Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday September 5, 2019

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’re all like “When are you going to call an election, Justin!” But seriously, folks, there’s lots of serious stuff to discuss. The battle between the NDP and Green Party for the hearts and minds of Canadian progressives just got hotter, the legal battle over the carbon tax marches on in spite of common sense, everything about Donald Trump battles for our attention, and the Brexit situation in the U.K. has somehow managed to become a bigger battle. Put your serious faces on, this is going to be a rough one.

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

A Green Rebellion. In New Brunswick on Tuesday, 14 former and current NDP candidates threw their support behind the provincial and federal Green Parties. Why? They’re feeling a bit ignored by the Federal NDP leader. In fact, an NDP organizer who also left the party said that there is no path to victory for the NDP in Atlantic Canada, which is not the message you want to be sending days ahead of an election campaign. What’s behind this Green insurgency, and why is the NDP struggling so hard right now?

Carbon Freeze II. Despite two loses in two different courts, legal attacks on the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA) continue as the Government of Ontario has announced that they will proceed with a Supreme Court challenge. So is this going to play well for the Liberals in the Federal Election campaign? Will the challenges to the GGPPA only end with a change in government? And what happens to all these legal challenges should the Liberal government get re-elected?

Fatigue State. Is following American politics tiring you out? What might have once been a fun distraction now almost feels like a full-time job in the “Age of Trump” (copyright likely pending from the Trump Org). Pundits have recently started to wonder if this fatigued state might have a negative effect on never-Trumpers and Trump supporters alike because the non-stop drumbeat of scandals, controversies and tweets is just turning people off the process. Is “Trump Fatigue” a real threat to American democracy?

“Not a Good Start, Boris.” U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who, again, was chosen by less than 100,000 Conservative Party members to lead the tens of millions of people in his country, decided that one of his first moves as PM should be another undemocratic measure. Johnson told the Queen that he intends to prorogue Parliament, but Parliament isn’t letting that happen without a fight, and it’s a fight that already lost Johnson his majority in the House. Having said that, is their any room for Brexit to get crazier?

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

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