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.
#17 - Spring legislative session, premier's office budget, and the imploding federal Greens.
We review what was accomplished as the spring session of the B.C. legislature ends, kick around whether the rising budget of the premier's office is a big deal and dig into why the federal Green party is imploding and what it might mean for the upcoming federal election.
In our podcast extras this week, we jump back into the time machine to June 2018 when Attorney General David Eby released the rules into the proportional representation referendum - did that kill PR on the spot, and what would B.C. politics look like had it passed? Host Rob Shaw is joined by his regular political panel: Maclean Kay, Jillian Oliver and Katy Merrifield.
#16 - First Nations and old growth logging, U.S. cruise ships and more.
Rob Shaw is joined by Katy Merrifield, Maclean Kay and Jillian Oliver to discuss all the latest in B.C. politics, as well as this week's Hot Take question: Should politicians ever cross the floor, or is that the political kiss of death? Our podcast extra topics cover a new B.C. Liberal postmortem into the 2020 election loss, and the launch of Michael Lee's B.C. Liberal leadership campaign. Plus Rob has a spicy hot take on the controversy over MLA Renee Merrifield's tabling of a petition by angry parents opposed to masks in schools.
#15 - Residential schools, BC's new forestry plan and the overdose crisis
Green MLA Adam Olsen delivers a powerful speech to the legislature on residential schools, our panel analyzes Premier John Horgan's new forestry plan and we explore why political parties won't cooperate to tackle the public health crisis on overdose deaths. Plus, a callback to a dramatic 24 hours in the house around Speaker Darryl Plecas in 2019. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jillian Oliver and Maclean Kay this week.
#14 - A deep dive into B.C.'s restart 2.0 plan, plus old growth protests in the Premier's riding
How does B.C.'s long-awaited restart plan change the political landscape? Premier John Horgan is facing heavy pressure due to protests in his riding against old growth logging at Fairy Creek, so why isn't he responding? Plus a callback segment on the "rugby summit" between Horgan and Andrew Weaver in 2017 and how it set the stage for an NDP-Green power-sharing deal. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jillian Oliver, Maclean Kay and special guest this week Marie Della Mattia.
#13 - Kevin Falcon leadership, BC vaccine passports and Alaska bypasses BC on cruise ships
Former finance minister Kevin Falcon launches his leadership bid with a giant target on his back, what should he do next? BC confirms its developing a vaccine passport but are the privacy concerns enough to derail the idea? And an angry Alaskan congressional delegation makes Premier John Horgan the villain as they pass legislation to bypass BC during cruise ship season - how did that get so out of control so quickly? Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jillian Oliver and Katy Merrifield to break down the latest in BC politics - with an extended audio podcast discussion about leadership campaigns and a callback to the 2013 BC election, when everything started to change...
#12 - B.C. hides COVID-19 data, Ottawa's confusion on vaccines and political parties debate public funding.
B.C. is caught withholding vast amounts of COVID-19 data from the public - why would it do this? A federal advisory committee on vaccines embarrass itself by issuing confusing information on AstraZeneca vaccines. B.C. politicians debate whether to continue giving their own political parties a per-vote subsidy, and we break down the latest fundraising numbers. Rob Shaw debates the week in politics with panelists Maclean Kay and Katy Merrifield - (Jillian is returning next week).