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Did new Premier David Eby hit the high bar of expectations by unleashing a flurry of announcements on housing, crime and affordability during his first week in office? How did those files land, what does it mean for BC's political landscape and what happens next? Our panel breaks it down. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jillian Oliver and Jeff Ferrier.
BC signs a new deal with family doctors, but will it be enough to actually get the million British Columbians who don't have a doctor paired up with a physician? An all-party committee of MLAs releases a report into the overdose crisis, but will it change anything? And John Horgan spends his last week as premier in the legislature. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier, Jillian Oliver and Allie Blades.
David Eby has set a date to formally become BC's 37th premier, but the Nov. 18 timeline raises the question: What's taking so long? Plus, we look at Eby's transition team, new senior staff, and 100-day plan for his premiership. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Katy Merrifield, Jeff Ferrier and former BC Green strategist Sarah Miller.
The BC NDP disqualifies leadership candidate Anjali Appadurai, awarding the position and premiership to David Eby. But boy, was it a messy process. Our panel breaks down the DQ report, decision and fallout. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Katy Merrifield, Jeff Ferrier and Jillian Oliver.Recorded Oct 21, 2022
Oct 14, 2022 -Are the BC Greens behind a takeover of the BC NDP during the leadership race, by encouraging members to take out dual memberships with the NDP to vote for environmental candidate Anjali Appadurai? The NDP think so, but our panel breaks down how that argument fails. Plus, two BC cabinet ministers head to Ottawa to appeal for help on prolific offenders and drum up allies to put pressure on the feds for action. And we take a look at Premier John Horgan's early exit interviews, and why the most popular premier in decades is leaving with so little fanfare or discussion of his legacy. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Katy Merrifield, Jillian Oliver and Jeff Ferrier.
The BC legislature returned for the fall session, and the last one under Premier John Horgan, but it didn't go well for the NDP government in the first week on the major issues involving health care and crime. What can the government do to flip things around and what's with the growing disconnect between reality and rhetoric in the house? Also, Speaker Raj Chouhan gets the legislature a cat... just not the cat it was looking for, in a story that goes viral across the country. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jillian Oliver and Jeff Ferrier.
A long-awaited expert report into street disorder and prolific offenders contains sweeping recommendations, so why is the BC NDP so focused on playing petty political games on the issue? Premier John Horgan's final public approval poll shows an extraordinary five-year run of popularity. Plus, a look at the latest developments in the BC NDP leadership race and the question of why candidate David Eby appears to be sleepwalking through the competition. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier and Jillian Oliver.Recorded Sept. 23, 2022
Premier John Horgan faces a public backlash over his decision to create a half-holiday for the funeral of Queen Elizbaeth, why did he make this decision and what could have been done differently? The Union of BC Municipalities wraps up its annual meeting with the province on the ropes over rural healthcare, and other issues. Plus, BC NDP leadership candidate Anjali Appadurai faces a new set of controversies for her campaign, what's going on here and will it have an impact on the race? Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier and special guest panelist Allie Blades from Mash Strategy.
Premier John Horgan unveils his long-awaited affordability package, to help British Columbians combat rising inflation and interest rates -- but it's targeted to a small group of people, and is it enough? Also, the government inks a tentative deal with the BCGEU, but not all members are happy at the compromises made. Plus, we take a look at allegations facing BC NDP leadership candidate Anjali Appadurai's campaign, and the difficult position that the resulting investigation has placed on the BC NDP. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier and Jillian Oliver.
