PolitiCoast

Ep 25: Red ink is expensive


The Trudeau Liberal’s 2017 budget is out. Did they manage to find enough red ink to get it printed in time?

Next, the Conservative leadership race is embroiled in another scandal as over 1300 inappropriately signed up members are struck from the party’s list.

Then a quick dive into Alberta politics as we catch up on how Jason Kenney is making waves in the province.

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Innovate the middle class

Phantom members

Jason Kenney’s Wild Rose Ride

Quick takes

bc conservatives bridge plan

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

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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

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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

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