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Ep 135: King of the Island

55:19 | Apr 26th

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 partn...Show More
Ep 134: For the UCP 1+1=2.2

52:14 | Apr 19th

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 o...Show More
Debate: Is social media destroying democracy?

1:45:26 | Apr 17th

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 th...Show More
Ep 133: Social media is bad

1:00:15 | Apr 12th

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 Mini...Show More
Ep 132: The BC Liberals score a win

59:42 | Apr 5th

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...Show More
Ep 131: What are they, the Alberta NDP?

54:25 | Mar 29th

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 d...Show More
Ep 130: David Moscrop wrote a book

1:22:31 | Mar 23rd

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...Show More
Ep 129: Civil asset forfeiture

1:12:30 | Mar 15th

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 Brexi...Show More
Emergency Pod: Erosions of trust

08:55 | Mar 7th

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.
Ep 128: No criminal behaviour, that’s the standard?

1:01:56 | Mar 7th

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 re...Show More
Ep 127: Some light interference

52:44 | Mar 1st

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 “w...Show More
Ep 126: Darryl throws shade

1:01:11 | Feb 22nd

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. ...Show More
Ep 125: Rookie mistakes

59:22 | Feb 15th

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. Th...Show More
Ep 124: The data piggy bank is running dry

36:32 | Feb 8th

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 the...Show More
Ep 123: Don’t believe everything you hear on Mainstreet

30:37 | Jan 31st

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...Show More
Ep 122: The alleged truckload of alcohol

1:05:57 | Jan 25th

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...Show More
Ep 121: No press conferences at the Burnaby Library

55:08 | Jan 18th

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 take...Show More
Ep 120: BC isn’t woke

59:12 | Jan 10th

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 d...Show More
Ep 119: Apparently it wasn’t too close to call

53:44 | Jan 5th

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 s...Show More
Ep 118: 2018 End of Year Extravaganza

1:12:28 | Dec 28th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Ep 117: A bridge too far

58:03 | Dec 20th, 2018

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 work...Show More
Ep 116: Canada’s Archduke Ferdinand situation

1:03:38 | Dec 14th, 2018

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...Show More
Ep 115: Bad Ass Bowinn Ma

45:20 | Dec 7th, 2018

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...Show More
Ep 114: Chaos closes the legislature

57:40 | Nov 30th, 2018

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 Scot...Show More
Ep 113: Never a dull moment in BC politics ft Shannon Waters

1:16:57 | Nov 24th, 2018

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 var...Show More
Ep 112: Proportionally known unknowns

54:51 | Nov 16th, 2018

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 dedic...Show More
Ep 111: How woke is PR?

34:07 | Nov 9th, 2018

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 (@cake...Show More
Ep 110: John picked a date

1:00:21 | Nov 2nd, 2018

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 ...Show More
Ep 109: The Great Canadian Club Electoral Reform Debate

59:44 | Oct 26th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Ep 108: Taxing houses, jobs and weed

39:50 | Oct 19th, 2018

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 leg...Show More
Ep 107: Policy Pop-Up

38:54 | Oct 12th, 2018

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 cre...Show More
Ep 106: Back to the Leg ft Shannon Waters

1:03:43 | Oct 6th, 2018

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 Termi...Show More
Ep 105: David Eby for the record

51:34 | Sep 29th, 2018

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 l...Show More
Ep 104: All smoke and no stores

39:17 | Sep 21st, 2018

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 F...Show More
Ep 103: It’s not the people’s People’s Party

45:27 | Sep 15th, 2018

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...Show More
Ep 102: We’re not international trade experts

36:01 | Sep 7th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Ep 101: Rabid dog days of summer

1:00:39 | Aug 31st, 2018

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 w...Show More
Ep 100: Live at The Belmont ft Shannon Waters

1:36:17 | Aug 24th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Ep 99: Conservative diversity ft Stewart Prest

1:28:16 | Aug 17th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Ep 98: Too dumb for democracy ft David Moscrop

1:18:25 | Aug 10th, 2018

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...Show More
Ep 97: A Fair Vote for PR ft Keith Poore

57:42 | Aug 3rd, 2018

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 e...Show More
Ep 96: A premiere Premier’s Meeting

51:18 | Jul 27th, 2018

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 ded...Show More
Ep 95: Fishy business

1:31:49 | Jul 21st, 2018

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 gov...Show More
Ep 94: Sean Graham’s Dual Member Proportional

31:43 | Jul 13th, 2018

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 dedicat...Show More
Ep 93: One simple trick to solve student housing

27:49 | Jul 6th, 2018

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.
Ep 92: BC is part of a crime syndicate

39:55 | Jun 29th, 2018

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 r...Show More
Ep 91: Dogwood Benefits for TWU

1:13:50 | Jun 21st, 2018

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 t...Show More
Ep 90: Bernier was on a break

1:03:14 | Jun 15th, 2018

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 c...Show More
Ep 89: Potpourri pipelines and Ontario election hot takes

39:46 | Jun 8th, 2018

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...Show More
Ep 88: Wars of trade and electoral reform

1:10:03 | Jun 3rd, 2018

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...Show More
Emergency Podcast: Canada buys Trans Mountain pipeline

