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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!

Jul 30, 2019

In our first talk with an OLP leadership candidate, Alvin Tedjo comes back to the Ontario Loud family for a deep dive on universal childcare. What impact will it have on the economy, childhood development, and the Ontario Political landscape? Find out why Alvin is so passionate about it, and why he hopes this idea...

Jul 23, 2019

Chris, Kate, Sam and Alexi reminisce on times Doug Ford called Ontarians on his cell phone, sometimes late at night (but does Ontario really need that love?). Also other important topics like cuts to Children's Aid Societies and the racism that is pervading our politics. 

Jul 10, 2019

Alexi, Sam and Chris dive into the latest in Ontario politics, including the continued bungling of autism, Minister Lisa MacLeod's continued bungling of public life, a victory for the carbon tax in court, Stephen Lecce's goading of Ontario's teachers, oh - and Whitney Houston. 

Jul 3, 2019

Kate and Chris sit down with North99 co-founder Taylor Scollon to talk about the impact of social media in our politics. North99 is an online community of progressive political activists that's pushing Canada's left-leaning political parties to adopt a bolder policy agenda, as well as taking on the right-wing social...