We’re chock full of surprises this week on Open Sources Guelph. We go from one surprise in the U.K., where the election went well for the incumbent but somewhat less well for everyone else, to surprise in Ontario where the guy least likely to succeed, succeeded, to surprise moves in Ottawa which may have a big impact on this October’s election. Somewhat less surprising is trouble with Ontario’s teachers, but what is suprising is that on a show co-hosted by the long-running host of CFRU’s The Working Week it took us this long to talk about it.
This Thursday, May 14, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:
1) Let My Cameron Go. In a surprise upset, David Cameron and the Conservatives were re-elected in the United Kingdom general election last week, this despite the fact there was dissatisfaction with austerity and other policies of the Cameron government. What are we too make of this? Or the rise of the Scottish National Party? Or UKIP’s third place election victory? Or the collapse of the Liberal Democrats? And is the U.K. now not long for the European Union? We’ll talk about all of that.
2) Brownie, You’ve Got a Heckuva Job! – In another surprise upset, Barrie MP Patrick Brown came out of nowhere to win the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party over the heir apparent, Christine Elliott. But there are a lot of challenges ahead for the PCs, and many of them come from their new leader’s record, or lack there of. Are the Liberals laughing all the way to the ballot box in 2018, or does Brown have the time and commitment to win Ontario voters?
3) Be Cruel to Your School. There’s teacher trouble across Ontario. High school teachers in three boards have been walking the picket line for weeks, and elementary school teachers are working to rule. With the school year in jeopardy, the governing Liberals, and our own local MPP and Education Minister Liz Sandals, seem to be holding the line on concessions, so whose resolve will break first, the teachers or the government, and how long will parents put up with the face-off?
4) Of Debates and Performance Art. An exclusive report revealed this week that a French performance artist name Chris Lloyd had been acclaimed as the Conservative candidate in Papineau, AKA: the riding currently being represented by Liberal leader Justin Trudeau. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is doing some performance art of his own, opting out of the traditional leaders’ debates put on by a consortium of Canadian broadcasters in favour of more “boutique” debates being mounted by individual media outlets. So now what, Ottawa?
Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.