23:12 | May 30th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Ep 87: A very litigious week

40:01 | May 25th, 2018

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...Show More
Ep 86: Emails in the pipeline

36:38 | May 19th, 2018

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 d...Show More
Ep 85: A year for the books with Jillian P Stead

1:20:38 | May 11th, 2018

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 f...Show More
Ep 84: Buzz off Davidoff

45:57 | May 4th, 2018

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 decisio...Show More
Ep 83: Breaking Betty

44:25 | Apr 27th, 2018

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 fa...Show More
Ep 82: The drain the swamp model of the constitution

1:08:25 | Apr 20th, 2018

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. Finall...Show More
Ep 81: Pipeline pause puts provinces in a pickle

53:28 | Apr 13th, 2018

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. ...Show More
Ep 80: A Matter of Confidence

58:38 | Apr 5th, 2018

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 w...Show More
Ep 79: “Shoot the mayor in the head and burn down houses” – A look at Nanaimo politics

1:14:41 | Mar 30th, 2018

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 as...Show More
Ep 78: The new LNG champion

43:34 | Mar 23rd, 2018

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 d...Show More
Cambie Report Ep 01: Elections are weird

1:03:02 | Mar 18th, 2018

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...Show More
Ep 77: Horgan blocks World Cup bid

37:57 | Mar 15th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Ep 76: What the heck Ontario?

1:40:58 | Mar 9th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Ep 75: We budgeted more time for budgets

52:39 | Mar 2nd, 2018

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 ...Show More
Municipal Election Announcement

02:09 | Mar 1st, 2018

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...Show More
Ep 74: Baby’s first budget

1:10:33 | Feb 23rd, 2018

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. ...Show More
Ep 73: An affordable throne

1:10:33 | Feb 16th, 2018

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 up...Show More
Ep 72: Wine pipelines

1:14:44 | Feb 9th, 2018

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 c...Show More
Ep 71: Lieutenant Governoring the youth

30:31 | Feb 2nd, 2018

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 ...Show More
Ep 70: #MeToo comes to Canadian politics

57:17 | Jan 26th, 2018

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 Li...Show More
Ep 69: Minimum wage and War of Plates potpourri

1:05:08 | Jan 19th, 2018

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 t...Show More
Ep 68: Sunset for Mayor Moonbeam

49:17 | Jan 12th, 2018

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 ...Show More
The PolitiCoast Star Wars Holiday Special

1:16:32 | Jan 2nd, 2018

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 Republi...Show More
Ep 67: The 2017 Finale

1:16:32 | Dec 22nd, 2017

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 ov...Show More
Ep 66: Of dams and beers

1:35:41 | Dec 15th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep 65: Is it a Better BC with David Moscrop

1:20:34 | Dec 8th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Ep 64: The Docket in Short Pants Crossover

57:00 | Dec 2nd, 2017

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...Show More
Ep 63: Justin McElroy kills your nostalgia

1:19:24 | Nov 24th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep 62: Underway with challenges

44:01 | Nov 16th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep 61: Minister of Silly Names

1:15:10 | Nov 10th, 2017

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 thei...Show More
Ep 60: Stephen Carter rants

1:05:11 | Nov 6th, 2017

Stephen Carter, former co-host of The Strategists podcast and president of QED Marketing Inc, joins us in Vancouver to rant about Alberta politics.
Ep 59: The Vancouver Special

1:27:45 | Nov 3rd, 2017

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...Show More
Ep 58: David King’s IDEA for Alberta education

1:13:40 | Oct 27th, 2017

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 pe...Show More
Ep 57: The Mayor’s secret party of disappointment

53:42 | Oct 20th, 2017

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 rides...Show More
Ep 56: How not to sell a tax plan

42:35 | Oct 13th, 2017

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 quest...Show More
Ep 55: Vancouver decides – Hashtag socialism or Hector the Connector?

1:15:51 | Oct 7th, 2017

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 roun...Show More
Bonus Pod: Vancouver Byelection Housing & Homelessness Forum

2:12:07 | Oct 6th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep 54: More leadership races means more content

33:17 | Sep 29th, 2017

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 rac...Show More
Ep 53: John’s allowance

1:00:42 | Sep 22nd, 2017

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 Jos...Show More
DD 03: NDP Leadership Race

1:24:39 | Sep 18th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep 52: Tedds takes on the budget update

51:36 | Sep 14th, 2017

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 * Park...Show More
Ep 51: Betrayal!

1:07:34 | Sep 9th, 2017

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 o...Show More
Ep 50: The Live Show!

