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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 26, 2019

Health and finance policy expert Garima Talwar Kapoor joins the pod to dive into the 2019 Federal Budget. Chris, Alvin, Alexi and Sam spar over what the best, worst and most obscure measures in the budget were, and what it will mean for the 2019 Federal Election, and Garima shares her insights on what the movement on a...

Mar 19, 2019

Chris, Alvin, Sam and Alexi dive into the world of refugee claimants in Canada and Ontario, which we feel is particularly important given the recent anti-immigrant, anti-muslim terrorism in New Zealand. Chris interviews Anne Woolger, Founding Director of the Matthew House resettlement service, and the whole...

Mar 12, 2019

So we couldn't resist diving into the juicy and confusing political morass of the SNC Lavalin scandal currently rocking the Trudeau Liberal government. Chris, Alvin, and Alexi reflect on their experience as political staffers in Ontario's Liberal government, and what that experience could tell us about the...

Mar 6, 2019

Alexi, Alvin, Sam and Chris sit down with former Harper advisor Sean Speer to talk about the past, present and future of Ontario's Progressive Conservative Party, touching on populism, conservative thinking, and Doug Ford's affinity for Blu Ray, vans, and messing up the autism file.