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Off Script is a podcast for engaged citizens, public leaders and activists in Atlantic Canada. In April of 2019, this podcast will be dedicated to exploring the politics and possibilities surrounding the April 23 provincial election and referendum on electoral reform. Join hosts, Mark Coffin and Jesse Hitchcock, as they try to make sense of it all.
Explore our past episodes for conversations with former Nova Scotia MLAs (Season One), and conversations with active elected officials and activists in Atlantic Canada (Season 2).

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Off Script: Atlantic Canada Politics Springtide

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    • 4.8, 22 Ratings

Off Script is a podcast for engaged citizens, public leaders and activists in Atlantic Canada. In April of 2019, this podcast will be dedicated to exploring the politics and possibilities surrounding the April 23 provincial election and referendum on electoral reform. Join hosts, Mark Coffin and Jesse Hitchcock, as they try to make sense of it all.
Explore our past episodes for conversations with former Nova Scotia MLAs (Season One), and conversations with active elected officials and activists in Atlantic Canada (Season 2).

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    Off the Ledge #4: If you don't know ... form a government!

    Off the Ledge #4: If you don't know ... form a government!

    In this episode of Off the Ledge, Mark and Jesse pour over the election results. They take stock of election night coverage, speculate on what's next for newly elected MLAs and the government, and consider the future of electoral reform on Prince Edward Island.
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    • 44 min
    Off the Ledge #3: Leaders debate, civility contests, and waxing hypothetical

    Off the Ledge #3: Leaders debate, civility contests, and waxing hypothetical

    Mark and Jesse are joined by a special guest who actually lives on PEI and knows something about asking the right question. We unpack a few highlights from this week's CBC leader's debate, explore whether PEI politics is as civil as it appears, and talk about even more hypothetical election and referendum outcomes.
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    Off the Ledge #2: 'If you don't know, don't vote'

    Off the Ledge #2: 'If you don't know, don't vote'

    Mark and Jesse dive into the issues surrounding the Prince Edward Island referendum on electoral reform. In this episode, we explore the question, the rules, and the politics of the referendum.
    References Mentioned:
    - Electoral Systems Referendum Act
    - Much-amended P.E.I. referendum legislation passes (CBC)
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    • 41 min
    Off the Ledge #1: The politics and possibilities of the PEI Election

    Off the Ledge #1: The politics and possibilities of the PEI Election

    In the first episode of the Off the Ledge series, hosts Mark Coffin and Jesse Hitchcock talk through the last several years of politics in Canada's smallest province in order to better understand how exactly we reached the current political moment. If you're not familiar with Island politics, buckle up. Here's where things are at:
    - The Green Party of PEI is leading in the polls, in a province that's never had anything but majority Liberal or (Progressive) Conservative governments.
    - A referendum is set for the same date as the general election, where Islanders will be asked to choose between a new, mixed-member proportional voting system, or to keep the first-past-the-post system.
    In this episode we explore how we got here, and what some of the potential outcomes of the election and referendum vote might involve.

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    • 49 min
    Springtide and the future of our podcasts

    Springtide and the future of our podcasts

    This week we bring you some important news about the future of podcasts at Springtide.
    To chime in on the future of this show, contact me at mark@springtide.ngo
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    • 8 min
    REPLAY: Women in Nova Scotia Politics - Former MLAs reflect on their experience

    REPLAY: Women in Nova Scotia Politics - Former MLAs reflect on their experience

    This week, we have some questions for our listeners. Why do you listen to this show? What need does it serve for you? And how can we serve that need better. Answer us at offscript@springtide.ngo or tweet @SpringtideCo.
    And in honour of April of 2018 being the 100th anniversary of the first time women voted in Nova Scotia elections, we share a re-run of an episode we produced last year - about the women of Nova Scotia politics past. We explore the unique experiences of the women who ran for and won seats in the Nova Scotia legislature – the challenges they faced in getting there, and the challenges awaiting them once they arrived.
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Lucy Hulford ,

Excellent episode!

Check out the most recent episode! Great dialogue between Mark and guest co-host, Lisa!

gryphonpro ,

Thinking of a career in politics?

Definately listen to all of these podcasts first. If you still want to do it, you will be going in with your eyes wide open!

Mashup Lab Andrew ,

Great insight!

Love the candour they're able to bring out of people. Great insights from 'behind the scenes' of politics. I have a new appreciation of why / how certain decisions happen the way the do. SO many dynamics and competing interests at play! Fun listen!

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