journey as an entrepreneur while becoming one of the most sought-after makeup artists evolving in the very competitive pop culture scene in Quebec. This achievement has been anything but easy and on this episode she shares the challenges she face...
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November 28, 2020 57 min
It’s very difficult to forget the day a very talented young man met with my colleagues and I with a request to provide any and all help to win his nomination as a Liberal Party of Canada candidate for the 2015 general election for the riding of Ahuntsic, in Montreal. I remember how much Anthony Di Carlo impressed us and demonstrated to us his passion for politics and his exceptional knowledge of that area he wished to represent. Wh...
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November 6, 2020 79 min
Mon invité cette semaine est Ali Nestor. Un individu quand même assez connu, surtout dans le quartier de Saint-Michel à Montréal. Pour plusieurs, Ali est le fondateur d’une école de boxe et d’arts martiaux à travers laquelle il a créé des programmes variés qui visent à encadrer des jeunes en difficulté et à les guider vers un chemin autre que celui pouvant les conduire vers le monde du crime. C’est justement ce Ali Nestor dont j’av...
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October 23, 2020 35 min
My guest this week is Dr. Christos Karatzios. He is a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases with an additional specialization in pediatric HIV. I’ve been meaning to have him on the podcast ever since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out here in Quebec, but as you can probably imagine, he was quite busy saving lives. He’s finally here though and we talk exclusively about the coronavirus, how we’ve managed it so far, how we’ve ...
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