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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!

Feb 19, 2019

Alexi, Alvin, Sam and Chris talk about Maxine Bernier's party, the Ford government's continued bungling on class sizes and full-day kindergarten, and the overheated rhetoric of a lackluster Autism plan. Chris sits down with Stephanie Bertolo and Matthew Gerritts, two student leaders tasked with holding their...

Feb 15, 2019

Chris continues the conversation with former health Deputy Minister Bob Bell to talk privatization, the principles of the Canada health act, and how you could actually find savings in healthcare and improve outcomes. 

Feb 12, 2019

The NDP have revealed that Doug Ford has a secret plan to change everything in healthcare. Former Deputy Minister (Dr.) Bob Bell joins Chris, Alvin, Alexi and Sam to talk about the impact that the proposed "super agency" will have on patient care, and the politics and ethics of the leaked government plans. 

Feb 5, 2019

In the first of a series on the history and future of Ontario's three political parties, Alvin, Alexi and Chris sit down with Kate Graham to talk all things Liberal. What went wrong in the last election? What will it need to do to rebuild? Is there a role for a party occupying "the centre" moving forward?