PolitiCoast

PolitiCoast

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A Canadian politics podcast from the West Coast.


196: BC to WE
Jul 3 • 76 min
(Reuploaded with correct audio – sorry!) BC Today’s Shannon Waters returns to talk about covering the legislature as it returns in a hybrid format. We also tease out some of what’s expected to come over the remainder of the summer session. Then we look at…
195: Phase 3 brings the bills
Jun 26 • 55 min
Phase 3 reopening means the Legislature is back, but still mostly remotely, with a plethora of bills. We look at what the latest developments in the hostage taking of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor mean for Canada and our relationship with China and…
194: The sin of calling someone racist
Jun 19 • 51 min
One MP stood in the way of a motion that would condemn racism in the RCMP and launch a review of its expenditures. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh called that MP, Bloc House Leader Alain Therrien, a racist and Singh was subsequently thrown out of the House of…
193: Defund the BCPP
Jun 12 • 61 min
As #DefundThePolice becomes the rallying cry of recent protests, we take a brief look at the history of policing in Canada and BC, how police are governed in the province today and the possibility of reform going forward. Check out our partner: BC Today…
192: Black BC Lives Matter with Stephanie Allen
Jun 5 • 64 min
Hogan’s Alley Society co-founder Stephanie Allen joins us to talk about Black history in BC, racism past and present, police brutality and possible paths forward. Plus in quick takes we look at political fundraising numbers, support for residential &…
191: COVID Pharma Politics
May 29 • 62 min
Pharmacist Sasha Maleki joins us to talk science and pharmaceutical politics during COVID-19. Plus the latest on Canada-China relations, long-term care, Andrew Weaver’s meltdown and the return to the legislature. Check out our partner: BC Today is the…
190: A scientist runs for Green leader w Dr Amita Kuttner
May 22 • 48 min
Dr Amita Kuttner is a British Columbian astrophysicist running for the leadership of the Green Party of Canada. We talk to them about their candidacy, the Greens’ science policy and how they’d achieve electoral success. Plus quick takes on the return of…
Bonus: Lindsay Tedds on basic income during COVID-19 paper
May 21 • 43 min
A new paper from BC’s Basic Income Task Force has been published today in the School of Public Policy Paper Series titled “Considerations for Basic Income as a COVID-19 Response”. We had a chance to read the paper and speak to Professor Lindsay Tedds of…
189: My baby doesn’t have a job yet
May 15 • 54 min
David Eby releases a report on how ICBC’s financials are faring amidst the pandemic and the answer is…complicated. The latest job numbers are out and they’re clearly bad but perhaps a report from the emerging economy taskforce will provide a path to a new…
188: Trudeau comes for some of your guns
May 8 • 51 min
Premier John Horgan has announced the province’s (careful) plan to Restart BC. Trudeau uses an order-in-council to reclassify various firearms as prohibited. And further uncertainty over the tentative agreement between the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs…
187: The railroad to normalcy
May 1 • 57 min
Politics continues in a pandemic as MPs meet virtually for the first time and all the media wants to talk about are the views of each MP’s home that we got a glimpse at. Then we look at the steps various (non-BC) provinces have announced to reopen their…
186: Clearing the COVID air
Apr 24 • 65 min
The Mayor’s Council has dire warnings about the state of Translink if ridership remains low and its revenue sources have largely evaporated. Will the province and federal government step up? And multiple poultry processing plants in BC and meat plants in…
185: Where was Andrew Wilkinson?
Apr 17 • 58 min
BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson asked on This Is Vancolour “Where is John Horgan?” But where has Andrew Wilkinson been? More to the point, how do his criticisms of the BC NDP’s economic response compare against reality? Plus a look at how politics is…
184: Political Decisions in a Time of Crisis
Apr 10 • 67 min
David Moscrop, political scientist and Washington Post columnist, returns to discuss how we make political decisions in a time of crisis, whether our institutions are up to the task, and what comes after. Check out our partner: BC Today is the daily…
183: To mask or not to mask?
Apr 3 • 69 min
Dr Rob Tarzwell (@Rob_Tarzwell) is a psychiatrist and nuclear medicine specialist and has been helping distill the scientific debates around COVID-19 for lay audiences. He’s a cohost of the new Viral Transmissions weekly streamed update. He joins Scott to…
182: Money printer go brrr
Mar 27 • 76 min
We’ve successfully sabotaged the economy on a global scale and hopefully we did it fast enough to save enough lives and our healthcare system. Labour economist Kevin Milligan (@kevinmilligan) joins us once again to break down the federal and provincial…
181: Politics & Pop Culture at FanExpo with Pop This!
Mar 20 • 60 min
We’re joined by Andrea Warner and Lisa Christensen of Pop This! podcast at Fan Expo Vancouver on February 15 to talk politics and pop culture. Our conversation touched on Parks & Recreation, Star Trek, Real Housewives and Star Wars. Check out Pop This!…
180: Flatten the curve
Mar 13 • 41 min
The only thing on anyone’s minds in the latter half of this week has been the novel coronavirus COVID-19. We review the current (as of March 12, 2020) state of the virus in BC and the latest advice from BC’s Chief Public Health Officer and the Public…
179: The rights agreement
Mar 6 • 64 min
Carole James and Rich Coleman are leaving politics, David Eby unveils the ICBC overhaul bill and the speculation tax is called sexist. In our main segment, Canada, British Columbia and the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs reached a tentative agreement on…
178: Reconciliation is dead, long live reconciliation
Feb 28 • 64 min
Alberta wins a carbon tax ruling but loses out on Teck Frontier Oil Sands. Canadians are souring on protests over the Coastal GasLink pipeline, while the pipeline faces some regulatory challenges. Plus BC stands up for access to medical assistance in…
177: Stay the Course, Budget Edition
Feb 21 • 71 min
It is Budget Week in BC. Shannon Waters from BC Today guest co-hosts to discuss a stay the course budget, what an economic strategy document says about how the province views cities and the latest developments in the dispute between the Wet’suwet’en…
176: Protesting the Throne
Feb 14 • 45 min
