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Ep 103: It’s not the people’s People’s Party

Maxime Bernier’s launched his new party: The People’s Party of Canada and everyone’s already made the requisite PP jokes. Meanwhile in Ontario a court ruling invalidated Doug Ford’s attempt to halve the size of Toronto’s City Council, so naturally he is invoking the Notwithstanding Clause to overrule the courts. And one former BC premier decided to weigh in with her thoughts on the matter.

Everything is seriously normal in Canadian politics.

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Segment 1: Maxime unveils his PP

Segment 2: If at first you don’t succeed, invoke Section 33
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Quick takes
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Ep 102: We’re not international trade experts

We check in on Canada’s desperate attempts to save NAFTA and how BC’s paper industry narrowly avoided massive US tariffs.

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Links/Notes

Segment 1: Putting the No in North American Free Trade Agreement

There’s plenty of coverage of NAFTA out there and it’s changing constantly. Here are just a couple links we relied on or referred to.

Quick takes
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Ep 101: Rabid dog days of summer

In this episode, we talk to our resident legal analyst Micah Goldberg (@micahgoldberg) about BC’s lawsuit against big pharma, the Federal Court of Appeal’s ruling crushing the TransMountain pipeline expansion and the Sasquatch case. Then we look at what happened at the federal Conservative convention and we talk about how partisan we should be when a controversial figure like John McCain dies. Plus our usual handful of quick-takes.

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Links/Notes

Segment 1: Court cases

Segment 2: Milking the Conservative Convention
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Segment 3: Death in Politics
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Quick takes
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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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