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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.

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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.

    Emergency Pod: Horgan Quits

    Emergency Pod: Horgan Quits

    John Horgan is set to retire as premier.

    Photo credit: flickr/bcgovphotos

    • 21 min
    Ep 295: OpenMedia for an Open Internet

    Ep 295: OpenMedia for an Open Internet

    OpenMedia’s Campaigns Director Matt Hatfield joins us to discuss Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act and we look at the NDP’s about face on the Royal BC Museum project.


    * BC Premier John Horgan cancels $800-million museum project – The Globe and Mail* Province stops museum plan, will consult public on museum’s future | BC Gov News* What’s wrong with Bill C-11? An FAQ | OpenMedia* OpenMedia’s C-11 MP Contact tool * Brown campaign manager joins Rempel Garner for possible UCP leadership bid* Michelle Rempel Garner will not run for UCP leadership | CBC News* Alberta Polling for Michelle Rempel Garner* I just made a big decision – Michelle Rempel Garner’s Substack* Michelle Rempel Garner calls out her fellow Conservatives | The Star* RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki tried to ‘jeopardize’ mass murder investigation to advance Trudeau’s gun control efforts* Trudeau says Ottawa ‘had a lot of questions’ after N.S. mass shooting but didn’t interfere in investigation* Canada investing $4.9 billion to modernize North American defences* Canada commits $4.9-billion over six years to modernize NORAD defences – The Globe and Mail* China may have tried to discourage Canadians from voting Conservative: federal unit | CTV News

    Ep 294: Lots of fault to go around

    Ep 294: Lots of fault to go around

    The Money Laundering Inquiry is done but does anyone care? And a roundup of a bunch of national and other stories.


    * Cullen Commission Reports

    * Long-awaited report on money laundering in BC to be released today | CBC News

    * Ian Mulgrew: Cullen commission report on B.C. money laundering ‘an enormous opportunity missed’

    * BCCLA Reacts: Civil Liberties Group Disappointed by Cullen Commission Report into Money Laundering

    * Mélanie Joly’s office knew that senior official would be at Russian embassy party – The Globe and Mail

    * Bill Blair says police did not ask for Emergencies Act | CTV News

    * Heritage minister says online-streaming bill’s progress ‘important’ as Tories warn of ‘undemocratic’ fast-tracking – The Globe and Mail

    * Ottawa touts $8.9-billion plan to help Canadians battered by inflation, as critics pan announcement as ‘unacceptable’   

    * Angus Reid Premier Approvals

    * Landing with a ‘thud’: Royal Museum rebuild causes political mess for NDP government, but BC Liberals yet to capitalize – Angus Reid Institute

    * Toronto, Vancouver selected among host cities for 2026 World Cup, Edmonton snubbed | CBC Sports  

    Image credit: Flickr/bcgovphotos

    Ep 293: The numbers don’t add up

    Ep 293: The numbers don’t add up

    The BC Liberals consider a name change, the federal Conservatives talk membership numbers and reports covering heat deaths, freedom of information and elections.

    Segment 1: A record breaking race

    Conservative leadership: More than 600,000 may vote in race | CTV News

    Conservative leadership hopeful Pierre Poilievre tables bill to ban COVID-19 vaccine mandates

    Brown says he won’t run for the Conservatives if Poilievre wins the leadership

    5 of 6 Conservative leadership candidates open to another debate

    Segment 2: Damning reports round up

    Report: Extreme Heat and Human Mortality: A Review of Heat-Related Deaths in BC in Summer 2021

    Coroner’s report on B.C. heat-dome deaths calls for greater support for populations at risk

    Heat dome report includes “no recommendations” to keep people safe this summer, says critic


    Access to BC government information rooted in culture of secrecy, MLA committee hears – Economy, Law & Politics | Business in Vancouver

    Report Meeting New Challenges: Recommendations from the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada following the 43rd and 44th General Elections

    Recommendations: Meeting New Challenges: Recommendations from the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada following the 43rd and 44th General Elections

    Politics Chief electoral officer says it should be illegal to spread misinformation about voting

    Quick Takes

    BC Liberal convention to focus on party name change | Vancouver Sun

    BC Liberal Party Convention 2022 – Register Today!

    BC government delays some school upgrades due to shortage of capital cash | Globalnews.ca

    Canada and Denmark reach settlement over disputed Arctic island – The Globe and Mail

    • 58 min
    Ep 292: Drugs not guns

    Ep 292: Drugs not guns

    Live reactions to Ontario’s election results, you can have drugs, you can’t have guns and the Legislature wraps for the spring.

    * Ontario Election Results 2022

    * Independent Bobbi Ann Brady leading in Haldimand-Norfolk | CTV Kitchener  

    * Top Doug Ford Adviser Sent Premier’s Office Backchannel Message About Meeting With Russian Government

    * BC receives exemption to decriminalize possession of some illegal drugs for personal use

    * BC to decriminalize possession of small amounts of ‘hard’ drugs such as cocaine, fentanyl and heroin – The Globe and Mail

    * Exemption from Controlled Drugs and Substances Act: Personal possession of small amounts of certain illegal drugs in British Columbia (January 31, 2023 to January 31, 2026) – Canada.ca


    * Canadians Split on Decriminalization of Possession of Narcotics, Prostitution | Ipsos

    * Government tables bill to limit handguns, pledges to buy back assault-style weapons | CBC News

    * Matt Gurney: Trudeau’s Goldilocks moment, but for pistols instead of porridge

    * Bill C-21

    * Gun Deaths by Country 2022

    * Legislative session focused on building stronger BC for everyone

    * Vaugn Palmer’s criticisms of BC Ferries changes

    * BC investing more than $2.4 billion in Metro Vancouver transit improvements | BC Gov News

    * Trudeau government has adopted dozens of secret cabinet orders since coming to power | CBC News

    * Opposition MPs call for more transparency about secret orders-in-council | CBC News

    * Trudeau government defends its use of secret orders-in-council | CBC News

    Ep 291: Wagged by Doug

    Ep 291: Wagged by Doug

    Ontario goes to the polls next week. The election has been pretty boring – like most pandemic elections – and it looks like Doug Ford is set to cruise to re-election with another majority government. Queen’s Park Today and Wag the Doug’s Allison Smith joins us from Toronto to break down how we got here.

    Then the business case for the Royal BC Museum redevelopment is out. We react to the parts that weren’t redacted.


    * Find Allison Smith @QueensParkToday (and subscribe!)

    * Confidential NDP memo insists they have the momentum to stop Doug Ford

    * Business case released for modern, new museum | BC Gov News

    * Downtown Museum Busines Case

    * Minister defends pricey rebuild of Royal BC Museum, says ‘there is a risk to doing nothing’ | CBC News 

    * Melanie Mark posts chart of options considered in 2018

    * How the BC NDP will make it impossible to cancel the $1 billion Royal BC Museum plan 

    * Tom Hawthorn thread on 2010 opportunity to rebuild the museum

    * Canada bans Chinese tech giant Huawei from 5G network

    * Western countries considering whether to let Russian oligarchs buy relief from sanctions | CBC News

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
95 Ratings

95 Ratings

Andrew Eisenberg ,

Essential listening for anyone interested in BC politics

The hosts have an intelligent and unbiased discussion of whatever is most important in BC and Canadian politics every week. It is entertaining and enlightening.

JaeGwanPark ,

Best Western Podcast

The best Canadian podcast from the west. The Strategists have nothing on Ian and Scott!

Annie2anns ,

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!

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