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Althia Raj


Ottawa, Ontario , Canada

Political Journalist & CBC "At Issue” Panelist

Althia Raj is an Ottawa-based political journalist and a member of the CBC’s flagship newscast The National’s “At Issue” panel. She is also an analyst and pundit at CPAC (Cable Public Affairs Channel), and has covered Parliament Hill on and off since 2006, writing for HuffPost Canada, Sun Media, and producing for CTV and for CBC Radio’s “The House.” She can be seen and heard on various CBC, Radio-Canada and CPAC programs throughout the week. 

Keynote Speeches

Virtual Keynotes & Webinars
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Politically Speaking with Althia Raj

National political columnist and panelist Althia Raj discusses the political news and national topics at issue impacting organizations across the country.  

Canada’s COVID Response

Althia Raj provides an engaging and critical look into Canada’s pandemic response.


Canada's Federal Leaders

Althia Raj goes behind-the-scenes and provides a deep dive into the challenges and opportunities of Canada’s federal leaders and what the next election has to hold.

Audience reviews:

  • Althia was fantastic! She provided a great keynote, was generous with her time, answered questions with enthusiasm and humour, and was extremely engaged and accessible. Would recommend her very highly!
    - Shipping Federation of Canada
  • Althia Raj helped Grain Farmers of Ontario make our first-ever virtual March Classic a resounding success. Her insights into the Canadian political landscape were timely, clever, and thought-provoking. Our attendees appreciated her candor and intelligence during a live Q&A session. Ms. Raj was professional, smart, and funny, and her approach appealed to our very varied demographics. I would highly recommend her for any professional event. - Communications Manager, Grain Farmers of Ontario
  • Althia was the star attraction of a recent CEO-level client session. She provided the kind of thoughtful engaging, plugged-in political analysis that has become her trademark. Our clients were bowled over by her insights and delighted by her sense of humour. Hers is one of those rare talents that can both attract and maintain interest - in our case for a full 90 minute virtual presentation. She spoke seamlessly in both official languages, too. - Public Affairs Counsellor & Founder/Principal, Compass Rose

Speaker Biography

Althia Raj previously served as HuffPost Canada’s senior editorial manager and its Ottawa bureau chief, from the news site’s inception in 2011 until its closure in March, 2021. She set up the Ottawa bureau and later ran its bilingual newsroom, overseeing its political coverage of Parliament Hill and of the National Assembly in Quebec City. In 2017, she launched “Follow-Up,” a bi-monthly politics podcast she hosted and produced.

Althia was one of the moderators of the 2019 federal election debate. She also organized and moderated a federal NDP leaders debate in 2017 and the Ontario PC leadership debate in 2018.

She has consistently been ranked in The Hill Times list of the top 100 most influential people in Canadian politics since 2015. She is also the recipient of several digital media awards for her multi-media election coverage.

Prior to joining HuffPost, Althia was a national political reporter for Postmedia News and an Ottawa bureau reporter for QMI/Sun Media. She also worked as a network producer for CTV and as an associate producer for the CBC Radio program “The House.” 

Currently, Althia is a panelist on CBC’s political forum “At Issue”. She is also a weekly contributor to CPAC’s French-language program “L’Essentiel” and the Friday guest of its “Today In Politics” podcast.

She is a proud Parliamentary Internship Program alumna.  A graduate of McGill University, she serves on the Board of Trustees of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. She is a past chair of the board of directors of apt613.ca, an award-winning not-for-profit arts and culture blog which she co-founded in 2008.