2:04:05 | Sep 1st, 2017

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 ...Show More
Ep 49: Evan Balgord on right wing extremism

1:15:25 | Aug 25th, 2017

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 u...Show More
Ep 48: Countering white supremacy

1:12:52 | Aug 18th, 2017

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 Fa...Show More
Ep 47: Ian’s Ottawa Adventure

1:09:14 | Aug 11th, 2017

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 Docke...Show More
Ep 46: Lindsay Tedds

55:45 | Aug 4th, 2017

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 @teamjean...Show More
Emergency pod: Christy Clark resigns

19:54 | Jul 29th, 2017

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 o...Show More
Ep 45: Niki Ashton

1:29:52 | Jul 28th, 2017

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 C...Show More
Ep 44: Tom Davidoff

1:04:31 | Jul 21st, 2017

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 t...Show More
Ep 43: Fantasy cabinet

1:00:53 | Jul 14th, 2017

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. Correcti...Show More
Ep 42: Politics, the universe and everything

55:45 | Jul 7th, 2017

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 leader...Show More
Ep 41: A confident end to the jiggery-pokery

1:09:14 | Jun 30th, 2017

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 wit...Show More
Ep 40: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

1:09:20 | Jun 23rd, 2017

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 Boa...Show More
Ep 39: The Neverending Election

1:05:44 | Jun 16th, 2017

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 Cou...Show More
Ep 38: Dave’s hot takes

1:30:44 | Jun 9th, 2017

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 websit...Show More
Ep 37: Clark’s GreeNDP nightmare

1:22:02 | Jun 2nd, 2017

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 t...Show More
Ep 36: And the winner is…

57:28 | May 26th, 2017

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 Aquar...Show More
Ep 35: Improbable outcomes

1:18:23 | May 20th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep 34: New Conservatives on the Block

43:40 | May 14th, 2017

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 qui...Show More
Ep 33: Everyone’s a winner!

1:04:14 | May 14th, 2017

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 th...Show More
PolitiCoast Live Election Night Part 2

21:11 | May 10th, 2017

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 too...Show More
PolitiCoast Election Live Part 1

07:42 | May 10th, 2017

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!
Ep 32: I am Linda’s prediction model

1:31:04 | May 5th, 2017

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, electio...Show More
Ep 31: Hulk Horgan Strikes Back

1:12:33 | Apr 28th, 2017

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 Gree...Show More
Ep 30: No one puts Andrew in the corner

1:24:26 | Apr 21st, 2017

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 ...Show More
Ep 29: YPP and Libertarians and Economists Oh My!

1:08:33 | Apr 19th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep 28: Elections are not the time for serious issues

1:16:05 | Apr 14th, 2017

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 w...Show More
Ep 27: Teflon Clark and David Eby

54:21 | Apr 10th, 2017

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 f...Show More
Ep 26: The Greens in Mouseland

1:07:53 | Mar 31st, 2017

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 tak...Show More
Ep 25: Red ink is expensive

1:02:10 | Mar 24th, 2017

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 part...Show More
Ep 24: Tinkering with the rules

1:02:50 | Mar 17th, 2017

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 som...Show More
Ep 23: BC does have one campaign finance law

58:42 | Mar 11th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep 22: One giant Leap

57:30 | Mar 4th, 2017

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 In...Show More
DD 02: Conservative Leadership Race

1:30:01 | Feb 28th, 2017

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’Lea...Show More
Ep 21: The forget me not budget

33:42 | Feb 25th, 2017

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 s...Show More
Ep 20: Playing with fire

45:35 | Feb 18th, 2017

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 I...Show More
Ep 19: Alternative Hacks

58:30 | Feb 11th, 2017

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 retur...Show More
Ep 18: RIP Electoral Reform

46:04 | Feb 3rd, 2017

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 ...Show More
Ep 17: Alternative electoral reform

1:06:10 | Jan 28th, 2017

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 p...Show More
Ep 16: The O’Leary Factor

50:50 | Jan 20th, 2017

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 Ne...Show More
Ep 15: Trudeau’s friends with benefits

1:01:06 | Jan 13th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep 14: Fall Finale

58:17 | Dec 31st, 2016

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 s...Show More
Ep 13: Make ethics great again

1:00:30 | Dec 16th, 2016

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 in...Show More
Ep 12: Rachel Notley comes to town

48:17 | Dec 9th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep 11: Trudeau kerfuffles

56:08 | Dec 3rd, 2016

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 Pres...Show More
Ep 10: Selling the farm

39:52 | Nov 24th, 2016

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 a...Show More
Ep 09: Empty homes and empty promises

52:59 | Nov 18th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep 08: Supreme Court Smackdown

30:49 | Nov 12th, 2016

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 ...Show More
Ep 07: The Darkest Timeline

45:17 | Nov 11th, 2016

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 Result...Show More
Ep 06: Doubling down on deficits

1:04:57 | Nov 4th, 2016

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 Ca...Show More
DD 01: Electoral Reform

1:26:50 | Nov 2nd, 2016

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...Show More
Ep 05: 99 Red Walloons

19:30 | Oct 28th, 2016

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 wil...Show More
Ep 04: You’re Fired!

1:19:58 | Oct 21st, 2016

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 appoin...Show More
Ep 03: Trumpster Fires

45:07 | Oct 14th, 2016

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 rac...Show More
Ep 02: Green Shift 2.0 – Shift Harder

35:20 | Oct 7th, 2016

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 p...Show More
Ep 01: Band-aids on gaping flesh wounds

52:46 | Sep 30th, 2016

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 ...Show More
Ep 00: The NAFTA Debate

32:50 | Sep 27th, 2016

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 ...Show More