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Ep 100: Live at The Belmont ft Shannon Waters

BC Today’s Shannon Waters joins us for our 100th episode live show!

We talk about what the legislature’s been up to over the summer and what’s coming up this fall. Then we get into Maxime Bernier’s decision to split from the Conservative Party of Canada to launch a new party. Then we have quick(ish) takes on Christy Clark’s podcast reemergence and who the best BC cabinet members are. And we close off with some audience Q&As.

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Ep 99: Conservative diversity ft Stewart Prest

Next week, join us at The Belmont in Vancouver for our episode 100 live show at 7pm on August 23. RSVP on Eventbrite

Fires, statues and Conservatives – with political scientist @StewartPrest.

BC is on fire, again. We break down whether this is the new normal and how we can derive some hope for better politics in an emergency.

Then we get into the statue debate set off in Victoria where the city council decided quickly to remove a statue of Canada’s first Prime Minister John A Macdonald from outside city hall. At the same time Justin Trudeau is reportedly discussing creating a new statutory holiday for Reconciliation.

For our main segment, we look at the latest eruption between Maxime Bernier and Andrew Scheer, as well as a preview of the Conservative Party Convention. It looks like the nativist and anti-immigrant sentiments are picking up in the party and social issues are coming back to the fore.

Plus our usual quick takes.

Ep 100 live show

We’ll be at The Belmont on Thursday, August 23 at 7pm. Hope to see you there!

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Links/Notes

Segment 1: Smaugust

Segment 2: John A comes tumbling down
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Segment 3: Whither the Conservatives?
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Quick takes
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Ep 98: Too dumb for democracy ft David Moscrop

We talk about David Moscrop’s (@David_Moscrop) upcoming book: Are we too dumb for democracy?, Jagmeet Singh’s decision to run in Burnaby South and the war of words between Saudi Arabia and Canada. Plus our usual quick takes.

This episode went long so we’ve cut parts down for our main feed. Sign up for our Patreon to hear the full episode.

Ep 100 live show

We’ll be at The Belmont on Thursday, August 23 at 7pm. Hope to see you there!

RSVP for our ep 100 live show!

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Links/Notes

Feedback from Mac Lockhart on electoral reform:

Your guest called AV majoritarian and STV proportional, but AV is actually just a special case of STV in which the quote is 50%+1 and the districts are of size 1. I tweeted about this, but this is why STV really shouldn’t be considered PR and should be seen as a member of the broad threshold category that includes plurality and majoritarian systems. Majoritarian and proportional refer to goals – AV and STV try to generate results that account for deeper preferences using ranked ballots and some for of threshold while PR systems aim for PR.

Ireland isn’t a good case study for how many independents are elected because the constituencies are so small and politics are so local there. If we want to know whether STV will induce independents, we’d want to do some complex analysis that no one would care about, but we could do!

It’d be good to point out that every system will likely affect the party system so more people will throw votes at non-major parties. Lot’s of research shows the major parties will likely fracture or at least shrink. Hard to imagine the BC Lib coalition would exist under more proportional systems. So the idea that the BC conservatives wouldn’t pick up some seats or a further left party or Christian Heritage seems unlikely.

Denmark and Iceland just use list PR with districts smaller than the national level. It’s not at all like Rural/Urban where a different system is used across the two.

Canada has never used FPTP at every level of government since Vancouver uses the poorly named multi-member plurality (MMP but not that one). We just don’t used ranked ballots or PR.

Segment 1: Too dumb for democracy?

Segment 2: JagMeet Burnaby’s likely new MP
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  • Jagmeet Singh to run in Burnaby

Segment 3: War of Saud
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Quick takes
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Ep 97: A Fair Vote for PR ft Keith Poore

Fair Vote Canada’s Keith Poore (@KeithPoore) joins us to break down the upcoming proportional representation referendum, and what MMP and Rural Urban Proportional Representation are.

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Segment 1: What’s going on with PR

Quick takes
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Ep 96: A premiere Premier’s Meeting

Canada’s premiers meet in New Brunswick, but did they accomplish anything? And a shooting in Toronto prompts a national outcry for gun reform. Plus quick takes on pipelines, Site C and more.

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Segment 1: Premier’s Meeting

Segment 2: Gun debate
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Quick takes
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Best of bcpoli
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