Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday June 14, 2018

It’s back to normal this week on Open Sources Guelph! While the election (one election) is over and done with, there’s still a lot to dissect after Thursday’s vote, and we will dissect all those details on multiple levels be they local, regional and provincial. And since the election has forced us to take a break from U.S. stuff for a while, we’ll check back in with our orange friend south of the border, who has now started mixing it up with Justin Trudeau, and just before he tried to see if he can make a new friend in North Korea.

This Thursday, June 14, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Us Vs Election Night. Yes, history was made on Election Night! Although the vote played out more or less as expected, the cold, hard numbers in the broad daylight took a lot of people by surprise. With 76 seats, the Progressive Conservatives are indisputably the majority government for Ontario for the next four years, but with no party platform to speak of, and a first time provincial politician at the helm, no one knows what the future is going to look like. We’ll look at how it all played out on Election Night, and what the election of a Doug Ford government says about the immediate future of Ontario, and maybe the country.

Ford Vs the Future. So Doug Ford is the Premier of Ontario. Though his one notable contribution as a city councillor in Toronto was a water front plan so laughable it was never heard from again after the day it was announced, Ford is now the leader of Canada’s biggest province. Forget the comparisons to Donald Trump, of which there are many, what we really need to ask ourselves is “What is Ford going to do for Ontario?” More importantly than that, what’s going to be done with a PC caucus with so many members embroiled in court cases? Or a PC caucus that was largely supported by a growing chorus of white supremacists?

Trump Vs Trudeau. All in the sudden, U.S. President Donald Trump found the enemy, and it was Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Just as the G7 summit was about to get underway in Quebec, Trump had one of his characteristic changes of heart, and slapped steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and the EU, which represents almost all of the G7. He then said that he doesn’t understand why Russia can’t be allowed back into the G7, which doesn’t look suspicious at all when you’re White House is being investigated for collusion. We’ll look at the Trump/Trudeau feud and why, in Canada anyway, Trudeau is winning.

Trump Vs Kim. It took many years months weeks to get here, but U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong-un finally came face-to-face in Singapore this week in a summit that was established quickly, cancelled suddenly, re-started somehow, and in which no one expected anything from. Trump said that he wasn’t preparing much for the summit, and when he got there he said “I know we’ll have tremendous success together and we’ll solve a big problem.” But will they? On the one hand, the new diplomatic relationship between the nations is good, but does Trump have the resolve to make something of it?

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

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