Solidarity protests with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs erupt across British Columbia and Canada. The Government was able to present its Speech from the Throne, which largely stayed the course the NDP has been plotting. Matthew Naylor fills in for…
175: The Fault In Our Insurance
Feb 7 • 59 min
The BC Government announces an overhaul of ICBC, bringing in no fault insurance and setting up a showdown with the trial lawyers. Yoga troubles reveal an off balance MacKay campaign. Check out our partner: BC Today is the daily newsletter dedicated…
174: BC also stands for birth control
Jan 31 • 58 min
Sonia Furstenau joins the race for leader of the BC Greens and other bcpoli stories, an interview with AccessBC for free birth control and does the next Conservative leader needs to be bilingual. Check out our partner: BC Today is the daily newsletter…
173: A new deal MAID
Jan 24 • 64 min
The federal government is looking to change Canada’s assisted dying laws following a Quebec court decision finding a part of it to be unconstitutional (which many, many people told them). But will the expanded access come with new barriers? As USMCA…
172: Tax time on the Expo Line
Jan 17 • 70 min
UBC economist Kevin Milligan (@KevinMilligan) joins us for a deep dive into income taxes. Along the way we look at the Liberal and Conservative plans from the last election, wealth taxes and negative income taxes. Andrew Weaver announced he’s leaving the…
171: All eyes on Iran
Jan 10 • 52 min
First, we look at the the ongoing protests over the Coastal GasLink LNG pipeline by the hereditary chiefs of five Wet’suwet’en clans who claim the lands as their traditional territories. Then we look at the state of the tensions between the US and Iran…
170: Is Harperism dead and other thoughts on the decade
Jan 3 • 60 min
Stewart Prest joins us to look back and look ahead at the big shifts in politics over the past decade and the one before us. Follow @stewartprest
169: 2020 Vision
Dec 21, 2019
For our last episode of 2019 (yes, we’re taking next week off) we look back at our predictions and the highlights for the last year and give some thoughts about 2020. Then we catch up on who’s in and who’s out of the race to replace Andrew Scheer. Plus…
168: Scheexit
Dec 13, 2019 • 50 min
Andrew Scheer quits as Conservative Party leader as we learn that he was using party funds to put his kids through private school. Statistics Canada has released a report on the first year of cannabis sales and BC did poorly. And forestry workers on…
167: Together in a vague, somewhat forward direction
Dec 6, 2019 • 53 min
The first Throne Speech of the 43rd Parliament may not have contained much new but we’ll see if there’s enough to keep Trudeau’s government afloat. Sam Cooper breaks the story for Global News that former BC Liberal MLA Richard Lee was detained in China…
166: Conventional oppositions
Nov 29, 2019 • 56 min
A look at the BC NDP’s convention and end of the 2019 legislative session; how the federal Conservative and NDP leadership teams are shaping up; and why Victoria’s AggregateIQ is attracting international attention. Check out our partner: BC Today is the…
165: Down to the wire
Nov 22, 2019
The BCNDP are rushing to get a bevvy of bills passed before the legislature rises next week. And in Ottawa Trudeau announces who’s in and who’s out of the new Cabinet. Check out our partner: BC Today is the daily newsletter dedicated exclusively to BC…
164: What do the BC Liberals stand for in 2019?
Nov 15, 2019 • 49 min
We look at the preliminary platform of the BC Liberals. Plus a look at the growing number of Senate groups, what that means for Trudeau’s ability to pass legislation and a possible fix Canada could adopt from the UK. Check out our partner: BC Today is the…
163: Live at VanPodFest 2019
Nov 9, 2019 • 51 min
We’re joined by comedian Katie-Ellen Humphries to (once again) recap the 2019 federal election. This episode was recorded Live at the Vancouver Podcast Festival. We also discuss Elizabeth May’s resignation, Scheer surviving his leadership review and the…
162: Prairie Alienation
Nov 1, 2019 • 45 min
Alberta and Saskatchewan continue to be the focus of federal politics but does Western Alienation really apply to British Columbia as well? And what will the current round of efforts to placate the prairie demands mean for the West Coast? Live show…
161: A minor election
Oct 25, 2019 • 60 min
The results are in and the Trudeau Liberals were returned with a Strong, Stable Minority Government ™ . Ian returns from parental leave to break down the results with Scott. Plus a bunch of stuff is happening in BC. Live show announcement: See us at the…
160: Promises and Platforms
Oct 18, 2019 • 81 min
In our final pre-election episode, we break down platforms of the four main national parties. The Cambie Report’s Matthew Naylor returns to discuss the highlights and lowlights of the platforms and what they tell us about the state of Canadian politics.…
159: It’s Debatable
Oct 11, 2019 • 78 min
Call the Question’s Maria Dobrinskaya returns to discuss the Legislature’s busy first week and what effect the debate will have on the election. Check out our partner: BC Today is the daily newsletter dedicated exclusively to BC Politics. Sign up for a…
158A – A Lot Can Happen on a Friday
Oct 5, 2019 • 12 min
On this addendum to Episode 158 Scott breaks down the two big news stories that broke after recording Ep 158, the resignation of Minister of Citizen Services Jinny Sim and the Conservative Party dropping their candidate in Burnaby-North Seymour. Check out…
158 – Back to the Leg
Oct 4, 2019 • 91 min
BC Today’s Shannon Waters returns to discuss the Legislature’s return, why loggers and small towns are mad at the government, and what to make of the federal election campaign at the halfway mark. Check out our partner: BC Today is the daily newsletter…
157: #FakeStraws
Sep 27, 2019 • 70 min
Erin Rennie returns to the podcast to discuss the Climate Strike and the lastest in the federal election. Check out our partner: BC Today is the daily newsletter dedicated exclusively to BC Politics. Sign up for a free two-week trial and listen to the…
156: The Trudeau Scandal
Sep 20, 2019 • 50 min
The Cambie Report’s Matthew Naylor joins the podcast to discuss the blackface scandal enveloping the Liberal reelection campaign and the latest in the Woodchipper Saga. Check out our partner: BC Today is the daily newsletter dedicated exclusively to BC…
155: Writs Are Dropping Like They’re Hot
Sep 13, 2019 • 61 min
BC Today’s Shannon Waters guests to discuss the start of the federal election and the latest news from the BC government. Check out our partner: BC Today is the daily newsletter dedicated exclusively to BC Politics. Sign up for a free two-week trial and…
154: How Many Greens Are There?
