Open Sources Guelph is the only place where you’ll be able to hear long form interviews with each of the candidates running to represent Guelph in the 2018 Provincial Election, and it starts this week with two of the Guelphiest! First up is Juanita Burnett of that little party that could started in a Guelph farmhouse almost 100 years ago (the Communist Party). Second is a man also hoping to make history, and no stranger to the show, Mike Schreiner. The Green leader returns to make his case to be Guelph’s Member of Provincial Parliament.
This Thursday, May 17, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:
1) Carin’ Burnett. It’s not a Guelph election without a Communist Party candidate, and once again Juanita Burnett will carry that banner in 2018. Now, people may write off the Communists and their platform, but as Burnett reminded at the All-Candidates Debate last week, it wasn’t so long ago that her party was the only one promoting a $15 minimum wage. So the Communists got that one right, but what other policies might mainstream parties be able to steal from them in five years? We’ll discuss all that with Burnett, talk about the Guelph Communist tradition, and the issues that the main political parties aren’t really talking about in this election.
2) Magic Mike. It’s hard to find a candidate with more at stake this election than Green Party leader Mike Schreiner. Even before the writ was drawn up, Schreiner and local Greens were pulling out all the stops in Guelph in order to make history: get the first Green Party MPP elected in Ontario. History may be on Schreiner’s side, Guelph’s is an open race, and he’s worn a lot of shoe leather the last four years to get here. We’ll talk about all that with Schreinert, plus the potential for a green shift in the economy, balancing idealism and practicality, and what challenges he thinks he needs to resolve to win that seat at Queen’s Park.
Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.