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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!

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. 

May 21, 2019

Abacus Data CEO unveils new data that the Green Party of Canada is getting some of it's best polling results ever. Chris, Alvin, Alexi and Kate talk with David to understand what's driving this trend, and why the progressive movement in Canada is so prone to splintering. 

May 14, 2019

So we took a short break this week, but shortly after recording our last podcast, Doug Ford released new legislation that gives the province new powers to upload new transit projects outside of any agreement with the city of Toronto. Chris sat down with Cam from CodeRedTO to dive into the new legislation, while the rest...

May 7, 2019

Friends... it's time to get to the bottom of just what the everloving heck our Premier is doing with transit in Toronto. Does Doug Ford have a coherent vision for transit? Could some parts of that vision be good? What will it mean for riders? Answers to all those questions and more with special guests Cameron MacLeod...