Sep 7, 2019 • 51 min
Stewart Prest joins Scott to break down the BC Utility Commission’s inquiry report on gas prices and kerfuffle between the NDP and the Green Party over 14-ish former New Brunswick NDP candidates. Check out our partner: BC Today is the daily newsletter…
153: Ian’s going to sit out this awful election
Aug 30, 2019 • 56 min
Ian and Scott go through the latest pre-election news before Ian takes off on parental leave. But before that they also answer listener questions in an extended AMA lightning round. Check out our partner: BC Today is the daily newsletter dedicated…
152: Calling the Question on SNC
Aug 23, 2019 • 55 min
Call the Question’s Maria Dobrinskya and Lesli Boldt join us to talk about whether climate change is a partisan issue, the Liberals closing down the ethics committee again and whether politicians can change their mind. Check out our partner: BC Today is…
151: SNC Thanks for nothing DPPSC
Aug 16, 2019 • 36 min
A new report from the Ethics Commissioner finds Justin Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act by pressuring former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to grant a deferred prosecution agreement to engineering giant SNC-Lavalin. Then we take a…
150: Chocolate milk is good live show
Aug 9, 2019 • 89 min
We’ve made it to 150 episodes! Thanks to everyone who’s listened, shared and donated to help make this show what it is. Special thanks as well to BC Today for their continued support. For our 150th live show, we recorded with Nicola Spurling and Zoe Ferry…
149: Self-entitled jerks
Aug 2, 2019 • 39 min
Speed cameras are now active at five intersections across Metro Vancouver and another 30 are on the way. Should the federal election be moved to accommodate a Jewish holiday? And the province passes the buck to the federal government to crackdown on…
148: Intersectional disasters
Jul 26, 2019 • 34 min
A new climate risk assessment for BC paints a bleak picture of our future. Plus there’s lots to catch up on from the latest federal appointments, TransMountain news, procurement news and BC’s most successful consultation ever. Get tickets for our August 8…
147: Cascadia Rail
Jul 20, 2019 • 38 min
We look at the business case for a high speed train from Vancouver to Seattle and Portland. Plus, BC’s finances are in good shape and the Conservatives and NDP fall prey to pseudoscience. Make sure to get tickets for our August 8 live show at…
146: We need a climate mobilization with Seth Klein
Jul 12, 2019 • 59 min
Policy researcher and writer Seth Klein joins us to talk about the book he’s working on that argues we need for a World War 2 level societal mobilization to tackle the climate crisis. Plus our usual round up of quick takes. Check out our partner: BC Today…
145: Alan Mullen’s summer road trip
Jul 6, 2019 • 23 min
The legislature has risen for the summer but there was one more meeting of the Legislative Assembly Management Committee or LAMC. Despite fireworks earlier in the year, the committee seems to have largely returned to its more boring character but a few…
144: Now we can build some transmission lines
Jun 28, 2019 • 42 min
John Horgan and Jason Kenney faced off in Edmonton at the Western Canadian Premiers meeting and the result was more dad jokes. So instead of fireworks, we look at what they agreed on and what else has been happening across the country. Check out our…
143: If everyone’s mad at you, you must be doing something right
Jun 21, 2019 • 62 min
The world is burning but don’t worry, the Liberals have approved the TMX pipeline and the Conservatives have A Real Plan for climate change. Also the NDP have a platform they’d really like you to read. We have an extra few minutes on the Conservative…
142: The pharmacare election
Jun 14, 2019 • 34 min
We dig into the federal government’s bold report on pharamacare and speculate whether the Liberals will actually commit to implementing this plan. Plus, the PBO says we need to double the carbon tax, the Senate is being difficult and the BCTF clashes with…
141: It’s not the size that matters
Jun 7, 2019 • 50 min
The federal NDP released its climate plan. It’s bigger than the Greens but is it better? But first, we look at the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls. Finally, our quick takes on the Northern Sea Wolf…
140: The Michael Scott approach to Legislature management
May 31, 2019 • 68 min
The BC Legislature’s spring session ends with a new round of fireworks as the BC Liberals accuse Speaker Darryl Plecas of stealing hard drives in the middle of the night and calling former Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin “stupid.” Plus the BC NDP’s…
139: How green are the Greens?
May 25, 2019 • 55 min
With growing electoral success across the country, the Green Party of Canada dropped its climate action plan: Mission: Possible. We invite political scientist Stewart Prest (@StewartPrest) back for a deep dive into the plan and what we’d each want to see…
138: The Leg needs a liquor policy
May 17, 2019 • 56 min
Two reports into money laundering lead up to the launch of an official public inquiry. The Legislature spending scandal is also back with former Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin’s report into the allegations of misconduct against the Clerk and…
137: #TeamTrudeau vs the Defence Establishment
May 10, 2019 • 41 min
The Greens take Nanaimo-Ladysmith in a byelection upset. The government drops its case against Mark Norman and Darryl Plecas muses about the leadership qualities of Donald Trump and the Hell’s Angels. Check out our partner: BC Today is the daily…
136: No one gets any oil anywhere
May 3, 2019 • 57 min
A federal byelection is happening in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, gas is expensive as Kenney and Horgan face off over who will turn off the taps first and the BC NDP rolls out labour law reforms. Matthew Naylor (@naylor4x) sits in for Scott this week. Check out our…
135: King of the Island
Apr 26, 2019 • 55 min
BC Today’s Shannon Waters (@sobittersosweet) fills in for Scott this week and helps recap the past few months of BC politics. Then we look at the PEI election results with reactions from Vancouver Green Councillor Adriane Carr. Check out our partner: BC…
134: For the UCP 1+1=2.2
Apr 19, 2019 • 52 min
Ian takes the main part of the episode to ramble about the recent Alberta election and what it means for BC with some interjections from Scott. Plus our usual quick takes. Thanks to Cambie Report‘s Matthew Naylor for the intro tune. Check out our partner:…
Debate: Is social media destroying democracy?
Apr 17, 2019 • 105 min
Thanks to SFU Public Square for allowing us to share the audio from their recent debate. Here’s their information: Is Social Media Destroying Democracy? A Debate on Social Media in the Age of Disinformation Democracy, the fundamental idea that an…
133: Social media is bad
Apr 12, 2019 • 60 min
In an effort not to let the scandal that’s been plaguing his government for months die, Justin Trudeau has threatened the Official Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer with a libel lawsuit. Meanwhile, ousted Liberal MP Jane Philpott accused the Prime Minister…
132: The BC Liberals score a win
Apr 5, 2019 • 59 min
The NDP lose their first vote as the BC Liberals possibly set a new precedent for how speakers will break ties in the Legislature. The party’s financial situations paint a rosy picture for the NDP, however, and a bleak one for the Liberals. On the SNC…
131: What are they, the Alberta NDP?
Mar 29, 2019 • 54 min
Ridehailing is coming to BC… eventually. LNG is really coming though. And of course SNC continues to engulf the Prime Minister’s Office. Finally, women in the BC Legislature protest for the #RightToBareArms Check out our partner: BC Today is the daily…
130: David Moscrop wrote a book
Mar 23, 2019 • 82 min
Recorded over beers at Big Rock Urban, we talk to friend of the pod, David Moscrop, about his new book Too Dumb For Democracy. We also look at the federal budget and the litany of news around the SNC Lavalin affair. Plus our usual quick takes. And let us…
129: Civil asset forfeiture
Mar 15, 2019 • 72 min
The BC Government is looking to make it easier for the government to take your stuff. We talk to the BCCLA’s Counsel (Policy) Meghan McDermott about why that is bad. Plus, another week of updates to the SNC Lavalin affair. And quick takes on Brexit and BC…
Emergency Pod: Erosions of trust
Mar 7, 2019 • 8 min
Scott reacts to Trudeau’s morning press conference. Sorry for the repost. We had to repost a few updates following some updates with our server.
128: No criminal behaviour, that’s the standard?
