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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!

Jul 31, 2020

Chris, Alvin, Alexi, Garima and Sam celebrate Ontario Loud's 100th episode - if you count bonus pods and the Star Trek one (yes we all have regrets) by answering listener questions from the mailbag. We talk electoral reform, secrets at Queen's Park, what makes good and bad politicians, and much more. 

Jul 29, 2020

Talia Bronstein from the Daily Bread Food Bank and Sasha McNicoll from Community Food Centres Canada join the pod to discuss how Canada's social safety net has left millions of Canadians in the position of not being able to afford food. 

Jul 24, 2020

Alexi, Garima, Alvin and Chris talk about the latest COVID-19 developments, the FAO autism report, the unexpected floor PC caucus ejection, and give our predictions on a potential cabinet shuffle.

Jul 22, 2020

Robin Edger from the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment joins the pod to talk about how Canada can bounce back from COVID-19 and tackle climate change at the same time. A Green recovery has been proposed by Joe Biden in the States, what would it mean in Canada?

Jul 17, 2020

Politics returns to it's normal patter as Doug Ford sets across the province, Trudeau's Ministers are hauled in front of ethics panels, and Ontario re-opens. But in all of that, lots of important issues and opportunities for transformative change are getting lost.