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Join CHEK News Political Correspondent Rob Shaw and a lively panel of guests for a weekly breakdown of all of the news in B.C. politics, with analysis and commentary that helps make sense of the latest stories in and around the B.C. legislature.
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BC's police chiefs say they are largely powerless to respond to open drug use in many places, in the wake of decriminalization, once again raising questions about whether the decrim program is viable. Plus, a look at how BC is positioned in the wake of a federal budget that largely steals many of its housing ideas. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Allie Blades, Jeff Ferrier and a returning Jillian Oliver. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
The BC government finds itself reeling on three fronts: A CleanBC grant scandal involving alleged conflicts of interest with a private company administering carbon tax grants, as well as a growing chorus of nurses and patients upset about rampant drug use in hospitals, and the ongoing drama involving the Surrey police issue. Plus, a conversation about the latest BC political party fundraising numbers and what it means heading into the election. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Khelsilem, Jeff Ferrier and Allie Blades.  Brought to you by Uber Canada.
April 5, 2024 - Can BC continue to defend the carbon tax in the face of a political onslaught by federal Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre, who is touring the province criticizing Premier David Eby? Is BC's decriminalization pilot project contributing to rising open drug use inside BC hospitals? And BC's Conservative party is seeing continued popularity, but facing candidate vetting problem growing pains. Plus, audio podcast extra discussion on the Haida Nation title agreement, and a surprise nomination battle outcome for the BC NDP in the riding of Vancouver-Little Mountain. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Khelsilem, Jeff Ferrier and Allie Blades.
March 15, 2024 - The BC government is going after social media companies and the trucking industry, while extending a helping hand to the wine and forestry sectors. Our panel breaks it all down. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier, Allie Blades and Carlie Pochynok. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
March 8, 2024 - The stunning resignation of Selina Robinson from the BC NDP caucus leads to questions about antisemitism inside the party and what Premier David Eby should have done, and should do now, to address the issues. Plus, a look at the fascinating race to replace the retiring George Heyman as the NDP candidate for Vancouver-Little Mountain. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Allie Blades, Jeff Ferrier and Khelsilem. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
March 1, 2024 - Can the NDP government ever fulfill its $10-a-day child care promise? More communities ask for exemptions from the new short-term rental law Plus, is the new flipping tax good policy or politics (or both)? And, BC United questions why 'manhole' covers are being renamed by the province to remove gendered language. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Carlie Pochynok and Jeff Ferrier. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
The BC NDP drops its re-election budget, but there's not a lot of shiny goodies for voters -- what's going on and what does it mean for the governing party in an election year? The prime minister visits BC to boost the BC Builds program. And in an audio extra, the NDP pauses changes to the Land Act. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Allie Blades, Jeff Ferrier and Khelsilem.
Government-built rental apartments or a rent-to-own plan? That's just one of the main differences we discuss this week on the show as the BC NDP and BC United square off on housing policy. Plus, a lookahead to the megaweek in BC politics next week, with a throne speech and budget. And as an audio podcast extra, a discussion about the public backlash and maneuvering on a supervised consumption site in Richmond.Host Rob Shaw is joined by Allie Blades, Jeff Ferrier and special guest Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
Post-Secondary Minister Selina Robinson was removed from cabinet by Premier David Eby this week after hateful comments about Palestine -- how did the premier handle it, what will the ramifications be for the NDP and what does it mean for BC politics? Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jillian Oliver, Jeff Ferrier and Allie Blades. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
February 2, 2024 - BC is facing criticism for a lack of communication on sweeping changes to BC's Land Act. BC Green leader Sonia Furstenau switches ridings. And BC United launches a new advertising campaign, amidst new polling numbers that show BC Conservatives surging. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier, Allie Blades and Jillian Oliver.
January 26, 2024 - Premier David Eby and B.C.'s chief coroner disagree over what to do to curb a record number of deaths caused by toxic drugs. Plus, the premier forecasts legislation to sue social media companies for harm. Ottawa brings in a new international student cap that will have big ramifications for B.C.'s colleges and universities. And, a discussion about BC United MLA Ellis Ross's decision to jump to federal politics. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Allie Blades, Jeff Ferrier and Jillian Oliver.
Premier David Eby shuffles out his children's minister, but why did it take so long and what happens now? Plus, it's natural resources week, and both the premier and BC United leader Kevin Falcon propose plans for forestry and mining, to varying degrees of success. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier, Allie Blades and Jillian Oliver. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
Premier David Eby criticizes the BC Supreme Court on its injunction against his drug use restriction law, but what does the NDP's shifting position on decriminalization amount to? A new poll shows public confidence has collapsed in government health care, is this an opening for other parties during an election year? Plus, in our podcast extra this week, we discuss what the BC government should do about Surrey's refusal to pay for 10 new police recruits, and the recent passing of former federal NDP leader Ed Broadbent. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier, Allie Blades and Jillian Oliver. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
Our last show of 2023 sees the panel dust off the crystal ball and look ahead to 2024 - where are BC's political parties right now, what do they need to be doing to start the year, when will candidates announce, will the premier shuffle his cabinet and what should we look for in the February provincial budget? All of this, as we start counting down the days to the Oct. 19, 2024 provincial election. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jillian Oliver, Jeff Ferrier and Allie Blades. Political Capital will return in mid-January!
As a busy 2023 comes to a close, the Pod Squad takes a look at the top BC political stories of the year. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Allie Blades, Jeff Ferrier and Jillian Oliver.
The BC government unveils new economic modelling that shows a potential price drop for housing due to its new laws, but is that realistic? And another poll shows a split between the BC United and Conservative parties, leading to speculation of merger talks. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Allie Blades, Jeff Ferrier and Jillian Oliver.
Premier David Eby passes his major housing reforms into law - what does this mean for his government? The legislative session ends, and we look at how the parties and leaders performed. Plus, a look at a new fundraising campaign by BC United to raise money for its Brand Awareness Fund, and what that says about how the party's renaming process has gone. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier, Allie Blades and Jillian Oliver. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
A major week in BC climate politics as the opposition BC United and Conservative parties table their climate plans, and the NDP seeks to backstop their position by considering new affordability measures. Plus, the government expands the speculation tax, using new branding to cover up any criticism along the way. In audio extras this week: UBCM calls on government to withdraw a homelessness bill. And a discussion about the retirement of Burnaby MLA Katrina Chen. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jillian Oliver and Jeff Ferrier. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
The NDP government brings in long-awaited rules for drivers at Uber, Skip the Dishes and other gig economy roles - do they hit the mark? A new anti-racism hotline is set to go live three years after it was first promised. And a look-ahead to the BC NDP convention, one year before the election. Plus, Mike Farnworth suspends the Surrey police board, so is it clear sailing for a municipal force now?Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier of Framepoint Strategies, Allie Blades of Mash Strategies and Carlie Pochynok of Hill & Knowlton. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
Premier David Eby's government continues its rapid pace of housing legislation, with a new bill to allow condo tours around transit hubs. The BC Greens lose their deputy leader over his social media activity and the BC Conservatives hold a rally calling for Dr. Bonnie Henry to be fired and unvaccinated healthcare workers to be rehired. Plus, in our audio extras, we discuss the political pros and cons of the NDP moving so quickly on housing, and whether it leaves opposition parties any room to maneuver.Jeff Ferrier, Allie Blades and guest panelist Khelsilem join host Rob Shaw.Brought to you by Uber Canada.
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