Mar 7, 2019 • 61 min
Yes, more SNC Lavalin drama as former PMO Principal Secretary Gerald Butts speaks his truth to the Justice Committee and PCO Clerk Michael Wernick returns for round two. Then, we welcome back friend of the pod and lawyer Micah to break down the recent BC…
127: Some light interference
Mar 1, 2019 • 52 min
More SNC drama as Jody Wilson-Raybould delivers an explosive testimony at the Justice Committee. Meanwhile three federal byelections deliver few interesting results but we’ll break them down anyway. Oh and Andrew Wilkinson thinks renting is just a “wacky…
126: Darryl throws shade
Feb 22, 2019 • 61 min
The 2019 BC Budget is out to the luke-warmest of receptions. Meanwhile at LAMC, Speaker Darryl Plecas straight out calls the Clerk and Sergeant-at-Arms liars. And in the ongoing l’affaire SNC, Gerald Butts is out as Trudeau’s principal secretary. Check…
125: Rookie mistakes
Feb 15, 2019 • 59 min
The Vancouver Sun released a copy of the Clerk and Sergeant-at-Arms replies to Darryl Plecas’ report last week but that news was basically buried by the return of the Legislature and the Speech from the Throne. We dig into all of those goodies. Then, we…
124: The data piggy bank is running dry
Feb 8, 2019 • 36 min
How much money did each of BC’s political parties raise in 2018? Not much relative to the Wild West days. We look at what that means going forward for each of the parties and whether a damning report on party’s data practices might further impede their…
123: Don’t believe everything you hear on Mainstreet
Jan 31, 2019 • 30 min
The Nanaimo byelection results are in and they’re exactly what everyone expected. Plus, follow up on Plecas’ report on legislature misspending, continuing Canada-China tension and a couple other quick takes.Full show notes at politicoast.ca Check out our…
122: The alleged truckload of alcohol
Jan 25, 2019 • 65 min
Darryl Plecas dropped his laundry list of concerns that led to the dismissal of the Clerk and Sergeant-at-Arms last November and it’s all anyone in bcpoli is talking about, so it’s basically all we’re going to talk about. Check out our partner: BC Today…
121: No press conferences at the Burnaby Library
Jan 18, 2019 • 55 min
Karen Wang is out as the Liberal candidate in the Burnaby South byelection following comments on WeChat but she’s still mulling a comeback. Trudeau also used the past week to mix up his cabinet. And Brexit continues to be a mess. In our quick takes we…
120: BC isn’t woke
Jan 10, 2019 • 59 min
Scott’s back with his take on why the PR referendum failed. We catch byelection fever. And we dip our toes into discussing the ongoing protests by the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs against an LNG pipeline. Check out our partner: BC Today is the daily…
119: Apparently it wasn’t too close to call
Jan 5, 2019 • 53 min
Right after we finished recording our last episodes for 2018, Elections BC generously released the results of the electoral reform referendum showing that British Columbians had chosen first past the post over any of the proportional representation…
118: 2018 End of Year Extravaganza
Dec 28, 2018 • 72 min
What a year in BC politics. We jump back to our predictions from ep 67 and see how well we did. Then we go month-by-month through our catalogue of episodes in 2018 and look at the major highlights. And we finish by making some big, bold and probably…
117: A bridge too far
Dec 20, 2018 • 58 min
The study on the George Massey Tunnel replacement has come back with a report recommending further study. But first, Ian speaks to BC Green Party House Leader Sonia Furstenau about her parties’ successes in 2018 and what she’s looking forward to working…
116: Canada’s Archduke Ferdinand situation
Dec 14, 2018 • 63 min
First, we talk about the latest in the ongoing legislative drama embroiling Speaker Darryl Plecas, the Clerk and Sergeant-at-Arms. Is Plecas all huff and no puff or will we see his laundry list in January? Time will tell. Then we have an interview with…
115: Bad Ass Bowinn Ma
Dec 7, 2018 • 45 min
Ian interviews North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA and Parliamentary Secretary for Translink Bowinn Ma. But first, we give you a bit of the audio from Darryl Plecas at the recent Legislative Assembly Management Committee Meeting. Listen to the full audio here.…
114: Chaos closes the legislature
Nov 30, 2018 • 57 min
The scandal over the dismissal of the Clerk and Sergeant-at-Arms continues this week, while the legislature also closes out with the NDP rushing through a number of bills in two days. Political scientist Stewart Prest (@stewartprest) subs for Scott this…
113: Never a dull moment in BC politics ft Shannon Waters
Nov 23, 2018 • 76 min
It’s been one of the wildest weeks in BC politics, so we’ve brought back BC Today’s Shannon Waters to help us understand what led up to and has happened since the Clerk and Sergeant-at-Arms were put on administrative leave. Plus we look at the various…
112: Proportionally known unknowns
Nov 16, 2018 • 54 min
John Horgan has taken closed list MMP off the table, but what’s the difference between an open and closed list system? Plus we check in on how Brexit is going, spoiler alert: not great. Check out our partner: BC Today is the daily newsletter dedicated…
111: How woke is PR?
Nov 9, 2018 • 34 min
John Horgan and Andrew Wilkinson square off to debate proportional representation and the results were something… We give our hot takes immediately following the debate live from The Drive Coffee Bar in East Van. Plus, Ian speaks to Jenelle (@cakebot)…
110: John picked a date
Nov 2, 2018 • 60 min
Trudeau calls one byelection but snubs Jagmeet Singh and Burnaby South, while voters in Nanaimo will be looking at a provincial (and maybe? federal byelection) soon. Controversies continue to surround the proportional representation referendum as we…
109: The Great Canadian Club Electoral Reform Debate
Oct 26, 2018 • 59 min
Proportional representation: A fairer vote or the path to chaos? How should British Columbians choose their elected officials? That question is being put to the province this fall as the current first-past-the-post electoral system is put against three…
108: Taxing houses, jobs and weed
Oct 19, 2018 • 39 min
The BC NDP introduced legislation to create the housing speculation tax and to replace the MSP premiums with an employer health tax this week. And already they’ve agreed to a few tweaks to the speculation tax from the BC Greens. Cannabis was also…
107: Policy Pop-Up
Oct 12, 2018 • 38 min
We speak to Alyson Tan, founder of Policy Pop-Up, a new effort to engage millennials in conversations about complex policy issues that are in the news. Then we look at BC’s Auditor General’s latest report on tax expenditures, why the homebuyer credit is…
106: Back to the Leg ft Shannon Waters
Oct 6, 2018 • 63 min
BC Today’s Shannon Waters joins us again to talk about the first week back in the legislature this fall, the province’s big LNG announcement and USMCA. We’re moderating a proportional representation debate! Hosted by the Canadian Club at the Terminal City…
105: David Eby for the record
Sep 29, 2018 • 51 min
Scott speaks to BC’s Attorney General David Eby about the money laundering inquiry and the upcoming fall session. Check out our partner: BC Today is the daily newsletter dedicated exclusively to BC Politics. Sign up for a free two-week trial and listen to…
104: All smoke and no stores
Sep 21, 2018 • 39 min
The Conservatives gain a new MP through a surprise floor crossing from the Liberals. BC is going to have one single cannabis store open on October 17 but you’ll have to drive to Kamloops to visit it. But first, we respond to feedback around Doug Ford’s…
103: It’s not the people’s People’s Party
Sep 15, 2018 • 45 min
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…
102: We’re not international trade experts
Sep 7, 2018 • 36 min
We check in on Canada’s desperate attempts to save NAFTA and how BC’s paper industry narrowly avoided massive US tariffs. Check out our partner! Check out our partner: BC Today is the daily newsletter dedicated exclusively to BC Politics. Sign up for a…
101: Rabid dog days of summer
Aug 31, 2018 • 60 min
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…
100: Live at The Belmont ft Shannon Waters
Aug 24, 2018 • 96 min
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…
99: Conservative diversity ft Stewart Prest
Aug 17, 2018 • 88 min
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…
98: Too dumb for democracy ft David Moscrop
Aug 10, 2018 • 78 min
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…
97: A Fair Vote for PR ft Keith Poore
Aug 3, 2018 • 57 min
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. Check out our partner! BC Today is the daily newsletter dedicated…
96: A premiere Premier’s Meeting
Jul 27, 2018 • 51 min
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. Check out our partner! BC Today is the daily newsletter…
95: Fishy business
Jul 21, 2018 • 91 min
Ian’s back from vacation so we have a full show to catch up on everything bcpoli. First, we talk all things salmon with BC Green MLA Adam Olsen. Then catching up on BC politics we look at Greyhound’s decision to pull out of Western Canada, the BC…
94: Sean Graham’s Dual Member Proportional
Jul 12, 2018 • 31 min
We spoke with Sean Graham, the creator of dual member proportional, one of the systems on the upcoming BC electoral reform referendum ballot. Find out more about DMP and follow @Sean_Gra Check out our partner! BC Today is the daily newsletter dedicated…
93: One simple trick to solve student housing
Jul 6, 2018 • 27 min
We spoke to Patrick Meehan about a report he wrote for the Alliance of BC Students detailing a simple solution to student housing and how it’s resulting in thousands of new spaces for next to no cost to the government. Read the report here.
