Spain in crisis over Catalonia’s fight for independence – November 5, 2017

Perspective with Alison Smith

Spain in crisis over Catalonia’s fight for independence – November 5, 2017

This week, on Perspective with Alison Smith: Spain in crisis over Catalonia’s fight for independence

Alison speaks Stephen Burgen, journalist with the Guardian based in Barcelona, about the mood on the ground given the unfolding crisis.

Antonio Barrosso, Deputy Director of Research for Teneo Intelligence, talks to Alison from London about the Spanish government’s reaction to the situation and what the broader implications of Catalonia’s quest for independence might be.

Alison speaks to Manon Cornellier, editorial writer at Le Devoir, about the comparisons being made between the drive for independence in Spain and Quebec’s sovereignty movement

We also hear from individuals within Catalonia who both support and oppose the region’s pursuit for secession from Spain as well a perspective from Iñigo Urkullu, President of the Basque Government.


Alison Smith

Alison Smith

Alison Smith is one of Canada’s best known and respected broadcast journalists. As an anchor and reporter for more than three decades, she was a senior award-winning member of the CBC News team. She has reported from every Canadian province and territory and across the globe.

She has hosted a wide range of network TV and radio news programs including The National, CBC News Morning and CBC Radio’s The World at Six. As a live news anchor, reporter and foreign correspondent, some of the stories she has covered include the September 11th attacks, the death of Princess Diana, elections in Israel, South Africa and Mexico and as Washington correspondent, she covered the historic election of US President Barack Obama.

She is a multiple Gemini nominee and has won international recognition for her work including a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media, a Friendship Award from South African Women for Women, and was named a Woman of Achievement by Hadassah-WIZO Canada. She was educated at the University of British Columbia and Ryerson University. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Okanagan University College (now UBC Okanagan).