Christy Clark has announced she’s resigning as leader of the BC Liberals – and she did it while we were editing our most recent podcast! So Ian & Scott are back to look forward to what this means for the future of the BC Liberal Party and the state of politics in the province.
BC’s new government is ten days old, how are they doing? Then we sat down for an interview with NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton to discuss her bid. Finally, we give quick takes on Vancouver & Burnaby housing stories, the ongoing Alberta United Conservative Party going ons and Trump’s decision to ban trans people from the military.
Note that as we recorded this, the US Senate was voting on the healthcare bill, so we cut our discussion of that and as we were editing it, Christy Clark announced her resignation, so we don’t discuss that.
You can also find the full interview with Niki Ashton on our Patreon page.
- Government of BC ministerial mandate letters
- David Eby deals with ICBC revenue issues and Kinder Morgan pipeline
- Petronas cancels Pacific Northwest LNG project (that we discussed in episode 1!)
- Niki Ashton’s campaign website
- Vancouver launches affordable rental pilot project
- Burnaby passes Metrotown plan
- Alberta conservative parties both vote 95% for merger
- Backgrounder on Trump trans military ban & US military response
BC has a new government and another new cabinet. How did our predictions stack up and how has John Horgan handled his first few days as the first NDP premier in BC in 16 years?
Then, we sat down with UBC economics Professor Tom Davidoff to talk all things housing, including how he got 50 economists to agree on something!
Make sure to subscribe to our Patreon to hear the full interview with Prof Davidoff at www.patreon.com/politicoast
- Who’s in the new cabinet and some of them you should know
- BC Liberals complain about GreeNDP secretariat
- Horgan’s response to fires
- @TomDavidoff and Davidoff’s blog
- Beedie submits new 105 Keefer plans
- Vancouver developers to pay more
- Mayor pitches density plan
- Canada might violate cannabis treaties
- Drew Brown’s take on Trudeau’s Spotify playlist
- Trump team announces NAFTA goals
- Aussie Senator resigns after learning she’s Canadian
Ryan joins us again on this episode to take a look at Canada’s new governor general, the role itself and some of the history behind it. Then we look at who might make the cut in the first BC NDP cabinet in 16 years and our usual quick takes.
Correction: In the second segment Ryan mistakenly suggests Rob Fleming was part of the NDP caucus to push for Carole James’ resignation. Sorry for this mistake.
The dust is finally settling after the 2017 BC election and the next NDP government is starting to take shape. Trudeau is in hot water over a $10.5 million apology to Omar Khadr, but did he have any other choice? And what’s going on in the NDP leadership race?
Segment 1: Meggs in line
- Background on Geoff Meggs
- On the “Kingsway NDP Mafia”
- Possible timeline of the new BC government
- NDP can push 3/4s of its agenda through executive & budget
Segment 2: A controversial apology
Segment 3: And then there were four