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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!

Mar 31, 2020

As it changes our daily lives, COVID-19 is already changing our politics. Abacus Data CEO David Coletto joins the pod to talk about how the crisis is affecting Doug Ford's poll numbers, what the mood of the electorate is, and what room to move opposition parties have. 

Mar 25, 2020

Former Attorney General of Ontario Chris Bentley joins Ontario Loud to talk about the Ford government's changes to the legal system, cuts to Legal Aid, and why it is that justice is so hard to access in this province. 

Mar 20, 2020

Chris sits down (virtually) with Dr. Casey Park, a critical care physician at Toronto General Hospital to check in on how preparations for the expected influx of COVID-19 patients is going. How prepared is Ontario for the pandemic, what is he worried about, and how supported do frontline healthcare professionals feel...

Mar 16, 2020

What a difference a week can make. Last week we were three guys, now we're three guys + Garima Talwar Kapoor in the middle of a public health crisis! We talk COVID-19, Steven Del Duca's win, Ford's communications issues with Rape Crisis Centres, and all the money we spend on tax cuts that go to rich people. 

Mar 4, 2020

Chris, Sam, and Alexi discuss the Wet'suwet'en protests and associated blockades, and the impact they have had on our country, Doug Ford's continued difficulties creating a working license plate, and Canada's falling poverty rate! A packed episode for you. Listen in!