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Ep 69: Minimum wage and War of Plates potpourri

UBC economics prof Kevin Milligan takes our questions on the minimum wage debates. Plus a potpourri of topics from spending in the Vancouver byelection to the latest survey of British Columbians thoughts on Site C and proportional representation to the ongoing War of Plates between Alberta and Saskatchewan. And we close off with our picks from the best of #bcpoli this week.

Make sure to share the best Tweets this week with #bestofbcpoli

One more new feature this week: We’re going to feature local musicians in our intro. This week we used Adam Bailie’s Let’s Go Shopping.

Also check out Locals Lounge Vancouver

If you want us to feature your music (or someone you know), email Ian at!


Segment 1: Kevin Milligan and the $15 minimum wage

Quick takes
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Best of #bcpoli

Ep 68: Sunset for Mayor Moonbeam

Mayor Gregor Robertson announces he will not be seeking reelection this year, so this means more municipal coverage in 2018.

Meanwhile, Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer is probably hoping Senator Lynn Beyak would take an early retirement from the Senate as she continues to cause problems for him, even after being ejected from caucus for posting racist emails on her website.

In our quick takes, we look at the BCNDP’s decision to increase the homeowner grant threshold, what it means the Michael Lee allegedly signed up the most members in the BC Liberal Leadership race, the new No BC Proportional Representation Society, Bill Morneau’s good news from the ethics commissioner and the first signs we may lose NAFTA this year.

Finally, we end with a brand new segment: The best of #bcpoli where we highlight some of the best Tweets on our radar from the past week. Nominate future tweets with #bestofbcpoli

This week’s inro music: Vancouver by Ligia Oancea
Best of BC music from: Canada Geography Song


Segment 1: Gregor’s off to a happier planet

Segment 2: The Senate’s racist relative
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Quick takes
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Best of BC Poli
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The PolitiCoast Star Wars Holiday Special

Star Wars is known for its giant space battles and galactic storylines. In this holiday special, Ian & Scott are joined by Joe Fulgham to break down the politics and the military strategy & tactics of the Star Wars Universe. From the Galactic Republic and Clone Wars of the prequels to the Empire and Rebellion of the original trilogy to the New Republic, First Order and Resistance of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Spoilers for The Last Jedi abound!


Title theme is from Star Wars and copyright of Lucasfilms/Disney (used under fair dealing) and the outro is Princess Leia’s Life Day Song from the Star Wars Holiday Special.

Our full, unedited conversation is available for Patrons.

Ep 67: The 2017 Finale

PolitiCoast celebrates the end of 2017 with a look back at the year that was and some predictions for 2018. Along with some comments on the recent CMHC/Statistics Canada housing data, Conservatives facing nomination battles and Trudeau’s hot water over his last Christmas trip.

Note: Our recorder filled up around the start of the #bcpoli retrospective, so we re-recorded it but forgot to hit record. Luckily third time’s a charm but it meant we were exhausted by the end of this marathon recording session.

Special intro music: Deck the Halls by The HoHoHos! CC-BY-NC-ND


Ep 66: Of dams and beers

A mega-episode for a mega-project!

First we talk about the approval of the Site C dam with Dan Woynillowicz, the policy director for Clean Energy Canada. Then we’re joined by PolitiCoast legal commentator Micah to talk about the Comeau “free the beer” case at the Supreme Court of Canada. Plus our usual roundup of quick takes.



Segment 1: Horgan’s Big Dam Decision

Segment 2: Chief Justice of the Beer Court
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Quick takes
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