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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.

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.




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

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...


BC’s Electoral Reform with Prof. Daniel Westlake

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 :) *If you like what you hear and you think it’s important, please...


Electoral Reform with Prof. Daniel Westlake

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...


How Canada Got Started with Nathan Walsh

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...


Bob Warwick: on Managing a Provincial MLA Campaign to Working with the Greens between Elections – GT008

Bob Warwick and I take a few moments to sit down and talk about what it was like for him to manage BC Green Candidate Dr. Chris Maxwell's campaign during the 2017 Provincial Election in BC. Then we get into what goes on with political parties between elections and what it's like being a part of that on the Green side of things provincially and federally. We also talk about his almost Math degree - which is a nicely comical story... among lots of other little tidbits. We had a great time and...


Elections: From Campaign Start to Elected Government with Andrew Reeve – GT007

Andrew Reeve returns to talk about elections and what happens on either side of one. Starting from when the campaigning begins as the Writ is Dropped and the current Government is dissolved, to what happens on election day and how to follow it. Then we get into our current 2017 BC Election and the different scenarios that could occur, regardless of how things actually do turn out. I found it all super interesting and insightful, and I hope you do as well. Thanks for listening & Until next...


Running ‘Independent’ at 21 with Jordan Templeman – GT006

It was a refreshing to sit down and chat with Independent Candidate and 21 year old Political Science student Jordan Templeman. I enjoyed hearing his well considered thoughts on all the major issues, the major political parties and his experience so far running in this election. It was encouraging and inspiring.... and I definitely learned a lot once again. We covered many of the same topics from my chats with Dr. Chris Maxwell and Andrew Reeve, but from yet another perspective - the...


Voting & Political Insights with Andrew Reeve – GT005

This chat with Andrew was really fun and I learned a ton! He is great at explaining things and has quite the resume which he skims through during our chat. Andrew is a Political Science graduate from the University of Victoria who works in the Whip's Office at the Legislature. He is also currently the Campaign Manager for Esquimalt-Metchosin Liberal Candidate Barb Desjardins for the coming 2017 BC Election on May 9th. (** I should note that all of the thoughts and opinions he gives here are...


Running Green with Dr. Chris Maxwell – GT004

I had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with scientist Dr. Chris Maxwell, who has taken a quick turn from the science world to see what the political spectrum has to offer as the BC Green Party Candidate for the Victoria-Swan Lake riding. We start off talking about this switch and the things that influenced the decision, including his family history & raising a young son. He tells the great little story of how he "Joined" the BC Green Party... sometimes an email is all it takes......


“Municipal Government” with City Councillor Jeremy Loveday – GT003

In this episode I got to sit down with Victoria City Councillor Jeremy Loveday. I found it pretty enlightening how the city runs itself, and our level of input or lack thereof (which is on us), not to mention how his job has a very minimal 'actual' job description. We cover a bunch of ground, including: municipal vs provincial/federal; what the municipal government takes care of and how they do it; biweekly council meetings; our current housing crisis; how major donations in politics &...


The Basics of Voting (BC Provincial Election) – GT002

I'm back with Ryan Steele from the first episode - he works at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia as a Senior Systems Analyst, and in this episode we talk about the basics of the current system of voting for the provincial government here in BC. The next BC election takes place in May - so it's time to get some insight and we're starting here with the basics. I'm on a bit of a learning curve here (with interviewing & learning about government) - things will get smoother, but in the...


The Provincial Structure – GT001

Ryan Steele works at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia as a Senior Systems Analyst. His time there has allowed him to get a good understanding of how the provincial government is set up. He lays out the structure of the provincial government, giving a good basis for me to start from. Thanks for listening & I hope you enjoy! *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...