The Agenda on Politics with John Michael McGrath
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Queen's Park reporter John Michael McGrath is here to help prepare you for the 2018 Ontario election. Join him as he talks with experts and journalists about the key issues that will influence the race.
||CleanQuestion period||On the season finale of The Agenda on Politics, the pod squad assembles for our first ever mailbag episode. John Michael McGrath answers your questions on everything #onpoli and #onelxn, from the role the polls played in the race to what official party||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Ontario 'youthquake'?||Guest: Jane Hilderman. With Ontarians heading to the polls, The Agenda on Politics focuses on one group of voters who could make a big difference in this election: millennials. This cohort is notorious for not voting, but they could be the key to victor||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoiled, rejected, and declined ballots||Have you ever wondered what a ballot tastes like? That's the question the Edible Ballot Society posed in 2000, and some of its members were fined as a result. Is there a better way to protest the vote? Matthew O'Mara and Michal Stein of The Agenda on Po||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn orange Ontario?||Guest: Kim Wright. The New Democrats have surged in the polls, putting them within striking distance of forming government. With one week to go until election day, Kim Wright joins us to talk about the NDP's recent success, its struggles in the past, an||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy absentee ballots matter||What do Canadian students, people in the military, and Canadians living abroad on temporary visas have in common? They can all vote in public elections with an absentee ballot. Matthew O'Mara and Michal Stein of The Agenda on Politics team talk to would||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanData-driven democracy||Guest: Elizabeth Dubois. Data and politics have always been intertwined, but in the age of social media we are giving up more information than ever - and political parties are taking advantage of that. University of Ottawa assistant professor Elizabeth||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho gets to vote in Canada?||It took over a hundred years for all Canadians to be given the right to vote, but even today people face obstacles reaching the ballot box. As Ontarians weigh their options for the upcoming election, Matthew O'Mara and Michal Stein of The Agenda on Poli||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe two Ontarios||Guest: Mike Moffatt. The province's economy is doing well at the moment, but how is that prosperity being spread around? Canada 2020's Mike Moffatt joins us to discuss what he calls the "Two Ontarios." What are the two Ontarios? Who lives there? And wha||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy do we vote in secret?||For weeks leading to elections, Ontarians follow the public campaigns; they weigh their options and make their decisions. Once at the ballot box, they vote in privacy, but it wasn't always that way. Matthew O'Mara and Michal Stein of The Agenda on Polit||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs blue the new orange in the northeast?||Guest: Claude Sharma. Northeastern Ontario is shaping up to be one of the most interesting regions in the provincial election. A 2016 byelection win in Sault Ste. Marie gave the Progressive Conservative party an opening, but the region has deep NDP root||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToronto's top transit priority||Guest: Andy Manahan. Overcrowding on the Yonge subway line is one of Toronto's more pressing transit issues, and it makes the need for a relief line all the more important. Andy Manahan, executive director of the Residential and Civil Construction Allia||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBusiness goes to the ballot box||Guest: Jan De Silva. The Toronto Region Board of Trade has released four policy playbooks calling for changes in the areas of energy, transit, housing and competitiveness. The board's President and CEO Jan De Silva joins the podcast to dig into these pl||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to win votes and influence people||Guest: Tim Abray. The candidates came out of the gates strong with the PCs launching attacks against the Liberals, the Liberals firing back, and the NDP and Green Party trying desperately to attract the spotlight amid the fray. Tim Abray, Queens Univers||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFirst Nations and the 2018 Ontario election||Guest: Chief Isadore Day. The Chiefs of Ontario represents 133 First Nations communities in the province, and in this upcoming election, we wanted to get a better understanding of what issues they want to see made front-and-centre. Chief Isadore Day is||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe blackboard battlefield||Guest: Kris Rushowy. Education is hugely important but so far has mainly been discussed through the lens of the sex ed curriculum. Veteran journalist Kris Rushowy spent more than 15 years covering education for the Toronto Star and now reports for its Q||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBudget 2018: Live from the lockup||Guest: Sheila Block. The Liberal government has unveiled the 2018 Ontario budget, promising billions in new spending and running a deficit once more. Sheila Block, senior economist for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, explores the ins and ou||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEastern Ontario's shifting battleground||Guest: David Rockne Corrigan. The province's east has traditionally been a battleground between the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives, but things could be different this election. The landscape has changed, with seven new ridings, and if early poll||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan Tories learn to love carbon pricing (again?)