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February 2021

The Agenda with Steve Paikan

Once Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s parliamentary secretary and the only Black female MP on Parliament Hill, Celina Caesar-Chavannes grew disenchanted with politics and the Liberal Party and left them both behind.

While she no longer has a seat in the House of Commons, the entrepreneur is still advocating for more people of colour in government.

She joins Nam Kiwanuka to discuss her new book, “Can You Hear Me Now?”

Breakfast Television

The book “Can You Hear Me Now” is an inspiring story of failure and success.

CTV Power Play

In her new memoir ‘Can You Hear me Now?’ @iamcelinacc says we need to do politics differently. What needs to be fixed?

“We have to hold our governments to account in between those four years,”

she tells @EvanLSolomon. Watch more at CTV News.

January 2021

Black In The Maritimes: A Colored Podcast

A Black woman in parliament (The story of Celina Caesar Chavannes)

On our first episode of the year we talk for former MP Celina Caesar Chavannes about her life, new book and time in parliament working with premier Justin Trudeau.

Cross Border Interview Podcast

Vol. 2 Episode 23: Celina Caesar-Chavannes

October 2020

CBC Manitoba

Put Respect On Our Names’: CBC’s Uncensored honours Black women who fight against systemic racism

September 2020

Blind Stigma Podcast

Unapologetically speaking about mental illness and removing the stigma on our journey to mental health.

Emancipation Month Speaker Series

Speaking about emancipation and the reality of that freedom in a modern context. Hear inspiring conversations with three former Black female Canadian political leaders. For more information about the City of Brampton’s Social, Cultural and Economic Empowerment & Anti-Black Racism Unit, visit

August 2020

Black Tea

Our political landscape is missing a myriad of voices, including Black women. How has this impacted the news cycle, or affected the minds and ideologies of voters? Dalton Higgins and Melayna Williams talk with Celina Caesar-Chavannes as she spills all the Black Tea about the 42nd Parliament of Canada.

United Black Caucus: Conversations in Black

United Black Caucus (PAC) convened another Conversation in Black with Ms. Celina Caesar-Chavannes, former MP for Whitby, ON and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister of Canada Mr. Justin Trudeau.

We talked about her political involvement, empty symbolisms, token “allieship”, Black Canadians’ political power and the urgency of now because it’s “time to act, lead, and live up to the mantra #BetterIsPossible.” Follow us on Instagram @ubcpac

July 2020

Food Share Toronto

Leading While Black

On July 22, we hosted a conversation centred around the experiences of Black leaders, featuring athlete and community organizer, Debbie King; journalist, Tyrone Edwards; former MP, Celina Caesar-Chavannes; Toronto chef and activist, Suzanne Barr; and Victoria City Councilor, Sharmarke Dubow for a conversation moderated by journalist and activist, Phillip Morgan.

June 2020

Women Don’t Do That

In the interview with Celina Caesar-Chavannes, we discuss racism. Where we are, where we need to go and what YOU can do to help get us there.

We also discuss life after politics and other important issues, such as mental health. It’s an important talk about the hard stuff, dive in and let’s listen and grow together!

Your Morning with host Ben Mulroney

The former Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes talks about her experiences with racism on Parliament Hill and what needs to change n Canada in the midst of the 2020 global pandemic and racial unrest.

Policy Options Magazine

Policy solutions for combatting systemic racism have long been identified. Now government needs to act, and be held accountable for its promises.

The Herley Burley

For the first part of the show today, we welcome Celina Caesar-Chavannes. Ms. Caesar-Chavannes is the former MP for the riding of Whitby, serving as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for just over a year, and then Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development.

In March 2019 she announced that she would not seek re-election in the next election, and 18 days later she was sitting as an Independent in the House of Commons.

We’re gonna talk about all of that, plus Ms. Caesar-Chavannes’ work in equity and inclusion and the aggressions and micro-aggressions she experienced as a Black woman working on Parliament Hill.

Refinery 29 Canada

Black Lives Will Still Matter Tomorrow — But Will You Still Care?

Havergal College

Former MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes visited Havergal College Grade 12 Canadian and International Politics students on June 1, 2020.

Beginning with the story of how she got into politics, Celina also answered student questions about the protests against anti-Black racism, women in politics, narratives, and being your authentic self.

April 2020

The Race, Health & Happiness Podcast, Episode 2

Live interactive session with Dr. O with Celina about staying healthy in a time of global COVID19 pandemic; Celina’s journey to finding her place at the professional table; the importance of “showing up” for herself and her community; and how she learned to tap into the strength of her inner child.

February 2020

Global News

Former MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes is spending the month speaking about black history. That includes her personal experiences and the work required to create equitable communities.

January 2020

Refinery 29 Canada

Why I Said No To The Job of a Lifetime & Yes To Myself

The power to walk away, to say no, to never settle, comes with a deep understanding of who you are and what you bring to any situation or organization.

When I no longer felt valued, or that the value I brought was appreciated, it was easy to walk away.

December 2019

Celina sits down with Marci Ien and answer 10 Questions for #ByBlacks

Mark & Jem in the Morning

Interview with Chatelaine 2019 Woman of the Year Celina Caesar-Chavannes talking #CDNPoli #CelinaNext

Celina has a one word response when someone says that a Black woman’s hair is “too Black”.

November 2019

The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

Keynote Address: The Berlin Wall @30: A Call to Action

A Keynote Address by Celina Caesar-Chavannes (former Canadian Member of Parliament) at the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 – From the Divided to the City of Freedom The 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Wall (Berlin; November 6th – 10th, 2019)

October 2019

Durham Women’s Network

re:Create Top 10 Ways to be a Bold Woman

On the Path with with Cheryl Nembhard

Season 2, Episode 2: Guest MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes

Beyond excited to introduce my next guest, a woman who truly needs no introduction: MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes.

Fresh off of her impactful + inspiring 4-year term in Parliament, I sit down w/ the Powerhouse herself to discuss what she learned about herself + others, her hope for the future, and so much more!

August 2019

Jamaican Canadian Association for Dr. Julius Garvey

Celina Caesar-Chavannes’ speech at the Jamaican Canadian Association for Dr. Julius Garvey’s visit.

The Black community needs to continue to push our government to do better. Challenging our government is not an indictment, it is an opportunity to do better.

June 2019

The Hill Times

The Hill Times’ managing editor Charelle Evelyn sits down with Independent MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Indigenous Reconciliation Group CEO Rose LeMay, and former Harper government senior adviser Alykhan Velshi to talk about race and politics.

The Hill Times hosts the discussion from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Check out our website.

Salon International de la Femme Noire

10 Lessons speech given by Celina Caesar- Chavannes at the Salon International de la Femme Noire. Merci pour la prix Viola Desmond 2019.

May 2019


Not My Cup of Tea: Leaving Politics and the Liberal Party Behind

Celina Caesar-Chavannes, once one of Justin Trudeau’s star MPs, left the Liberal caucus, saying she’d lost faith in the prime minister. Further, she’s announced she won’t be running in the fall election.

Nam Kiwanuka speaks to her about her time in office, the struggles of political life, and what she thinks of the current federal government.

December 2017

Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health

As a Black woman, I felt it my responsibility to speak out about my mental illness. Thank you to the Champions of Mental Health Parliamentarian Award from the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health.

September 2017

CTV News

“I will continue to rock these braids.” MP Speaks Out on Body Shaming.

A viral moment I will not soon forget.

May 2017


What’s Your Story: MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Whitby

Thank you Emily Mills and her company How She Hustles for the opportunity to share my story.

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