This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’ll be ping-ponging between matters at home and abroad. In Canada, the leader of the NDP will finally be back in the Commons after winning one of three contentious by-elections, and in Ontario, controversies continue to pile up for the provincial government. Meanwhile, in Vietnam, two world leaders are meeting to accomplish something, while “something” seems to be exactly what we got from the Vatican’s meeting on sex abuse last week. Yay! More good news!! Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday February 28, 2019”
What an exciting time to be in political-centric radio! This week on Open Sources Guelph, there’s is so much friction to observe and report on, and we begin with the emergency leadership race of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, who are being asked to choose between two talented and accomplished women, and Doug Ford. Also, we’ll talk about how the shiny happy future of NDP leadership might actually be tearing the country apart (in parts). Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday February 8, 2018”
While everything seems to have settled from last October’s Federal Election, the people of Whitby-Oshawa are about to catch election fever all over again, this time in a provincial way. The Liberal government officially called the race to replace former Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Christine Elliott Wednesday, and the election date is set for February 11. Continue reading “By-Election Called in Whitby-Oshawa”
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. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday May 14, 2015”
Several weeks ago, I wrote about the chances of Barrie MP Patrick Brown becoming leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party and largely dismissed them. Surely, the PCs of our fair province wouldn’t go for the remix version of Tim Hudak over someone with the experience, tact, and legacy of Christine Elliott? I guess I don’t know Ontario PCs as well as I thought I did.
Winning handily by a margin of 61.8 per cent to 38.2 per cent, Brown now has the unenviable task of in just three short years rebuilding the PC Party in Ontario and making them election ready to unseat the ruling Liberals, who will likely still be lead by the Premier, Kathleen Wynne, in 2018. But the question is, can a federal backbencher with a decade-long career having seemingly done nothing to distinguish himself hope to combat two veteran provincial politicians on their own ground? Especially when he doesn’t have a seat in Queen’s Park yet? Continue reading “Him? Yes, Somehow, Patrick Brown is the Leader of Ontario’s PCs”
Monte McNaughton pulled the plug on his campaign to be leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario last week, which is okay because really the biggest name he had on his side was one Robert Bruce Ford. “I’m tired of seeing the same-old, same-old people running our party — that’s why we haven’t won an election since 1999,” said the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP after stepping down. Here’s the problem, neither McNaughton, nor that man that has received his endorsement, Patrick Brown, exactly represent the new-different, new-different voice that McNaughton was referring to. Continue reading “EDITORIAL – The PCs Can’t Win Ontario By Doubling Down on Tea Party Politics”
Got nothing better to do today? Want to revel in the four previous years of Toronto politics and relive the glory days of Ford Nation? Want to support a provincial politician that doesn’t know when to quit? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you may want to head out to Woodbine Banquet Hall in Toronto for a campaign event with Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Monte McNaughton, and former Toronto Mayor and gossip magnet Rob Ford later today. Continue reading “Monte & RoFo: Uncomfortably Together to the End”