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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!

Dec 10, 2019

Chris, Sam and Alexi discuss the current state of Ontario's education labour negotiations, the Ontario Liberal Leadership race, and the recent Auditor General's report that found Ontario will not meet its climate change goals. 

Dec 3, 2019

Alexi and Chris sit down with Alyssa Brierley from the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation to talk about all things affordable housing. Specifically, what should governments be doing if they wanted to start from the premise of "Housing as a Human Right"

Nov 19, 2019

Chris and Sam sit down with former Minister of Education and Ontario Liberal leadership hopeful Mitzie Hunter to talk about her plans for education, helping youth succeed, and to pick her brain about what the Ford government should be doing about teacher negotiations. You don't want to miss this one. 

Nov 19, 2019

Chris and Alexi talk about who is up and who is down in the Ontario Liberal fundraising and endorsement game, as well as dive into the many, but largely bland and uninteresting pages of the Ford government's 2019 Fall Economic Statement. 

Nov 12, 2019

Chris sits down with Ontario Liberal Leadership candidate Kate Graham to talk about her vision for a government focused on well-being, and how that means using the gas tax to build green transit all over Ontario.