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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!

Nov 27, 2018

Alexi, Alvin and Chris sit down with Social Assistance expert and former Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) advisor John Stapleton to discuss the Ford government's plan to reform social assistance. There's a LOT they didn't tell you in the press release. 


Nov 20, 2018

Alexi, Sam and Chris pick apart the Fall Economic Statement, which is our first real glimpse into how the PC government plans to manage Ontario's budget. Spoiler alert: cuts are on the way, but join the discussion to understand why they're unnecessary, and how they convinced Ontario that the sky is falling.


Nov 13, 2018

Communications pro and former Queen's Park staffer Gabrielle Gallant joins Alexi and Chris to talk about Tony Clement, Jim Wilson, Andrew Kimber and all the creepy dudes lurking around in Ontario and Canadian Politics. How have Doug Ford and Andrew Scheer done? What can be done to keep political staff safe? Find out. 


Nov 6, 2018

Former Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn joins Sam, Alvin and Chris to discuss the Ford government's repeal of Bill 148, which covered minimum wage and employment standards. Mississauga Board of Trade CEO David Wojcik talks to Chris about how Bill 148 impacted small business.