PolitiCoast

Ep 24: Tinkering with the rules

The Trudeau Liberals are proposing some changes to the way the House of Commons functions. Ian & Scott look at whether these will improve civility or stifle opposition. Then, Christy Clark’s bill to solve BC’s fundraising scandals is out and it’s somewhat underwhelming. What really was the point of this? And we look at the state of the NDP leadership race following their first debate – or, more accurately, group icebreaker.

Finally, big news this week as we announce our partnership with TheDarkHorse.Report This new Vancouver-based blog looks to make politics more accessible and already has a nice poll aggregator to keep up with the upcoming BC election. Check it out, where you can find our latest episodes and more great analysis.

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Changing the rules of the game

Doing nothing is something

Agree to Agree

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.

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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

Quicktakes

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.

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The O’Leary Factor

Someone noticed us!

Trudeau storytime

Quick takes