Month: February 2017

DD 02: Conservative Leadership Race

Fourteen enter but only one will emerge victorious. Who has what it takes and who’s an also ran? Ian and Scott take a deep dive into the Conservative Party of Canada’s leadership race and whether it’s worth joining the party just to block Kevin O’Leary and Kellie Leitch from becoming leader.


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Eric Grenier’s Q4 2016 fundraising analysis

Ep 21: The forget me not budget

It’s an election year so that means the BC Liberal’s budget is all about tax cuts and spending increases. Who wins and who loses and what will the opposition do?

Next, we look at the sad state of the BC Conservative Party and wonder how a party can survive on 45 Twitter followers.

And in our quick takes, a BC-federal health deal, Vancouver votes to file a judicial review to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline, 1940s houses gain heritage designations, five federal by-elections are called, the BC Greens introduce a bill to permit ride-sharing and Charlie Angus enters the NDP leadership race.

All this and more on PolitiCoast.


Ep 20: Playing with fire

The final throne speech before the BC election has come out but we’re left wonder, are the BC Liberals just running on cruise control? With nearly every Conservative leadership candidate tripping over themselves to be the most opposed to denouncing Islamophobia, we delve into whether the Conservatives are courting the dark forces by stoking debate over M-103. Then, did Trudeau actually do anything other than shake Donald Trump’s hand when he was in Washington? And some quick takes as always.

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Segment 1: Hot air from the big chair

Segment 2: Islamophobiaphobia

Segment 3: The handshake heard around the world

Quick takes

Ep 19: Alternative Hacks

Why are BC’s political parties so incompetent? Christy Clark spent much of the week claiming the NDP hacked her website when really, the BC Liberals probably just didn’t update their WordPress plugins.

Meanwhile, Micah comes back to discuss the return of the Court Challenges Program (sorry for the audio quality Micah!) and we discuss what the census data mean for federal representation and the Vancouver housing bubble.

And quick takes on the TPP, Bombardier bail-outs, more bad arguments against electoral reform, OAS report and a new Campaign Research poll.


Podcast recommendations

Segment 1: Alternative Hacks

Segment 2: Sue Trudeau for free!

Segment 3: Counting Canucks

Quick takes

Ep 18: RIP Electoral Reform

Our first segment: Ding dong, electoral reform is dead. We all sort of expected a long, slow process, but Trudeau seems to have given it a compassionate assisted death (which is legal now). Will this egregious promise breaking bite the Liberals? Was there possibly a more unceremonious way they could have killed this? In our second segment we examine the what’s in the BC NDP’s Climate Plan (or more appropriately, what isn’t) and how they sprung a leak.
Finally, we offer our new, even quicker takes on how fast the federal government is spending infrastructure money, Vancouver media downsizing, fundraising numbers in the Conservative leadership race, an undignified departure of an undignified strategist and tweaks to the foreign buyers tax.

All this and more in the latest episode of PolitiCoast!

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Segment one: Electoral Status Quo

Segment two: Carbon leaks