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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!

Sep 25, 2019

Alexi, Kate, Chris, Sam and Aysha Anwar discuss the state of Canada's 43rd general election, and dive into the personal and political implications of the PM's brownface photos. Alexi also tells us a tale about how a conservative Ontario premier pretended the deficit was going to be $15B, and then it was actually...

Sep 17, 2019

Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation President Harvey Bischof joins the pod to talk about his experiences with Minister Stephen Lecce and the Ford government. Kate, Sam, Alexi and Chris talk Education, Children and Youth Service reviews, and Doug Ford's cuts to municipal governments. 

Sep 10, 2019

Ontario Loud kicks off election season by teaming up with Femme Wonk's Katie Davey and Dr. Kate Graham, host of the No Second Chances podcast, to tackle the roses and thorns of the federal government's record on feminism and gender equality. Also, one Kate in this group has joined the Ontario Liberal leadership race....

Sep 3, 2019

Ontario Loud's August break is coming to a close, and we are really excited to be coming back NEXT WEEK. Listen in for a brief overview of what you can expect from our upcoming season, as well as a one-time-only science fiction nerd-out about the new Star Trek Picard trailer.