BC appears to have inked tentative deals with major unions, and solved the ongoing strike - what does that mean for labour peace in the province? The government closes the books on last year's budget with a stunning fiscal turnaround, but does being left with a surplus during a time of crises put the NDP in the best position politically? Rural mayors band together to push for healthcare improvements as their ERs and ambulance systems collapse. And BC's three party leaders come together to decry the rising toxicity in politics - but how do we actually solve this? Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jillian Oliver and Jeff Ferrier. Recorded September 2, 2022
The coronation of David Eby as BC NDP leader and premier hits a snag with the entry of climate activist Anajali Appadurai into the race - what does this mean and how has it changed the dynamic? Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad is ejected from the BC Liberal caucus and immediately endorses a BC Conservative in the Surrey South byelection, but will that make a difference in the race? And, should the BC legislature adopt a cat in order to bring harmony and peace to provincial politics? The answer is yes. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier and Katy Merrifield.
It's a Matter of Confidence reunion this week on Political Capital as Global BC's Richard Zussman joins Rob Shaw to discuss Premier Horgan's five year tenure and pending retirement. How has Horgan changed over the past decade, what has it been like covering his government and what could his legacy be as he leaves the job? Tune in.
The worst kept secret in BC politics is out: David Eby has launched his campaign to be premier. We break down how he did it, his overwhelming caucus support, what it means for both him and the government, as well as our predictions for the last half of the year. Political Capital is taking a summer break and will be back in late August. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Katy Merrifield, Jillian Oliver and Jeff Ferrier.
Premier John Horgan clashes with the Prime Minister on health care funding, following a meeting of 13 provincial and territorial leaders in Victoria. The PM puts his elbows up and attacks Horgan on the issue - what are the ramifications of this and can a health funding deal still be done? Also, with the Bank of Canada hiking interest rates one percentage point this week, what pressure is the province under to respond with affordability rebates and how would that look? Plus, Finance Minister Selina Robinson mulls entering the BC NDP leadership race to challenge David Eby. Host Rob Shaw is joined by guests Jillian Oliver and the Vancouver Sun's Vaughn Palmer.
David Eby looks to have a stranglehold on the BC NDP leadership race, after Ravi Kahlon drops out. Does that mean the race is over? And what does that mean for the NDP party and government? Plus, premiers across the country gather in Victoria to argue for a boost to health care transfers. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jillian Oliver and Jeff Ferrier.
In a special edition of the podcast this week, we discuss Premier John Horgan's announcement he is resigning as leader once a new person is selected this fall. Was this a surprise? What does it mean for both the BC NDP and the BC government? And how will the leadership race shape up in the months ahead? Katy Merrifield, Jillian Oliver and Jeff Ferrier break it all down.
The NDP executes a billion-dollar backtrack on the unpopular Royal BC Museum project, but is the damage already done? Premier Horgan hints at his potential retirement, but is it genuine and what does it mean for the next few months? Plus, housing affordability spirals into several reports, panels, rent caps and more. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Katy Merrifield, Jeff Ferrier and Jillian Oliver.
The long-awaited public inquiry report into BC's money laundering scandal is complete, so what does it mean for solving the actual problem and how will parties look to capitalize or play defence based on the findings? Plus, two new polls by Angus Reid show the premier's popularity sliding, how much of this is due to the deeply unpopular museum and what other factors are at play? Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jillian Oliver, Jeff Ferrier and two special guests this week — This is VANCOLOUR host Mo Amir, and former BC Liberal politico Barinder Bhullar.
The BC government is under fire for saying it doesn't have the money to approve numerous new major school projects this year, at a time it's pushing forward with the $1-billion Royal BC Museum. Is this just political theatre, or a major problem for the government? Also, the coroner releases a report into last year's 619 deaths related to the heat dome, and we take a look at the response. Plus, BC Liberals gather in Penticton to consider changing the party's name - good move, unnecessary or too little too late for the opposition party? Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jillian Oliver and Jeff Ferrier.
BC receives historic permission from Ottawa to decriminalize possession of small amounts of illicit drugs, but is it enough and why did the feds water down the province's original proposal? The spring session of the legislature ends, and we take a dive into what was accomplished and the political dynamics as MLAs head out to the summer BBQ circuit. Plus, is Premier John Horgan considering retiring? Host Rob Shaw is joined by Katy Merrifield and Jillian Oliver this week to break down all the latest in BC politics.
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