92: BC is part of a crime syndicate
Jun 28, 2018 • 39 min
BC’s casinos are being used to launder money by the millions. Ian speaks to BC’s Attorney General David Eby about the shocking details in the Dirty Money report by Peter German. Plus we look at the latest updates in the upcoming campaign for the PR…
91: Dogwood Benefits for TWU
Jun 21, 2018 • 73 min
We dive into the MSP Task Force report with Lindsay Tedds and play part of an interview with The Docket’s Michael Spratt and BC Humanist Association pro-bono counsel Wes McMillan on the Supreme Court of Canada’s TWU decision. Plus a litany of quick takes…
90: Bernier was on a break
Jun 15, 2018 • 63 min
MLA Leonard Krog announces a run for Mayor of Nanaimo but will only resign his seat if he wins. Maxime Bernier gets kicked out of Andrew Scheer’s shadow cabinet for continuing to question supply management. And Ian speaks with the Out of Left Field crew…
89: Potpourri pipelines and Ontario election hot takes
Jun 8, 2018 • 39 min
A grab-bag of bcpoli news including pipelines, electoral reform and more. Plus we end with our first reactions to the Ontario election results as they broke. Check out our partner! BC Today is the daily newsletter dedicated exclusively to BC Politics.…
88: Wars of trade and electoral reform
Jun 3, 2018 • 70 min
Canada and the USA go to war over steel, maple syrup and toilet paper. Meanwhile details emerge about BC’s fall electoral referendum and we check in on the state of the Ontario election with TVO’s John Michael McGrath. Check out our partner! BC Today is a…
Emergency Podcast: Canada buys Trans Mountain pipeline
May 29, 2018 • 23 min
The Government of Canada announced it will drop $4.5 billion to buy the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline, will provide a loan to restart construction immediately and will fund the project to completion if it has to before selling it off. It’s a big deal…
87: A very litigious week
May 25, 2018 • 40 min
Rachel Notley uses the Western Premiers Meeting to try again to make the case for the Transmountain Pipeline while BC files suit against her Bill 12. Kinder Morgan also won two more lawsuits while they face another. Then, we turn our attention to the…
86: Emails in the pipeline
May 19, 2018 • 36 min
The BC NDP are in hot water for deleted emails by senior staff and cabinet ministers. And the federal government looks to indemnify the Kinder Morgan pipeline from BC judicial actions. Check out our partner! BC Today is a brand new daily newsletter…
85: A year for the books with Jillian P Stead
May 11, 2018 • 80 min
Jillian P Stead (@JillianPStead), of the new podcast Majority of BC, joins us to look back at the year since the fateful 2017 BC election. Check out our partner! BC Today is a brand new daily newsletter dedicated exclusively to BC Politics. Sign up for a…
84: Buzz off Davidoff
May 4, 2018 • 45 min
The rich are in revolt and some are calling for UBC to censor economist Tom Davidoff. So we brought Tom back to walk us through the school tax and how he’s coping. Plus we look at David Eby’s decision to cancel a town hall and Mike Harcourt’s decision to…
83: Breaking Betty
Apr 27, 2018 • 44 min
The Government has filed its reference question with the BC Court of Appeal and dropped its new cannabis legislation. One question that we’re still waiting for is the electoral reform referendum, and it’s sounding like we’ll have to wait until the fall…
82: The drain the swamp model of the constitution
Apr 20, 2018 • 68 min
The Supreme Court of Canada has returned its ruling in the Comeau beer case, so we invited Micah back on the show to help us break it down. That leads us into the constitutional questions that surround the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline. Finally we…
81: Pipeline pause puts provinces in a pickle
Apr 13, 2018 • 53 min
The Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline debate finally exploded. Kinder Morgan announced a pause on all non-essential construction and will cancel the project by May 31st if it doesn’t extract guarantees from the federal and provincial governments.…
80: A Matter of Confidence
Apr 5, 2018 • 58 min
Rob Shaw and Richard Zussman are authors of the new bestseller A Matter of Confidence, which tells the stories behind the headlines from the end of the Gordon Campbell era through to the inauguration of John Horgan. Find out more about the book and where…
79: “Shoot the mayor in the head and burn down houses” – A look at Nanaimo politics
Mar 30, 2018 • 74 min
Carole James announces updates to the speculation tax that will see fewer people charged less tax but it will raise the same amount of money. Then we dive into Nanaimo politics with Jesse Woodward to find out why a city councillor was charged with assault…
78: The new LNG champion
Mar 23, 2018 • 43 min
The BC NDP announced a wave of new LNG subsidies to try to do what the Clark Liberals couldn’t: Make LNG work in BC. Then BC has a connection to the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data breach. Plus quick takes on polls and new gun laws (and more). We didn’t…
Cambie Report Ep 01: Elections are weird
Mar 18, 2018 • 63 min
Note: This is the first episode of Cambie Report, the new Vancouver Politics podcast featuring Ian from PolitiCoast, and Patrick and Matthew from Pod Keep Our Land. Enjoy the first episode and if you like it, leave a review on iTunes and subscribe at…
77: Horgan blocks World Cup bid
Mar 15, 2018 • 37 min
John Horgan’s NDP effectively killed Vancouver’s chance to be a part of the 2026 FIFA World Cup: Was it an epic save or an own goal? Then we follow up last week’s conversation with a look at the results of the Ontario PC leadership contest. It was a mess…
76: What the heck Ontario?
