Ep 06: Doubling down on deficits

The Trudeau government has doubled down on deficits in its latest fiscal update. Ian & Scott look into what’s in the document and what it means. Next, it’s been a year since Trudeau took office. What have they accomplished and what is the state of Canada’s opposition parties? Finally, in the quick takes, we look at Michael Chong’s carbon tax plan, the new Senate appointments and the BC Conservatives are once again eating themselves.


DD 01: Electoral Reform

Ian and Scott sit down with Jackie from Leadnow to discuss electoral reform in the first of our monthly Deep Dive episodes where we examine a single topic in detail. We examine the current reform efforts in Canada, the systems under consideration and other tweaks for how Canadians vote. The Liberals promised in their 2015 platform “that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system.” We discuss their promise and the progress they have made. Systems under consideration are:


Finally here’s the testimony given at Meeting No 42 ERRE – Special Committee on Electoral Reform on Oct 21st.

Ep 05: 99 Red Walloons

Did the Canada-Europe trade just get torpedoed by an obscure region of Belgium? Wallonia is being blamed by Canada’s Minister on International Trade for making agreement on the CETA deal impossible. With the Conservatives throwing mad shade, what will the Liberals do on the trade file?

Also, Michael Chong presents his democratic reform proposals, which look much like his earlier democratic reform proposals. The Liberals face criticism over cash-for-access meetings and young workers literally turn their back on Trudeau. Finally, the Green Party of BC is attracting some talent in New Westminster.

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Ep 04: You’re Fired!

Ian & Scott are joined by Micah to discuss all things politics, both in BC and across the Canada. In this episode they discuss the firing of the Vancouver School Board, reactions to the third US presidential debate, the Supreme Court of Canada appointment, new BC leadership candidates for the federal Conservatives and NDP, Trudeau’s backing away from electoral reform and a bridge to the sunshine coast.

Buckle in, this is a long one. And apologies for the lower sound quality on this one, we had to record over Skype and using our b-studio.


Ep 03: Trumpster Fires

Ian & Scott delve into a post second presidential debate review even as the Trump campaign meltdown shows no signs of abating. They also respond to some of the feedback on carbon pricing, the state of the Conservative Party of Canada’s leadership race, Uber’s lobbying the BC government, Trudeau’s Bombardier Bailout, the Tsawwassen Mills chaos, an update on CETA the Canada-EU free trade deal, falling Vancouver house prices and the start of the next election campaigns in Yukon and Sechelt.

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