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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!

May 29, 2020

Chris, Alvin, Garima and Sam talk about the news this week, from the gut-wrenching Canadian Forces report on conditions in Ontario's Long Term Care sector, to our greenhouse gas emissions increasing - it's been a week. Chris finds out through a convoluted process that he does not have COVID!

May 27, 2020

Author and professor Shirley Tillotson sits down with Alexi to talk about her book, Give and Take: a wildly interesting dive into how taxation has been shaped by politics over time, and vice versa. Think taxes are boring? Think again. 

May 22, 2020

Sam, Alvin, Alexi and Chris talk about this week's updates in the world of COVID-19, including Doug Ford "calling out" greedy landlords, the cancellation of the school year, the government's very easy simple reopening plan. 

May 21, 2020

Garima and Chris sit down with former Ontario Ministry of Finance Policy Director Alex Mazer to talk about what employers can do to ensure their employees don't lose access to a retirement safe from poverty, and enhance retirement security in Ontario moving forward.  

May 16, 2020

Alexi, Sam, Chris and Alvin talk about a potential inquiry into Long Term Care, the federal ban on assault rifles, Doug Ford's struggles with obeying his own emergency order, his cheesecake, and Stephen Lecce's messages to teens about prom.