Althia Raj

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Althia Raj is a Canadian political journalist and a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery.[1][2][3] She is the Ottawa Bureau Chief for HuffPost Canada and also manages the news site's Quebec City bureau and hosts and produces Follow-Up, a HuffPost Canada Politics podcast.[4][5] Her team has held live town halls with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,[6] Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Heritage Minister Melanie Joly.[7]

Prior to joining HuffPost in August 2011,[8] Raj worked as a national political reporter for Postmedia News and has also reported from Parliament Hill for Sun Media and has been a producer for CTV and for CBC Radio's weekly national political magazine, The House.[3][4]

Raj is also a regular panellist on CBC News Network's Power & Politics programme and has appeared as a panellist on At Issue on CBC's The National as well as on various CPAC programs.[4][5][9]

In 2016, Raj was in conflict with Senator Leo Housakos when she named him as the source of a leak regarding the Senate's spending audit the previous year. Housakos replied by accusing Raj of conducting a smear campaign against him and demanded an apology when she accused him of lying.[10]

On February 28, 2018, Raj moderated the second all-candidates debate for the 2018 Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leadership election.[11][12]

Before becoming a journalist, Raj worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. She later worked at the Canadian Mission to the United Nations in New York City.[1] She's written an e-book called Contender: The Justin Trudeau Story.[13]

She was one of the moderators at an English-language debate during the 2019 Canadian federal election campaign.


  1. ^ a b "How'd You Get That Job?". May 7, 2014.
  2. ^ "'You're lying,' Huffington Post reporter says to senator about spending audit leak". CBC News. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Meet the Power & Politics power panelists". CBC News. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Althia Raj". HuffPost.
  5. ^ a b "Meet the Power & Politics power panelists". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. October 20, 2017.
  6. ^ "Reporter calls out restricted access at Liberal 'open fundraising' event - The Hill Times". The Hill Times. June 21, 2017. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  7. ^ "HuffPost Canada Launches New Political Show 'Backbenchers'". HuffPost. March 2, 2018. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "Althia Raj – Ottawa Bureau Chief, The Huffington Post Canada". November 3, 2011.
  9. ^ "Former candidates for bilingualism post criticize nomination process as harmful, divisive". CBC News. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "Senator Leo Housakos, reporter Althia Raj spar on Twitter over leak allegations". CBC News. May 17, 2016. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "Doug Ford, Christine Elliott treat each other as biggest threat in Ontario PC debate". Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  12. ^ "Ontario PC Party leadership candidates face off in final televised debate". Global News. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  13. ^ "Contender: What would Day One of a Trudeau Liberal party look like? - iPolitics". iPolitics. March 7, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2018.

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