Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday April 9, 2015

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What a week in politics! With the Trial of the Century finally underway, a federal budget coming down the pipe, and not just one, but two, provincial elections in the mix, there’s way too much to talk about this week. On top of it all, we scored a big interview with a prominent Canadian author about his provocative new book. Weren’t planning on listening to Open Sources Guelph this week? Well you should really change your mind about that.

This Thursday, April 9, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz McWhinnie  and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) A Bleak House. Produced in association with RadiOPIRG, Open Sources got the chance to interview author Michael Harris, writer of the new book Party of One, which chronicles the scandals and missteps of the government of Stephen Harper. Harris will be in Guelph on April 19th, but Thursday you can hear, at least, some of his thoughts about the 2015 Federal Election, the Conservatives chances for re-election, and Harper’s enduring legacy as prime minister.

2) Great Expectations? Senator Mike Duffy’s hotly anticipated trial began this week, and it turned Ottawa upside down. What will he reveal? Who will be implicated? What insights will we get into the ultra-secretive workings of the Prime Minister’s Office? Or maybe this whole thing is just going overboard…

2) Oliver’s Twists. Finance Minister Joe Oliver finally announced a budget date: April 21. Exactly three weeks after the start of the new fiscal year, Oliver will tell Canadians how the Harper government will pay for all its promises and balance the budget despite the loss of oil revenue. On top of it all, Oliver wants to make it illegal to run a deficit. Is Oliver going just obsessed with the fiscal prudence, or is he performing some financial electioneering?

3) A Tale of Two Capital Cities. Prince Edward Island will go to the polls, and all eyes will be on rookie leaders Wade MacLauchlan of the Liberals, and Rob Lantz of the Progressive Conservatives. Is an upset in the works for the incumbent Grits? Meanwhile, Jim Prentice is making Albertans go to the polls a whole year early, looking for popular support for the PCs’ recent austerity budget. But really, can anything, at this point, break the 41 year streak of Alberta Tories?

Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.

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