Mar 9, 2018 • 100 min
John Michael McGrath of TVO’s The Agenda on Politics joins us to break down what the heck has been going on in Ontario politics for the past couple weeks as we careen toward the Ontario PC Leadership race this weekend. Then BC Today’s Shannon Waters talks…
75: We budgeted more time for budgets
Mar 2, 2018 • 52 min
We heard you liked our last episode on the BC budget so we followed it up with even more budget takes! We start with more followup reactions to the BC Budget before diving into the federal government’s Equality + Growth 2018 Budget. Plus a few quick takes…
Municipal Election Announcement
Mar 1, 2018 • 2 min
Hi everyone, Scott de Lange Boom here with a special announcement. I will be running for Vancouver City Council and will be seeking the NPA’s nomination. I wanted to give our loyal listeners the news first. It is because of our listeners and patreon…
74: Baby’s first budget
Feb 23, 2018 • 70 min
Ian’s note: The title for this episode was meant as a (weak) joke about the BC NDP’s Childcare plan (it puts babies first, get it?), and not in anyway an attempt to undermine the credibility of Finance Minister Carole James or any women in politics. I’m…
73: An affordable throne
Feb 16, 2018 • 70 min
The BC NDP’s spring Throne Speech aimed to quell anxiety over unaffordable housing but how much substance did it contain? The BC Liberals won the Kelowna West byelection in one of the least exciting races to date. And Micah calls in to give us the update…
72: Wine pipelines
Feb 9, 2018 • 74 min
A BC politics heavy podcast this week: The BC Liberals have a new leader but how much is he just like the old leaders? Alberta stops importing BC wines after BC puts a moratorium on diluted bitumen shipments, prompting Scott to have an aneurysm. We check…
71: Lieutenant Governoring the youth
Feb 2, 2018 • 30 min
Ian flies solo for this week’s short edition. First he talks with Ranil Prasad about the Vancouver Youth Parliament, then some follow up on more political fallout from allegations harassment across Canada. Finally, some quick takes and a look at the…
70: #MeToo comes to Canadian politics
Jan 26, 2018 • 57 min
Pod Keep Our Land’s Erin Rennie joins us to talk about the spate of political resignations this week following different sexual misconduct allegations. Leaders of the Progressive Conservative parties in Ontario and Nova Scotia stepped down, as did Liberal…
69: Minimum wage and War of Plates potpourri
Jan 19, 2018 • 65 min
UBC economics prof Kevin Milligan takes our questions on the minimum wage debates. Plus a potpourri of topics from spending in the Vancouver byelection to the latest survey of British Columbians thoughts on Site C and proportional representation to the…
68: Sunset for Mayor Moonbeam
Jan 12, 2018 • 49 min
Mayor Gregor Robertson announces he will not be seeking reelection this year, so this means more municipal coverage in 2018. Meanwhile, Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer is probably hoping Senator Lynn Beyak would take an early retirement from the…
The PolitiCoast Star Wars Holiday Special
Jan 2, 2018 • 76 min
Star Wars is known for its giant space battles and galactic storylines. In this holiday special, Ian & Scott are joined by Joe Fulgham to break down the politics and the military strategy & tactics of the Star Wars Universe. From the Galactic Republic and…
67: The 2017 Finale
Dec 22, 2017 • 76 min
PolitiCoast celebrates the end of 2017 with a look back at the year that was and some predictions for 2018. Along with some comments on the recent CMHC/Statistics Canada housing data, Conservatives facing nomination battles and Trudeau’s hot water over…
66: Of dams and beers
Dec 15, 2017 • 95 min
A mega-episode for a mega-project! First we talk about the approval of the Site C dam with Dan Woynillowicz, the policy director for Clean Energy Canada. Then we’re joined by PolitiCoast legal commentator Micah to talk about the Comeau “free the beer”…
65: Is it a Better BC with David Moscrop
Dec 8, 2017 • 80 min
Byelection fever strikes BC as we preview Monday’s federal byelection in South Surrey-White Rock and the newly announced provincial byelection in Kelowna West. Then we look back at John Horgan and the BC NDP’s first term in office with friend of the pod…
64: The Docket in Short Pants Crossover
Dec 2, 2017 • 57 min
Ian’s back in Ottawa this week so we have a double-crossover episode! First up, apologies to the LGBTQ community and the new Supreme Court of Canada pick with Michael Spratt & Emilie Taman of The Docket. Then Bill Morneau death watch and secret votes on…
63: Justin McElroy kills your nostalgia
Nov 24, 2017 • 79 min
From the federal and municipal governments we get housing plans upon housing plans, but how do they stack up? Then, we chat with Justin McElroy about how he decided to pit all Canadian TV against one another and whether Kids in the Hall or Mr Dressup will…
62: Underway with challenges
Nov 16, 2017 • 44 min
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released his report card on how he thinks he’s doing. Prof Lindsay Tedds joins us again to dive into the MSP Task Force and we come back to the TPP and Peacekeeping. Buy tickets to CANADALAND Commons live show taping for…
61: Minister of Silly Names
Nov 10, 2017 • 75 min
Unparliamentary language is threatening our democracy in BC but thankfully Darryl Plecas is there to save us from such profanity. Plus, what does peacekeeping even mean anymore, particularly in light of Ukraine’s request that the UN intervene on their…
60: Stephen Carter rants
Nov 6, 2017 • 65 min
Stephen Carter, former co-host of The Strategists podcast and president of QED Marketing Inc, joins us in Vancouver to rant about Alberta politics.
59: The Vancouver Special
Nov 3, 2017 • 87 min
The BC Utilities Commission has delivered its verdict on the state of the Site C Dam. Why Vancouver needs electoral reform with Keith Poore of 123Vancouver and our interview with newly minted councillor Hector Bremner. Find the full interviews on our…
58: David King’s IDEA for Alberta education
Oct 27, 2017 • 73 min
Bill Morneau has a bit of good news this week as he announces smaller than projected deficits, which means the Liberals can continue spending on new and expanded programs. Then we speak to former Alberta Education Minister David King about his new…
57: The Mayor’s secret party of disappointment
Oct 20, 2017 • 53 min
The results of the Vancouver byelection are in and not even 11% of Vancouverites bothered to vote. Nevertheless, Ian and Scott can surely overanalyze these results to tell you who wins in 2018. Then we get into the BC NDP and Greens battle over…
56: How not to sell a tax plan
Oct 13, 2017 • 42 min
We finally get around to talking about the Liberal’s small business tax changes and then we look at how BC casinos are being used for money laundering by organized crime. Links Vancouver byelection * Voting details * Abundant Housing Vancouver…
55: Vancouver decides – Hashtag socialism or Hector the Connector?
Oct 7, 2017 • 75 min
Our extended take on Thursday night’s Housing & Homelessness Forum as part of the Vancouver council byelection. Then we look at Jagmeet Singh’s win in the NDP leadership race and the BC NDP’s first steps to an electoral reform referendum. Plus a roundup…
Bonus Pod: Vancouver Byelection Housing & Homelessness Forum
Oct 6, 2017 • 132 min
We recorded the October 5, 2017 West End Housing & Homelessness Forum as part of the coverage of the 2017 Vancouver Byelection. The debate was moderated by UBC Economist (and past guest of the show) Tom Davidoff and Law Professor Margot Young. It was…
54: More leadership races means more content
Sep 29, 2017 • 33 min
We have candidates but we don’t have an agreed hashtag yet, so can we really call it a leadership race? In any case, Scott phones this one in (literally from Kingston) in a shorter episode looking at the initial state of the BC Liberal leadership race and…
53: John’s allowance
Sep 22, 2017 • 60 min
Big corporate money is out and big government money is in for BC politics. But is John Horgan’s allowance for political parties a good or bad thing? Ian & Scott debate it out. Then Ian speaks with BC Civil Liberties Association Executive Director Josh…
DD 03: NDP Leadership Race
Sep 18, 2017 • 84 min
Our Deep Dive look at the NDP leadership race. Make sure to go back to Episode 45 for our interview with Niki Ashton and the clip on Patreon from the Burnaby JagMeet & Greet. Links * NDP Leadership page including videos * Charlie Angus * Niki Ashton * Guy…
52: Tedds takes on the budget update
Sep 14, 2017 • 51 min
The BC NDP has released its budget update, so we brought back Prof Lindsay Tedds to bring a tax-economics eye to the discussion. Plus our usual quicktakes. Links * The budget update * @LindsayTedds * Campaign finance bill coming next week * Parks…
51: Betrayal!
