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Ep 28: Elections are not the time for serious issues

The BC Liberals and BC NDP have released their platforms but will they hold the weight of their supporters’ ambitions? The federal Liberals have released their draft cannabis act but is it more than a lot of hot smoke? And a clip from our interview with BC Greens Communications Coordinator Ryan Clayton. Make sure to check out This is Lotusland for the whole interview.

Segment 1: Two feet high and made of wood

Segment 2: Liberals reach new highs

Quick Takes

Ep 27: Teflon Clark and David Eby

The BC Ombudsperson released a report into the BC Government’s decision to fire eight key Ministry of Health employees in 2012. Will this scandal stick to Teflon Christy Clark?

Next, the provinces have finally agreed a free trade agreement with the federal government. Will Canada finally be a free market oasis?

Then we take a look at the politics around Trump’s decision to launch missiles at Syria this week.

Finally, as our special treat, we have about half our our interview with NDP MLA David Eby. Catch the full recording soon on a special crossover episode with This Is Lotusland.


Ian’s perfunctory socialist push-back on “Vimyism”

Segment 1 – Failing to make healthy decisions

Segment 2 – A deal 150 years in the making

Segment 3 – The Trumpire Strikes Back

Quick Takes

We’d actually recorded more quick takes but Ian’s phone stopped recording for the last 15 minutes so we cut it back significantly. Here are the stories we covered (plus some we planned to).

Ep 26: The Greens in Mouseland

The Vancouver Housing Reset Report, the BC Greens have some policy and a New Conservative Dinner Party.

Segment 1 – Hitting the housing reset button

Vision Vancouver has released a new report that looks at the housing crisis and how to fix it. We take a look at how it holds up and question some of its terminology.

Segment 2 – Weaving a platform

The BC Greens are slowly but steadily trickling out a platform that shows they’re about more than just hugging trees. But what’s really in there and will it be enough to differentiate the party from the two big voices?

The Story of Mouseland:

Ian’s extra note: After we recorded this, I saw Vaughn Palmer’s alternate take on the Green’s environmental platform. He argues it’s significantly different than the NDP’s. Since I edited this episode, I stand by my analysis for the most part.

Segment 3 – The Right kind of Conservative

Scott Gibson’s “Confessions of a self-loathing Tory” column in Maclean’s is sparking renewed conversation about launching a new Conservative Party, or at least dinner parties toward that goal.

Quick takes

Ep 23: BC does have one campaign finance law

A massive story this week in The Globe and Mail demonstrates that BC does actually have at least one campaign finance law – and it may have been broken in BC. What will this mean for the BC Liberals and will they fix it next week?

Then, we delve into a series of stories about efforts to point the blame and provide patchwork solutions to the Vancouver housing crisis. Will any of them actually work?

Finally, a boatload of quick takes in what was a pretty eventful week in Canadian politics.

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BC political fundraising

Vancouver housing crisis

Quick takes

Ep 22: One giant Leap

And they’re off! Three candidates are in and two to three more are expected. We take a look at who’s in the race to succeed Tom Mulcair and lead the federal NDP. As part of that discussion, we get into the rules of the race, what Guy Caron’s Basic Income idea is all about and whether the Leap Manifesto will come up again.

Then we look at Trudeau’s recent trip to BC and his latest comments on marijuana legalization and drug policy reform.

Finally, we close the show with some quick takes.

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NDP Leadership Race

Trudeau visit

Quick takes