Wednesday, February 23, 2011 | Categories: Episodes |
We're in B.C.!
This week's show will be dedicated to British Columbia politics.
Heading to British Columbia without getting a good primer on the province's political landscape would be ill-advised, no question about it. A province in the middle of two leadership races, where the Liberal brand means something pretty different depending on whether you're looking at federal or provincial politicians, and one that could play a crucial role in the outcome of the next federal election... There's a lot one needs to understand.
We thought David Mitchell would be the perfect person to bring our listeners up to speed. Mitchell served five years in the B.C. legislature, he's written books about British Columbia politics, and he's now the president of the Ottawa-based Public Policy Forum.
Here's his conversation with The House Senior Producer, Nick Gamache.
When he first got involved with the Fight HST campaign, along with former B.C. premier Bill Vander Zalm, Chris Delaney had no ideahow long that fight would take, or how much support it would get.
Well, it turns out the implementation of the Harmonized Sales Tax and the reaction to it have triggered a chain reaction and two leadership races.
The lead organizer of Fight HST talks to Senior Producer Nick Gamache about where the movement is at, and its potential impact on upcoming elections.
We couldn't come to British Columbia without talking about what was happening here at this time last year: the Vancouver Olympics.
Gary Lunn was a pretty busy guy at the time. The Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands and Minister of State for Sport became one of the (political) faces of the Games.
Senior Producer Nick Gamache sat down with Gary Lunn to talk about his memories of the Vancouver Olympics.