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Former political staffers Sam Andrey, Chris Martin, Alvin Tedjo and Alexi White used to give advice to Ontario cabinet ministers. Join them for a regular, open, and frank discussion on the policy and strategy behind current political events in Ontario.

Former political staffers Sam Andrey, Chris Martin, Alvin Tedjo and Alexi White used to give advice to Ontario cabinet ministers. Join them for a regular, open, and frank discussion on the policy and strategy behind current political events in Ontario.
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Former political staffers Sam Andrey, Chris Martin, Alvin Tedjo and Alexi White used to give advice to Ontario cabinet ministers. Join them for a regular, open, and frank discussion on the policy and strategy behind current political events in Ontario.




Do you know who I am? I'm your $#@ing podcast

Alexi, Sam and Chris dive into the latest in Ontario politics, including the continued bungling of autism, Minister Lisa MacLeod's continued bungling of public life, a victory for the carbon tax in court, Stephen Lecce's goading of Ontario's teachers, oh - and Whitney Houston.


We the North99

Kate and Chris sit down with North99 co-founder Taylor Scollon to talk about the impact of social media in our politics. North99 is an online community of progressive political activists that's pushing Canada's left-leaning political parties to adopt a bolder policy agenda, as well as taking on the right-wing social media machine. Can social media be used for good? Find out.


Ain't No Muffle in this Cabinet Shuffle

Kate, Alexi, Sam and Chris pick apart Doug Ford's massive cabinet shuffle, and try to take you into what the Premier and his senior staff might have been thinking when they made these high-profile moves. Kate, Chris and Sam outline how they would have shuffled Cabinet.


It's no drag if it's in a mail bag

Kate, Sam and Chris dive into thorny listener-submitted questions on everything from parliamentary reform, to social media, to the conversations we should be having about revenue in Ontario. A new Ontario Loud fan club president is named.


How to change a political party

Chris and Sam take you inside the 2019 Ontario Liberal Party general meeting, but more importantly inside the movement for change that came looking to reform the party, and ultimately fell short of their goals. This is a story about hope, disappointment, and needing to move forward because the stakes are too high.


Politics, Struggles, Feelings: Running for Premier with Kathleen Wynne

As the Ontario Liberal Party kicks off it's leadership race, former Premier Kathleen Wynne sits down with Chris, Sam, Alexi and Kate to talk about what it takes to run, what you need to win, and what it's going to take to take on Doug Ford in 2022.


Ontario Loud Confessions

Kate, Alexi, Alvin and Sam reflect on Sam Oosterhoff's very bad, no good, terrible May, and some of their own mistakes as young political staff. Alvin makes a special announcement.


The Bestimate Cuts

As a bonus episode to take you into your weekend, Kate, Sam, Alexi, Alvin and Chris talk about all the cuts that we read about in the province's release of the 2019 budget estimates, which are the gory details of the budget they release three weeks after the pomp and circumstance of the actual budget document.


A Green Party New Deal

Abacus Data CEO unveils new data that the Green Party of Canada is getting some of it's best polling results ever. Chris, Alvin, Alexi and Kate talk with David to understand what's driving this trend, and why the progressive movement in Canada is so prone to splintering.


Bonus Pod: A Doug Ford Transit Update

So we took a short break this week, but shortly after recording our last podcast, Doug Ford released new legislation that gives the province new powers to upload new transit projects outside of any agreement with the city of Toronto. Chris sat down with Cam from CodeRedTO to dive into the new legislation, while the rest of the pod re-calibrates and gets ready for a whole Spring and Summer's worth of new content for you.


Episode 26: Subways! Subways! Subways!

Friends... it's time to get to the bottom of just what the everloving heck our Premier is doing with transit in Toronto. Does Doug Ford have a coherent vision for transit? Could some parts of that vision be good? What will it mean for riders? Answers to all those questions and more with special guests Cameron MacLeod and Dr. Patricia Wood.


Episode 25: Alberta, PEI, Patrick Brown, Fern Gully and the Lorax

Chris, Alvin, Sam, Alexi and Kate dissect the recent election results in Alberta and PEI and what they could mean for the Liberals come October. They also get into the latest Patrick Brown scandal (who thought that could still be a thing?), the Ford government's gutting of Environmental protections and public health, and some classic movies. Also, Kate Hammer is here to stay! (Yay!)


Episode 24: Ontario's own Mueller report

While the world feverishly pours through Bob Mueller's report on the wrongdoings of the Trump white house, let Sam take you through the lesser-known findings of Ontario Integrity Commissioner David Wake's inquiry into the attempted hiring of Doug Ford friend Ron Taverner. The stakes may not be quite as high, but the parallels are striking. Also Alvin makes some important points about how Quebec is proposing to trample all over the charter of rights and freedoms.


Episode 23: Cool Uncle Doug's Budget

Kate Hammer joins Alexi, Chris and Alvin again to dissect Ontario Budget 2019. Do you like Booze? Do you like cuts to vital public services? Do you like the game of Cricket? Then there's something in this budget for you.


Episode 22: The Budget Cometh Before the Storm

Ever wondered what goes into making a provincial budget? Former Premier's Office advisor Kate Hammer joins Alexi, Sam, Alvin and Chris to take you inside the process, how it works, what it lacks, and what to expect from Doug Ford's first Ontario Budget. The team also talks about the Ford government's abandonment of decency on the overdose prevention file.


Episode 21: Building Resilience

Former policy chief to Premiers Wynne and McGuinty Karim Bardeesy joins the pod to talk about Minister Lisa Thompson's plan to "reform education" by increasing class size, and the impacts that the new plan will have on learning, student success and school closures.


Episode 20: I like it when you call me big pharma

Health and finance policy expert Garima Talwar Kapoor joins the pod to dive into the 2019 Federal Budget. Chris, Alvin, Alexi and Sam spar over what the best, worst and most obscure measures in the budget were, and what it will mean for the 2019 Federal Election, and Garima shares her insights on what the movement on a national pharmacare plan will mean for you.


Episode 19: Refugee Claimants and Migration

Chris, Alvin, Sam and Alexi dive into the world of refugee claimants in Canada and Ontario, which we feel is particularly important given the recent anti-immigrant, anti-muslim terrorism in New Zealand. Chris interviews Anne Woolger, Founding Director of the Matthew House resettlement service, and the whole team discusses what the province and federal government should be doing to improve service to one of our most vulnerable populations.


Episode 18: SNC Lavalife

So we couldn't resist diving into the juicy and confusing political morass of the SNC Lavalin scandal currently rocking the Trudeau Liberal government. Chris, Alvin, and Alexi reflect on their experience as political staffers in Ontario's Liberal government, and what that experience could tell us about the events unfolding in Ottawa... which is still in Ontario so it counts!


Episode 17: Things are too PC these days

Alexi, Alvin, Sam and Chris sit down with former Harper advisor Sean Speer to talk about the past, present and future of Ontario's Progressive Conservative Party, touching on populism, conservative thinking, and Doug Ford's affinity for Blu Ray, vans, and messing up the autism file.