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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, 2020

The Ford government is quietly pursuing a substantial overhaul of Ontario Works - Ontario's primary support mechanism for those who are deemed able to work but are not employed. The system has been broken for years, but Ford has a plan to change it. Will it be a good plan? Garima Talwar Kapoor joins to talk to us about...

Feb 12, 2020

Chris, Sam and Alexi go through the news, diving into the latest in Ontario's teacher strikes, Ontario's looming power shortages, the Ontario Liberal leadership race, and what the Financial Accountability Office says about Ontario's economy. 

Feb 5, 2020

OREA CEO and former Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak joins Sam and Chris to talk about OREA's housing supply action plan - a series of measures put forward to address housing supply in the province - a key contributor to unaffordable housing. Tim also makes fun of Chris' name and Chris & Sam's Beards.