Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday April 25, 2019

This week on Open Sources Guelph we learn again that elections have consequences. Here in Canada, we’ll look at the consequences of two very big provincial elections at either end of the country, and here in Ontario we’ll again look at what happens when you elect a party with no costed platform. But hey, it could be worse. The head of your government might be an unindicted co-conspirator who may only not be in jail right now because he’s President of the United States!

This Thursday, April 25 at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Green Nook. History was made in Prince Edward Island on Tuesday, just not the type of history that many people were hoping of expecting. The Progressive Conservatives won the most seats, but they’ll now oversee a minority legislature with the formerly governing Liberals now in third place and now former Premier Wade MacLauchlin unable to keep his own seats. Meanwhile, the Green Party is now the Official Opposition, and that makes us wonder what it means for Greens across Canada.

Jason Born. As predicted, Jason Kenney led the United Conservative Party to an easy majority victory in Alberta last week, and ended the Wild Rose Province’s brief flirtation with the NDP. Kenney immediately stated his intention to follow up on key campaign promises like cancelling the carbon tax and playing hardball with B.C. to get those pipelines built, while no one in Alberta seems particularly concerned about the quality of people they just elected to their legislature. So what next for Alberta?

Rescue 911. Premier Doug Ford has done it again, and by “it” when mean announce policy that’s made a lot of people upset and concerned. Along with a proposal to amalgamate provincial ambulances services, public health agencies will also stand to lose millions of dollars in funding over the next few years, which is giving Ontarians some shades of Walkerton and the political decisions that led to that tragedy. We’ll talk about the latest controversies from Queen’s Park.

Mueller’s Crossing. U.S. Attorney General William Barr finally released a redacted version of the final report by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, and the result is not “total and complete vindication” as President Donald Trump would like you to believe. Far from it. Now everyone is waiting to see what comes of the report as Democrats in the House keep pushing for more information, including the un-redacted report, and start debating about whether or not to impeach. So what’s next in this high stakes drama?

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

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