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A political podcast for non-political people.

Asking the simple & ignorant questions about our country (Canada) and government from a raw and accessible perspective.

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A political podcast for non-political people.

Asking the simple & ignorant questions about our country (Canada) and government from a raw and accessible perspective.

    Esquimalt Council’s Tim Morrison on the 2019 Canadian Federal Election – GT014

    Esquimalt Council’s Tim Morrison on the 2019 Canadian Federal Election – GT014

    It was great to sit down with Esquimalt City Council member Tim Morrison the other day.



    We chatted about his extensive and interesting resume; what led him to be on city council; how he views his role as a city council member; and the upcoming 2019 federal election and how it affects local communities.



    Hope you enjoy this episode and thanks for listening.



    Until next time... Stay Curious – CJ :)

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    • 1 hr 31 min
    First Trip to the Legislature with my Pal Dylan MacCannell – GT013

    First Trip to the Legislature with my Pal Dylan MacCannell – GT013

    In this episode my buddy Dylan and I talk about our first experience of going to see Parliament in Session at the BC Legislature.

    Photos on the Blog (sorry they don't show on the apps, so if you want to see him go to http://www.governthis.ca): Dylan on the left: Cleaned up... and on the right, what he first showed up wearing, I made him go home and change, haha. We talk about this on the podcast.



    Thanks for listening & Until next time... Stay Curious – CJ :)

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    • 31 min
    BC’s Referendum on Electoral Reform with Prof. Daniel Westlake – GT012

    BC’s Referendum on Electoral Reform with Prof. Daniel Westlake – GT012

    So here we are in the middle of a very important Referendum in BC where many people either don't know about it or are confused. If you do know what's generally going on I'll bet you're missing a few key bits of information that Daniel brings to light here. 

    We got into the details of the referendum and the proposed voting systems... how they work, how they "could work" and what he is curious about in terms of how the government would structure and implement a few things – as some of the information is a little unclear and being left out of both the pro and anti campaigns. As well as the impact the systems might have on how MLA's could act.

    It gets detailed, but if I can follow and finally get a handle on it I'm sure you can to - and hey, that's what the rewind button's for right.

    To help sort things out... at the end of the episode Daniel shares his thoughts on where the best places to get information are - from academics more than from the campaigns as they are so currently polarized and as Daniel puts it, "... look for people who talk about trade offs, who acknowledge that there are problems with any kind of electoral system."

    Thanks for listening & Until next time... Stay Curious – CJ :)

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    • 1 hr 51 min
    BC’s Electoral Reform with Prof. Daniel Westlake – GT011

    BC’s Electoral Reform with Prof. Daniel Westlake – GT011

    This is the follow up episode with Professor Daniel Westlake where we talk more in depth about what is going on in BC and our own Electoral Reform.

    Daniel Westlake is a Professor from the University of Victoria who teaches Electoral Reform.  Check out the prequel where we get into the details of Electoral Reform and the types of systems there are and how they work.

    Thanks for listening & Until next time... Stay Curious – CJ :)

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Electoral Reform with Prof. Daniel Westlake – GT010

    Electoral Reform with Prof. Daniel Westlake – GT010

    British Columbia is in the midst of Electoral Reform with a referendum coming this fall. I was able to track down Daniel Westlake, a Political Science professor who teaches the subject and he agreed to sit down and give me the low down.

    In this episode we focus on what Electoral Reform is all about and the different types of systems that could come up and how they're structured.

    It was a great chat and it really helped me to understand what happens in elections and what could happen within different systems. It's all very complex and each system has their positives and negatives - so it's no easy choice.

    Thanks for listening & Until next time... Stay Curious – CJ :)

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    • 58 min
    How Canada Got Started with Nathan Walsh – GT009

    How Canada Got Started with Nathan Walsh – GT009

    OK... Montreal turned 375 this year... and Canada turned 150... what's going on... why is Montreal so much older, and what was happening before Canada became Canada?



    These are the few questions that started me down a road that I think will last for many sporadic episodes in the future. I'm so curious now as to how Canada began... what was going on for all those years after Montreal was a city and before Canada was a country. When did the provinces start, what was the order they joined Canada in, what were the years... among so many other questions that come up once I start learning that there really are no simple answers or explanations.



    To kick it all off I sit down with my buddy Nathan Walsh – a young and eloquent Canadian History buff – who tries to get me on track with some (we have lots more to cover) of the basics of what was going on leading up to Confederation and the culmination of the 'Dominion of Canada'.



    The main focus I suppose is "Colonial Canada" but some of the things we touch on include:



    - The early French and English Presence (and even the Dutch)

    - Upper and Lower Canada, what they are and where they were

    - How "Profit" had an impact on Colonizing

    - The Hudson's Bay Company

    - The Battle of the Plains of Abraham

    - The English and French and their alignments with the Indigenous people of the area

    - The Rebellion of 1837

    - Lord Durham and his "Report"

    - The Railway

    - And how Nathan really likes and gets excited about the "Battles" (you'll have to listen through to get the feeling;) )



    All in all, It's a lot more complicated and way more interesting than I ever knew or imagined. I will definitely be grabbing a couple more beers and sitting down with Nathan to drill him with more ignorant questions.

    Thanks for listening & Until next time... Stay Curious – CJ :)

    *If you like what you hear and you think it’s important, please share it with as many people as you can… hopefully we can all become a little more aware and involved.*

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    • 1 hr 48 min

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