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Ontario Loud is a political commentary podcast hosted by Chris Martin, Sam Andrey, Kate Hammer, and Alexi White. Between the four of us, we have given policy, political, and communications advice to Cabinet Ministers and Premiers.

Ontario Loud is an open conversation about life under the Ford government, the implications of government decisions, and the kinds of policies we think could make things better for people in Ontario and Canada.

We have a short discussions on a (hopefully) weekly basis about issues that matter in Ontario in a way that informs, critiques and reflects on current affairs.

You may have noticed that politics in 2018 can be ugly - even here in Ontario. As we give this internet-radio thing a try, here’s what we can promise:

  • We’ll keep it positive… but critical: There’s no way around critiquing the Ford government, but we’ll give credit where it’s due, and talk about policy alternatives that could paint a more positive future.
  • We’ll keep it informative… but acknowledge what we don’t know: We all have policy, communications, and political experience, but we don’t know everything. That’s why we’ll seek out expert advice and cite external evidence and research to back up our discussions.
  • We’ll keep it progressive… but will try not to be too partisan: We’re all recovering Liberal staffers who have put a lot into supporting a progressive vision for Ontario. However, that doesn’t mean we check our brains at the door, ignore valid criticisms of the party, or don’t want to hear from non-Liberals on the show. 

This is also probably a good place to clarify that this is not a production of the Liberal Party, federal or provincial. 

We don’t have key messages, we haven’t run this by them.

Feel free to get in touch with us to share your thoughts and opinions on our discussions. We hope you tune in!

Jun 18, 2019

Kate, Sam and Chris dive into thorny listener-submitted questions on everything from parliamentary reform, to social media, to the conversations we should be having about revenue in Ontario. A new Ontario Loud fan club president is named. 


Jun 13, 2019

Chris and Sam take you inside the 2019 Ontario Liberal Party general meeting, but more importantly inside the movement for change that came looking to reform the party, and ultimately fell short of their goals. This is a story about hope, disappointment, and needing to move forward because the stakes are too high. 


Jun 4, 2019

As the Ontario Liberal Party kicks off it's leadership race, former Premier Kathleen Wynne sits down with Chris, Sam, Alexi and Kate to talk about what it takes to run, what you need to win, and what it's going to take to take on Doug Ford in 2022. 


May 29, 2019

Kate, Alexi, Alvin and Sam reflect on Sam Oosterhoff's very bad, no good, terrible May, and some of their own mistakes as young political staff. Alvin makes a special announcement. 


May 25, 2019

As a bonus episode to take you into your weekend, Kate, Sam, Alexi, Alvin and Chris talk about all the cuts that we read about in the province's release of the 2019 budget estimates, which are the gory details of the budget they release three weeks after the pomp and circumstance of the actual budget document.