Ep 16: The O’Leary Factor

Sick of President Trump already? Let’s talk about who everyone’s calling Canada’s Trump instead: Kevin O’Leary! Yes, he’s finally entered the Conservative Party leadership race, but will he get eaten in the shark tank? Next, a real newspaper – The New York Times even – noticed BC politics. Will their expose on BC’s “Kafkaesque” fundraising rules swing the election? And Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on a storytime tour to connect with real Canadians but seems to only be running from gaffe to gaffe. Will this harm his next term?

And in our quick takes, we look at a lawsuit launched by First Nations groups against the Kinder Morgan pipeline, a Mainstreet poll showing Gregor Robertson is the least popular mayor out of 10, a curious shakeup in the military and whatever the hell is going on in Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party leadership race.

All this and more on this week’s PolitiCoast.


The O’Leary Factor

Someone noticed us!

Trudeau storytime

Quick takes

Ep 15: Trudeau’s friends with benefits

Trudeau shuffles his cabinet to to get burned by the Washington dumpster fire. The Prime Minister’s ethics are questioned after revelations of a secret vacation with a family friend, the Aga Khan who also runs a nonprofit receiving government funding. The Prime Minister’s flight to the island on Khan-Air likely broke the Conflict of Interest Act. The BC government gives approval to Kinder Morgan with additional conditions. Department of Finance projects deficits until 2055. Focus groups conducted by the Federal Government hint at possible, Netflix taxes, “moonshots” and air and sea port privatization on the agenda for 2017. Richmond decides to ban Airbnb but doesn’t know how. Finally BC election nominations as “bear rescuer” Bryce Casavant becomes the NDP challenger to Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver and independent Vicki Huntington, decides not running again.

All this and more on the latest PolitiCoast. Please make sure to subscribe and rate us.


Ep 14: Fall Finale

Ian and Scott share their thoughts on events of 2016 and what they will be watching for in 2017.

Topics discussed include:

  • Trump
  • Brexit
  • Rise of the Alt Right
  • Trudeau’s First Year
  • Federal Leadership Races
  • BC 2017 Election

For the final segment of the year, podcast recommendations:


CBC The House

Macleans On The Hill


Brief Remarks


The Docket

British Columbia:

 Coast Reporter

Left at the Valley

America and General Interest:


538 Elections

Opening Arguments


Planet Money

From all of us at PolitiCoast Happy New Year!

Ep 13: Make ethics great again

Fundraising scandals continue to plague the Trudeau Liberals, particularly as new controversy surrounds the Trudeau Foundation. Next, Micah calls in to add a legal take on BC NDP leader John Horgan’s claim that the federal government would have to invoke the notwithstanding clause to force the Kinder Morgan Pipeline through. Then we take another look at the state of the Conservative leadership race, Christy Clark’s new home loans program, the City of Vancouver’s decision to use a new property tax levy to tackle the overdose crisis and the federal government’s study into expanding access to assisted dying.

Lots to cover in our second-to-last episode for 2016. Join us next week for our year-in-review fall finale!


Ep 12: Rachel Notley comes to town

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley comes to BC to win support for the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. The Trudeau Liberals launch MyDemocracy.ca, yet another tool to consult Canadians on electoral reform, this time to wide ridicule on social media. Then Ian & Scott discuss cash for access controversies and the dark side of Alberta politics.