PolitiCoast is the BC politics podcast. We cover British Columbia, Canadian and sometimes international politics from a West Coast lens. PolitiCoast was launched in October 2016 by Ian Bushfield & Scott de Lange Boom.
Ep 268: No floods of information
Ian & Scott debate the BC Government’s alleged lack of response to financial requests from the Fraser Valley Regional District and recent FOI changes before turning their attention to the latest happenings in the House of Commons.
* Vote in the Greatest BC Premier Bracket
* B.C. government criticized for slow flood aid response
* UPDATE: Sumas Lake will take weeks to drain, Highway 7 open, Chilliwack assesses damage
* BC government brings in $10 application fee for freedom-of-information requests
* MPs embrace after bill to ban conversion therapy passes unanimously in House
* Liberal bill would crackdown on health-care worker harassment and boost sick leave
* Government Bill (House of Commons) C-3 (44-1) – First Reading – An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Canada Labour Code – Parliament of Canada
* Senate Bill S-1 evokes parliamentary tradition and Canada’s past
* Opposition parties demand Trudeau government release secret documents on fired Winnipeg scientists
* Liberals offer compromise to end parliamentary standoff over documents tied to firing of Winnipeg lab scientists
* Conservative vaccine mandate challenge founded: Speaker
* Fiscal update coming
* Young Canadians launch court challenge to lower federal voting age from 18
* BC chiropractors vote for regulator to ‘take a stand’ against COVID-19 vaccine mandate
* COVID-19 vaccine now mandatory to get euthanized in Germany
* Barbados just got rid of the Queen — should Canada follow suit?
* For many Canadians, interest in remaining a constitutional monarchy will die with Queen Elizabeth
* Bloc shenanigans
Image credit: flickr/bcgovphotos
Ep 267: BC Renewal Party
The House of Commons is back with a predictable throne speech and the BC legislature wraps up with predictable time allocation.
Vote in this week’s Greatest BC Premier Bracket contest: The battle of the Bennetts.
* Throne Speech Building a Resilient Economy: A Cleaner & Healthier Future for Our Kids
* Five takeaways from a very cautious 2021 Throne Speech
* In a fiery speech, O’Toole says Canada is ‘drowning in debt and division’ on Trudeau’s watch
* Conservatives must be professional, show they are an alternative to Trudeau: O’Toole
* NDP reaction
* B.C.’s fiscal update projects deficit dip but doesn’t include costs associated with recent flood, mudslide
* Vaughn Palmer: NDP accused of ‘complete disregard’ for B.C.
* Conversion therapy survivors disappointed as B.C. NDP ignores 2nd bill seeking to ban practice
* 5 days paid sick leave coming for all British Columbians Jan. 1
* Paid sick leave: BC announces its plan | CTV News
* Journalists released after arrest at Wet’suwet’en pipeline dispute
* Mike Farnworth comments
* Green Party names Amita Kuttner as interim leader – National | Globalnews.ca
* Ep 190: A scientist runs for Green leader w Dr Amita Kuttner
Photo credit: flickr/Kyle Pearce
Ep 266: The atmospheric river
A once in 200 year flooding event, precipitated by an atmospheric river, has devastated the province. We’re losing track of how many disasters we’ve had in the past couple years. You’d think this would mean our politicians would have found a coherent strategy to respond to the crisis.
And amid the flooding the NDP have introduced a series of new pieces of legislation.
But first, vote for the greatest Conservative Premier in the latest round of the Greatest BC Premier Bracket.
* How you can help BC residents who have been impacted by the storm | News
* Vote for Greatest BC Premier
* That time the premier of B.C. cut a cheque and doubled the size of Canada’s navy
Segment 1: The atmospheric river
* BC flood update: What you need to know
* Use of emergency alert system
* Canadian Army to build levee in Abbotsford in bid to save Sumas Prairie
* Emergency debate held in legislature
Segment 2: Full house
* Introduction of Attorney General statutes bill | BC Gov News
* New act protects important services from disruption | BC Gov News
* Access to Abortion Services Act
* Province building a more diverse, inclusive forest sector | BC Gov News
* Rob Shaw: Three birds, one stone
* Vaughn Palmer: B.C. forests bill gives minister complete control over compensation when cutting rights seized
* Katrine Conroy: B.C. old growth plan part of new vision for forest care
* Wet’suwet’en territory tensions rise as RCMP move in on blockades
* Wet’suwet’en land defenders say inaction prompted Coastal GasLink eviction
* Arrests reported as RCMP move to clear Wet’suwet’en pipeline resistance in BC for 3rd time
* O’Toole defends decision to turf Batters as senator accuses him of keeping MPs in line with threats
Ep 265: Anti-anti-masker shadow cabinet
A roundup of news from Ottawa this week.
