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Ontario Loud is a political commentary podcast hosted by Chris Martin, Sam Andrey, Garima Talwar-Kapoor, Alvin Tedjo, and Alexi White. We all have experience giving policy, political, and communications advice to senior leaders in the Ontario government, including 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.

A bit of a mission statement for us: 

  • 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 11, 2018

Alexi, Alvin, Sam and Chris reflect on Doug Ford hiring his friends, the provincial controller resigning, and the over and under reported stories of 2018. Chris takes on Ontario Loud's first-ever book review too: talking about the highs and lows of Takedown: The Attempted Political Assassination of Patrick Brown.

Dec 5, 2018

Alexi, Sam and Chris dive into the wide world of Education, going over ten topics that have flown under the radar while we've been focused on fighting the repeal of the Sex Ed curriculum. Interested in Math scores, EQAO, Infrastructure, School Closures or Special Ed? This is the episode for you. 

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.