Things are about to be serious. All the political world (in Canada at least) is toying with the possibility that the 2015 Federal Election may starts as soon as this coming Sunday. That’s fine. Eleven weeks of campaigning can be brutal, but we here at Open Sources Guelph we can handle it, and this week we’ll continue the prep work by talking about the serious, and not-so-serious, issues that have popped up on our political radar this week. Senate reform, and big candidate news occupy the first half, while some new ugliness south of the border and the future of getting hither and yon make up the back half. So what specifically will we be talking about his week? Let’s find out. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday July 30, 2015”
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, long chastised by media and politicians from opposing parties for not seeming to have much in the way of policy, delivered a staggering amount of policy last week. Amongst Trudeau’s announcements was his intention, if his party forms the next government, to do away with the current electoral system of First Past the Post (FPTP). What it will be replaced by will be the determination of an all-party panel, but whether it’s ranked ballots, proportional representation, or something as yet unthought-of, many Canadians agree that change is good.
But while considering change, there’s still the small matter of the Canadian senate. Trudeau’s policy brief included a proviso for creating a committee to oversee Senate nominations, thus, hopefully, avoiding any future senatorial selections that seem like party payback for raising money or doing political favours. NDP leader Thomas Mulcair meanwhile has been emphatic, the Senate has got to go, and it’s not like it does any work anyway. I’m sure some senators would beg to differ in that appraisal, and even Mulcair’s own supporters, at least those who wanted Bill C-51 defeated, saw value enough in the senate to try and petition senators to use their constitutional power to stop its passage into law.
But while we consider electoral reform, and senate reform, I propose a simple question in regards to the process: why not both? Continue reading “Senate Reform? Electoral Reform? Why Not Both?”
Canada may be five hockey rinks surrounded by bears, but we have feelings too. It’s always big news when Canada gets a mention on an American political satire show like The Daily Show, it’s like we made it, but usually it’s when the bus goes completely off the cliff, like with the case of a certain Toronto mayor. And that’s why it was surprising that our little senate scandal got the attention of John Oliver, and he remarked on the Canadianness of our political scandals on his show Last Week Tonight. Continue reading “Uh-Oh. Someone Told John Oliver About the Senate Expense Scandal”
Unless our ship comes in, and we help our friend sell that expensive piece of art for a generous finders fee, Open Sources Guelph will be back on the air as usual on Thursday. This week, after sticking our hands in the muck of the Senate spending scandal, we will wax on the coming election as it’s shaping up here in the Royal City. Then, in the “Lightning Round,” we’ll discuss coffee and politics, carding and cops, and the return of an old frenemie thought forgotten in Federal politics. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday June 11, 2015”
What a week in politics! With the Trial of the Century finally underway, a federal budget coming down the pipe, and not just one, but two, provincial elections in the mix, there’s way too much to talk about this week. On top of it all, we scored a big interview with a prominent Canadian author about his provocative new book. Weren’t planning on listening to Open Sources Guelph this week? Well you should really change your mind about that. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday April 9, 2015”
It seems all we ever hear about these days is the scary world of Islamic extremists ready to watch the world burn, starting with Canada. Terrorism and concerns about terrorism have filled the news since Open Sources Guelph was last on the air a week ago, and the line between informing the public and scaring the public is getting progressively more blurry. In the meantime, government corruption moves back to the front burner as the sins of senate are further recounted, while the Ontario government looks to dig its way out of its scandals by selling off shares of Hydro One. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 12, 2015”