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* No deal to support Liberals on table, but NDP open to working with government: Singh
* O’Toole leaves MPs who questioned vaccine policy out of his shadow cabinet
* Departing officials complain Commons clerk was partial to Liberals, fell asleep during question period
* Annamie Paul formally resigns as Green leader, will end membership in party
* Bernier loses defamation fight against columnist who called him racist
* Justin McElroy FOI thread
* Natural Gas Royalty Review – Government of British Columbia
Ep 264: Low hanging economic fruit
Urgently needed action will occur after a reasonable period. At least that’s the BC government’s message this week on old growth forest logging deferrals and drug decriminalization. And the Kevin Falcon campaign is rocked by sexual harassment allegations.
* Premier’s statement on his health | BC Gov News
* Vote in the Bracket
* HAPHAZARD HISTORY: The interesting life of Amor de Cosmos – Williams Lake Tribune
* Charles Augustus Semlin
Segment 1: Decriminalizing Old Growth
* Government taking action on old-growth deferrals | BC Gov News
* BC promises to consult First Nations before pushing ahead with old-growth logging deferrals
* Steelworkers Union, Green Party unhappy with BC’s plan to defer old-growth logging
* UBCIC reaction
* B.C. government asks federal Liberals to decriminalize drugs across province
* BC 2021 Third Quarter Interim Financial Reports Available
* Federal Q3 financials
Segment 2: Falcon Falls
* Diamond Isinger’s allegations
* Kevin Falcon responds
* Michael Lee letter to BC Liberals elections committee and executive
* Defence Minister Anand moving military sexual misconduct cases into civilian justice system
* Antia Anand announcement
* In a move pollster calls ‘a direct challenge’ to O’Toole’s leadership, 15 to 30 Tory MPs and Senators starting new caucus to speak up for anti-vaxxers losing jobs
* Challenge of Manitoba PC leadership race inches ahead after new prem...
Ep 263: Prepare to be disappointed
Like many BCers, we hope for a speedy recovery for John Horgan.
This week we look at the latest round of bills covering cities, education, political party financing and banning plastics. Plus the province’s next step in CleanBC. Federally, we dig into the new cabinet picks.
And we pit Ujjal Dosanjh against John Horgan in the Greatest BC Premier Bracket. Vote on Twitter or on our website.
* Premier’s statement on his health | BC Gov News
* Operation described as “successful”
Segment 1: A cleaner BC
* FOI bill passes second reading without government MLAs speaking to it
* Bill 22: A call to Action
* Bill 22: A call to Action 2
* BC launches stronger climate plan for a better future | BC Gov News
* CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 [pdf]
* Clean Energy Canada view B.C.’s climate roadmap sets the right course, but the clock is ticking and Dan Woynillowicz
* Efficiency Canada supportive
* Seth Klein reaction From leader to follower: B.C.’s updated climate plan – its “CleanBC Roadmap to 2030” – is not an emergency plan — Climate Emergency Unit
* Province gives local government more tools to increase housing | BC Gov News
* Introduction of Municipal Affairs Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2), 2021 | BC Gov News
* B.C. government proposes legislation to speed up permitting applications (Globe & Mail)
* Legislative changes to support First Nations jurisdiction over education | BC Gov News
* Proposed amendments will make per-vote allowance permanent | BC Gov News
* Province takes aim at banning problem plastics | BC Gov News
Segment 2: Cabinet
* Who’s who in Justin Trudeau’s 2021 cabinet
* Gavin Dew supports conversion practices ban
* Aaron Gunn out of BC Liberal leadership, Laurie Throness is mad
* Green Party members are voting on Annamie Paul’s leadership — weeks af...
Best Western Podcast
The best Canadian podcast from the west. The Strategists have nothing on Ian and Scott!
Fun, Informative Canadian!!
It’s exciting to hear a local political podcast, you guys have really done this well, thank you! I look forward to hearing your perspective on the latest in BC and Canadian politics.
Finally, I’m not just listening to American political podcasts!
Good commentary but needs a good editing
Great show. Very informative. I would strongly suggest some editing to eliminate the pauses, hmmms, and aaaaahs.