Sep 9, 2017 • 67 min
The Legislature is back in session and we’ve already seen sparks fly – within the BC Liberal party! Plus we check in on the state of the Vancouver byelections with a who’s who of the candidates in the race. Thanks to University of Victoria’s School of…
50: The Live Show!
Sep 1, 2017 • 124 min
Our live show turned into an extended edition! In the first forty minutes, we talk to political scientist David Moscrop about the ongoing John A MacDonald naming controversies and the NDP leadership race. In the remainder of the show, we welcome the crew…
49: Evan Balgord on right wing extremism
Aug 25, 2017 • 75 min
Evan Balgord, freelance journalist for CANADALAND and Torontoist, joins us to talk right wing extremism and anti-Muslim bigotry in BC and across Canada. Then we catch up on a smorgasbord of stories from BC and federal politics. Don’t forget to join us…
48: Countering white supremacy
Aug 18, 2017 • 72 min
Ian and Scott are back together to catch up on all things BC and Canadian politics. Then they discuss the upcoming anti-racist march in Vancouver with two of the organizers of the rally. The interview starts at 34:08. Find details for the rally on…
47: Ian’s Ottawa Adventure
Aug 11, 2017 • 69 min
Ian’s in Ottawa this week so we have a special episode with two interviews. First, Ian spoke with Evidence for Democracy Executive Director Katie Gibbs about the politics of science in Canada. Then, we have a clip from the latest episode of The Docket,…
46: Lindsay Tedds
Aug 4, 2017 • 55 min
We spoke with University of Victoria professor Lindsay Tedds about all things taxes and economics and then a quick listen to some of the highlight policies from Jean Swanson’s candidacy announcement for Vancouver City Council. @LindsayTedds @teamjean2017
Emergency pod: Christy Clark resigns
Jul 29, 2017 • 19 min
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…
45: Niki Ashton
Jul 28, 2017 • 89 min
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…
44: Tom Davidoff
Jul 21, 2017 • 64 min
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…
43: Fantasy cabinet
Jul 14, 2017 • 60 min
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:…
42: Politics, the universe and everything
Jul 7, 2017 • 55 min
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…
41: A confident end to the jiggery-pokery
Jun 30, 2017 • 69 min
Christy Clark lost the confidence of the legislature and the Lieutenant Governor has asked John Horgan to be the next premier of BC. We recorded this episode literally as it was happening and are getting it out as quick as possible. We also spoke with…
40: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
Jun 23, 2017 • 69 min
BC has a speaker and a Throne Speech but those ideas sound awfully familiar… Brendan Dawe joins us to talk about Abundant Housing Vancouver. And Micah Goldberg joins us to talk through the Vancouver Aquarium’s lawsuit against the Vancouver Park’s Board.…
39: The Neverending Election
Jun 16, 2017 • 65 min
Yes, we have to talk about the BC election again. Christy Clark announced her cabinet and rumours are flying whether there’s trouble in the GreeNDP paradise. Then we invite Micah back for thoughts on the retirement of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of…
38: Dave’s hot takes
Jun 9, 2017 • 90 min
We sat down with political scientist David Moscrop for this episode to talk about the ongoing BC stalemate, his work an experiences as a pundit and Canada’s new foreign policy. Follow Dave on Twitter at @David_Moscrop or find more links at his website.…
37: Clark’s GreeNDP nightmare
Jun 2, 2017 • 82 min
With the growth we’ve had since launching in October, and particularly following the historic 2017 BC election, we think it’s time to see what we can really do with this podcast. That’s why we’re launching a Patreon page to ask you to help us build this…
36: And the winner is…
May 26, 2017 • 57 min
We finally know the results of the 2017 BC election but we still don’t know who will be able to win the Green Party’s support and form a stable government. Then, we look at the recent dust up between the Vancouver Park’s Board and the Vancouver Aquarium.…
35: Improbable outcomes
May 19, 2017 • 78 min
There’s still lots to talk about in BC politics this week. Who will be Andrew Weaver’s dance partner in the coming months? What’s the state of the Conservative and NDP leadership races? And what does pollster Mario Canseco think about the state of BC…
34: New Conservatives on the Block
May 13, 2017 • 43 min
Because we love you (or at least the sound of our own voices), here’s a bonus episode this week! Here we feature some of Scott Gilmore’s “New Conservatives” dinner party, thoughts of some of the people there and our hot take after. Then we take a quick…
33: Everyone’s a winner!
May 13, 2017 • 64 min
And we thought we wouldn’t have a lot to talk about after the election! Here’s the first of our special double-header this week. In this part we do our first of what’s probably going to become an ongoing series deconstructing what just happened in the BC…
PolitiCoast Live Election Night Part 2
May 10, 2017 • 21 min
The second half of our election night live show! We still didn’t know who won as of 11 PM – the Liberals and NDP were tied at 42 with the Greens holding the 3-seat balance of power (exactly Scott’s projections) – but we recorded some thoughts and took…
PolitiCoast Election Live Part 1
May 10, 2017 • 7 min
The first rough cut from our election night live podcast! Minimal editing so forgive any background noise. Thanks to Yagger’s Downtown for hosting us!
32: I am Linda’s prediction model
May 5, 2017 • 91 min
Special announcement! We have a live election night party coming up at Yagger’s in downtown Vancouver on May 9 at 7 PM. RSVP on Facebook. It’s our final pre-election show! We sit down with Bryan Breguet of www.tooclosetocall.ca to talk polls, election…
31: Hulk Horgan Strikes Back
Apr 28, 2017 • 72 min
Special announcement! We have a live election night party coming up at Yagger’s in downtown Vancouver on May 9 at 7 PM. RSVP on Facebook. Christy Clark, Andrew Weaver and John Horgan squared off in the televised debate. Who won and who lost? The Greens…
30: No one puts Andrew in the corner
Apr 21, 2017 • 84 min
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…
29: YPP and Libertarians and Economists Oh My!
