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Pod Keep Our Land

Erin, Matthew and Pat discuss politics in Canada and its provinces.

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Ont. Minimum Wage | Military Procurement | MP Harrassment | Beyak Sacked | BC Liberal Race | ALR Commission

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Buckle up gumshoes, because our intrepid detectives Erin, Matthew and Pat are back on the case. They examine whether the Wynne Government's $15 minimum wage increase really is stealing jobs from hard working Ontarians, and try and figure out whether the hubbub over shipbuilding and fighter jet procurement is really warranted. In Ottawa, they hunt for clues on who is harrassing female MPs and staffers, and review some of the vile things that Senator Beyak did to get her kicked out of the Tory caucus. Back in BC, 5 men and 1 woman are vieing for the Liberal leadership, one Vicky (the Slick) Huntington has nabbed herself a key appointment on the new Agricultural Land Reserve Review Commission, and close the Pod Keep Our Land cold case on funding for PrEP. 

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By-elections | Kent Hehr | Supreme Court | Zussmann | Squamish Election | Site C

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Erin, Matthew and Pat are back for their last episode of the year. They review the by-election results, check in with Minister Hehr's bout of foot-in-mouth disease, and peruse some hirings and firings - specifically the Supreme Court appointments and Richard Zussmann's dismissal from the CBC. Finally, in their main event, they discuss the Horgan government's approval of the Site C Dam. 

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Heckling | National Day of Remembrance | Federal By-elections | BC Liberal Race | Apologies | Child Poverty | National Housing Strategy | Tickle Trunks

In a heavy and jam packed episode, Erin, Matthew and Pat see why an MP was sent out of the house, check in on a couple of elections, review the federal apologies to residential school survivors in Newfoundland and Labrador and LGBTQ+ members of the civil service, take a look at the Child Poverty report from First Call, and herald the return of the federal government to the housing table. 

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Legislative Name Calling - Julie Payette Remarks - Promise Tracker - TPP Negotiations

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Erin, Matthew and Pat check in on the new Mayor of Montreal and the current mobility pricing consultation ongoing in MetroVancouver before getting to the meat of the episode - Speaker Plecas' ruling on 'mock ministerial titles'. They debate whether or not Governor General Payette's remarks were inappropriate or simply ill-advised, serve you up their hot takes on the federal Liberal mandate tracker, and review what just went on at the TPP negotiations in Vietnam. 

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NAFTA Negotiations - Site C Dam Report - Municipal Election Financing - News Bytes

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In the news bytes, Erin, Matthew and Pat check in on the recent petition circulating on allowing people to keep their pets in buildings, and the new law passed in Ontario that prohibits protests within 150m of an abortion clinic. They also examine what the new changes to municipal electoral finance rules might mean for the Vancouver election. The BCUC report on the Site C Dam project is put under scrutiny, and Matthew and Pat debate whether the project should go ahead. Finally, the team takes a deep dive into the NAFTA renegotiations, currently underway between Canada, the USA, and Mexico. 

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Legislative Drafting - Vancouver By-Election - Fish Farms - Bremner Interview

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Erin and Matthew conclude last week's chat with discussions on the Vancouver By-election, fish farms, and the changes to accessing the legislative drafting office for political parties. Then, Matthew interviews Hector Bremner after his victory, getting into why he thinks that "The rent is high because there's no supply", and how he intends to fix it. 

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Gord Downie - BC Liberal Debate - Persons Day & #metoo - Quebec Face-Covering Ban

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Erin and Matthew sit down for a serious and silly discussion of current events. They talk about what the Tragically Hip meant to them, and their reactions to Gord Downie's passing. They canvass Bill Morneau's very bad week of tax loophole hypocricy, check in with the #metoo movement, and celebrate Persons Day! Finally, they settle in for a discussion of Bill 62, the anti-Muslim Quebec ban on face coverings while using public services. 

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Vancouver By-Election - Electoral Reform - PrEP & PharmaCare - Jagmeet Singh NDP Leader

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Erin, Matthew and Pat dive deep into the Vancouver Municipal By-Election that fills the Council seat left by Geoff Meggs, Premier Horgan's new Chief of Staff, and the School Board vacancies created by firing the entire school board. They then review the announcement of next fall's electoral reform referendum, and examine the Ministry of Health's response to calls to fund the HIV prevention drug Truvada. Finally, they cover the stunning first-ballot victory of the new NDP leader, Jagmeet Singh. 

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Marijuana Consultation - Premier Approval Ratings - BC Liberal Leadership Race - Federal Tax Changes

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Erin, Matthew and Patrick urge you to fill out the BC Marijuana survey at http://engage.gov.bc.ca/BCcannabisregulation/, then go on to discuss the ups and downs of the premier approval ratings, and who is running for BC Liberal Leadership (Everybody, apparently!). They then take a deeper dive into the federal tax changes around income sprinkling and corporate capital gains. 

Just remember, if it's good for mines, it's good for geese!

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While Erin basks in sunny California, Matthew and Pat struggle along with a podcast about the duelling Site C reports, the cancellation of the bridge to replace the George Massey Tunnell, and the NDP's first (mini) budget since 2001. 

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