||Guest: Mark Cameron. The carbon tax was a pillar of Patrick Brown's PC platform, but newly elected leader Doug Ford has vowed to scrap it. Conservatives have a complex relationship with climate change, and nobody knows that better than Mark Cameron, exe||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDecision day for the Ontario PC party||This weekend, Ontario's Progressive Conservative party will vote on a new leader to replace Patrick Brown. In this episode, Rocco Achampong joins us to discuss the tumultuous past few weeks from his perspective as a member of the PC party. Achampong is||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Green Party's vision for Ontario||Guest: Taylor Howarth. Despite not having a seat in the legislature, the Green Party of Ontario still manages to make their voice heard. So what's it going to take for them to win a seat in this election? We talk with Taylor Howarth, the Green Party's e||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlack political organizing in Ontario||Guest: Tiffany Gooch. Black political organizing is having a major impact in Canada as demonstrated by groups like Black Lives Matter and last year's inaugural National Black Canadians Summit. We discuss what that means for Ontario politics with Tiffany||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReaching the multicultural majority||Guest: Omar Khan. Parties campaigning in Ontario must be aware of the multicultural nature of our province, says Omar Khan, vice-president at public relations firm Hill+Knowlton and a member of the Ontario Liberal Party executive committee. He joins us||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe dark art of polling||Guest: Susan Delacourt. During election time, conversations often revolve around who is ahead or behind in the polls. Trying to predict the future is pointless, says veteran political journalist Susan Delacourt. Polls are still important, though - they||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial: Navigating turbulent post-Patrick Brown politics||Guest: Jessica Smith Cross. Patrick Brown resigned, then Rick Dykstra, and now Doug Ford is running for leadership of the Progressive Conservatives. There's a lot to process here. Jessica Smith Cross is the editor of QP Briefing, and she's here to help||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial: Is Patrick Brown's resignation really a sea change?||Guest: Lauren McKeon. Is the resignation of Patrick Brown a sign of a change in politics or a series of public reactions with little policy weight behind them? Journalist Lauren McKeon joins us to discuss the meaning of Brown's resignation and the #MeTo||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial episode: Patrick Brown's resignation||Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown resigned early Thursday morning amid accusations of sexual misconduct. Here's a brief conversation between John Michael McGrath and technical producer Matthew O'Mara about what we know so far and wha||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat's left for the left?||Guest: Tom Parkin. The NDP has a difficult path to tread in the upcoming election. It must distinguish itself in a field that's already listing left, while leader Andrea Horwath has to navigate the acrimony that's roiling between the major party leaders||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPatrick Brown's balancing act||Guest: David Reevely. We discuss the nascent leadership of Patrick Brown. The PC leader has a tough road ahead as he tries to grow his party's share of the vote and become the next premier of Ontario. The positions he has taken on issues such as abortio||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe race in the Greater Golden Horseshoe||Guest: Marcy Burchfield. Much of the 2018 election will be fought within an hour's drive of Toronto. The Greater Golden Horseshoe is a dense, heavily developed area that will be hotly contested in the coming election. Marcy Burchfield, executive directo||12/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElections in the new north||The landscape of the north has changed for the 2018 election. The province's two largest ridings have been split up, creating two new northern seats. First Nations people make up the majority of one riding, Francophone Ontarians the other. The northern||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDispatches from Ontario's deep south||Guest: Mary Baxter. Southwestern Ontario is the closest thing Ontario has to a conservative heartland. It's a region where Patrick Brown faces great opportunities and great challenges. It's a region where the governing Liberals will face some of their s||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHistory's lessons for the 2018 election||Guest: Steve Paikin. The inaugural episode of The Agenda on Politics brings you Steve Paikin, a veteran political reporter, a moderator of six leadership debates (three provincial and three federal), and the host of a little nightly current affairs prog||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Great ON based political coverage
As someone who doesn’t follow ON politics that closely, I find this podcast very informative & digestible. Great host & content
Political nerds rejoice!
I am an Ontario political nerd. I admit it, I revel in it. Having such an experienced political correspondent hosting a podcast about all the comings and goings at Queen's Park makes me so happy - I love seeing a new episode in my feed because the guests are always interesting and engaging. My only critique is the music - I feel like it is shoehorned in, and really doesn't fit with the show themes. But I'm just critiquing window dressing on what is a really top notch political podcast in Ontario!
This is one of the very few podcasts that focus on Ontario politics. Keep up the good work. I hope this becomes a regular podcast after the election.
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