Apr 18, 2017 • 68 min
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…
28: Elections are not the time for serious issues
Apr 14, 2017 • 76 min
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…
27: Teflon Clark and David Eby
Apr 9, 2017 • 54 min
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…
26: The Greens in Mouseland
Mar 31, 2017 • 67 min
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…
25: Red ink is expensive
Mar 24, 2017 • 62 min
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…
24: Tinkering with the rules
Mar 17, 2017 • 62 min
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…
23: BC does have one campaign finance law
Mar 11, 2017 • 58 min
A massive story this week in The Globe and Mail demonstrates that BC does actually have at least one campaign finance law – and it may have been broken in BC. What will this mean for the BC Liberals and will they fix it next week? Then, we delve into a…
22: One giant Leap
Mar 4, 2017 • 57 min
And they’re off! Three candidates are in and two to three more are expected. We take a look at who’s in the race to succeed Tom Mulcair and lead the federal NDP. As part of that discussion, we get into the rules of the race, what Guy Caron’s Basic Income…
DD 02: Conservative Leadership Race
Feb 27, 2017 • 90 min
Fourteen enter but only one will emerge victorious. Who has what it takes and who’s an also ran? Ian and Scott take a deep dive into the Conservative Party of Canada’s leadership race and whether it’s worth joining the party just to block Kevin O’Leary…
21: The forget me not budget
Feb 25, 2017 • 33 min
It’s an election year so that means the BC Liberal’s budget is all about tax cuts and spending increases. Who wins and who loses and what will the opposition do? Next, we look at the sad state of the BC Conservative Party and wonder how a party can…
20: Playing with fire
Feb 18, 2017 • 45 min
The final throne speech before the BC election has come out but we’re left wonder, are the BC Liberals just running on cruise control? With nearly every Conservative leadership candidate tripping over themselves to be the most opposed to denouncing…
19: Alternative Hacks
Feb 11, 2017 • 58 min
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…
18: RIP Electoral Reform
Feb 3, 2017 • 46 min
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…
17: Alternative electoral reform
Jan 28, 2017 • 66 min
What has the first week of Trump’s presidency meant for Canada? Did the government’s MyDemocracy.ca survey find anything useful? It’s time for another edition of PolitiCoast! Links * Tieleman on Clark vs Trump * Ipsos Conservative Party leadership poll *…
16: The O’Leary Factor
Jan 20, 2017 • 50 min
Sick of President Trump already? Let’s talk about who everyone’s calling Canada’s Trump instead: Kevin O’Leary! Yes, he’s finally entered the Conservative Party leadership race, but will he get eaten in the shark tank? Next, a real newspaper – The New…
15: Trudeau’s friends with benefits
Jan 13, 2017 • 61 min
Trudeau shuffles his cabinet to to get burned by the Washington dumpster fire. The Prime Minister’s ethics are questioned after revelations of a secret vacation with a family friend, the Aga Khan who also runs a nonprofit receiving government funding. The…
14: Fall Finale
Dec 31, 2016 • 58 min
Ian and Scott share their thoughts on events of 2016 and what they will be watching for in 2017. Topics discussed include: * Trump * Brexit * Rise of the Alt Right * Trudeau’s First Year * Federal Leadership Races * BC 2017 Election For the final segment…
13: Make ethics great again
Dec 16, 2016 • 60 min
Fundraising scandals continue to plague the Trudeau Liberals, particularly as new controversy surrounds the Trudeau Foundation. Next, Micah calls in to add a legal take on BC NDP leader John Horgan’s claim that the federal government would have to invoke…
12: Rachel Notley comes to town
Dec 9, 2016 • 48 min
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley comes to BC to win support for the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. The Trudeau Liberals launch MyDemocracy.ca, yet another tool to consult Canadians on electoral reform, this time to wide ridicule on social media. Then Ian…
11: Trudeau kerfuffles
Dec 3, 2016 • 56 min
The honeymoon might be over for Justin Trudeau as his government announces its approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and the wheels come off the electoral reform bus. He’s also attracted controversy for a glowing eulogy for Cuban President…
10: Selling the farm
Nov 24, 2016 • 39 min
Justin Trudeau kills the coal industry. The Globe and Mail exposes how many farms in Agricultural Land Reserve are being used for mansions and hotels. Trudeau bought some new fighter jets, Charlie Angus mulls an NDP leadership bid, Vancouver mayors…
09: Empty homes and empty promises
Nov 18, 2016 • 52 min
Vancouver has introduced its empty home tax, but is it a solution in search of a problem? Former Bank of Canada Governor David Dodge thinks it’s a supply problem and BC NDP leader thinks dumping cash into co-op housing is the solution. Meanwhile, the…
08: Supreme Court Smackdown
Nov 12, 2016 • 30 min
A bonus long weekend episode with a focus just on BC & Canada! Ian and Scott discuss the Conservative Party Leadership Debate, the BCTF vs BC Government Supreme Court of Canada verdict, PEI’s electoral reform vote and the new spill response plan for the…
07: The Darkest Timeline
Nov 11, 2016 • 45 min
Scott and Ian share their thoughts on the recent US Election and the implications for BC and Canada. Warning there is a lot of swearing. * The Data Behind Trump’s Win – The Globe and Mail * 2016 US Election Results by state * 2012 US Election Results by…
06: Doubling down on deficits
Nov 4, 2016 • 64 min
The Trudeau government has doubled down on deficits in its latest fiscal update. Ian & Scott look into what’s in the document and what it means. Next, it’s been a year since Trudeau took office. What have they accomplished and what is the state of…
DD 01: Electoral Reform
Nov 2, 2016 • 86 min
Ian and Scott sit down with Jackie from Leadnow to discuss electoral reform in the first of our monthly Deep Dive episodes where we examine a single topic in detail. We examine the current reform efforts in Canada, the systems under consideration and…
05: 99 Red Walloons
Oct 28, 2016 • 19 min
Did the Canada-Europe trade just get torpedoed by an obscure region of Belgium? Wallonia is being blamed by Canada’s Minister on International Trade for making agreement on the CETA deal impossible. With the Conservatives throwing mad shade, what will the…
04: You’re Fired!
Oct 21, 2016 • 79 min
Ian & Scott are joined by Micah to discuss all things politics, both in BC and across the Canada. In this episode they discuss the firing of the Vancouver School Board, reactions to the third US presidential debate, the Supreme Court of Canada…
03: Trumpster Fires
Oct 14, 2016 • 45 min
Ian & Scott delve into a post second presidential debate review even as the Trump campaign meltdown shows no signs of abating. They also respond to some of the feedback on carbon pricing, the state of the Conservative Party of Canada’s leadership race,…
02: Green Shift 2.0 – Shift Harder
Oct 7, 2016 • 35 min
Ian and Scott delve into the Trudeau government’s announcement that there will be a price on carbon. How did the provinces react and what does it mean for BC? Plus: What can you learn from a nomination meeting? What’s the point in having a politics…
01: Band-aids on gaping flesh wounds
Sep 30, 2016 • 52 min
In the first episode of PolitiCoast, Scott and Ian discuss the motivations for the podcast, the approval of the Pacific Northwest LNG project and the latest in the Vancouver housing story and efforts to regulate a solution. In their quick takes they…
00: The NAFTA Debate
Sep 27, 2016 • 32 min
Ian and Scott are joined by Trevor for a special teaser episode of PolitiCoast. Tonight’s commentary is focused solely on the first US Presidential Debate. Which Trump showed up? Did Hillary have the stamina? And why are we still talking about NAFTA in…