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Ep 30: No one puts Andrew in the corner

The first head-to-head-to-head debate of the 2017 BC Election happened yesterday and we’re here to break down who won, who lost, who hulked out and who politely raised his hand. Then, we touch on housing policy in Ontario and the surprise call for a UK election. In our last segment, we have an interview with Victoria Beacon-Hill Green Party candidate Kalen Harris that pulls back the curtain on how campaigns operate.

Segment 1: Talking over the talking points

Segment 2: Wynning the housing market

At 37:45

Segment 3: Anarchy in the UK

At 43:46

Bonus segment: Kalen Harris interview

At 56:50

Quick Takes

At 1:15:34

Ep 29: YPP and Libertarians and Economists Oh My!

A special midweek election bonus episode for you. Ian & Scott sat down on Sunday evening with the leaders of Your Political Party and the BC Libertarians. Then Ian sat down in Victoria with University of Victoria economist Lindsay Tedds to break down the economics of the platforms that have been released to date.

Links

Your Political Party

BC Libertarian Party

@LindsayTedds

Ep 28: Elections are not the time for serious issues


The BC Liberals and BC NDP have released their platforms but will they hold the weight of their supporters’ ambitions? The federal Liberals have released their draft cannabis act but is it more than a lot of hot smoke? And a clip from our interview with BC Greens Communications Coordinator Ryan Clayton. Make sure to check out This is Lotusland for the whole interview.

Segment 1: Two feet high and made of wood

Segment 2: Liberals reach new highs

Quick Takes

Ep 27: Teflon Clark and David Eby


The BC Ombudsperson released a report into the BC Government’s decision to fire eight key Ministry of Health employees in 2012. Will this scandal stick to Teflon Christy Clark?

Next, the provinces have finally agreed a free trade agreement with the federal government. Will Canada finally be a free market oasis?

Then we take a look at the politics around Trump’s decision to launch missiles at Syria this week.

Finally, as our special treat, we have about half our our interview with NDP MLA David Eby. Catch the full recording soon on a special crossover episode with This Is Lotusland.

Links

Ian’s perfunctory socialist push-back on “Vimyism”

Segment 1 – Failing to make healthy decisions

Segment 2 – A deal 150 years in the making

Segment 3 – The Trumpire Strikes Back

Quick Takes

We’d actually recorded more quick takes but Ian’s phone stopped recording for the last 15 minutes so we cut it back significantly. Here are the stories we covered (plus some we planned to).

Ep 26: The Greens in Mouseland


The Vancouver Housing Reset Report, the BC Greens have some policy and a New Conservative Dinner Party.

Segment 1 – Hitting the housing reset button

Vision Vancouver has released a new report that looks at the housing crisis and how to fix it. We take a look at how it holds up and question some of its terminology.

Segment 2 – Weaving a platform

The BC Greens are slowly but steadily trickling out a platform that shows they’re about more than just hugging trees. But what’s really in there and will it be enough to differentiate the party from the two big voices?

The Story of Mouseland:

Ian’s extra note: After we recorded this, I saw Vaughn Palmer’s alternate take on the Green’s environmental platform. He argues it’s significantly different than the NDP’s. Since I edited this episode, I stand by my analysis for the most part.

Segment 3 – The Right kind of Conservative

Scott Gibson’s “Confessions of a self-loathing Tory” column in Maclean’s is sparking renewed conversation about launching a new Conservative Party, or at least dinner parties toward that goal.

Quick takes