How Canada Got Started with Nathan Walsh



OK… Montreal turned 375 this year… and Canada turned 150… what’s going on… why is Montreal so much older, and what was happening before Canada became Canada?

These are the few questions that started me down a road that I think will last for many sporadic episodes in the future. I’m so curious now as to how Canada began… what was going on for all those years after Montreal was a city and before Canada was a country. When did the provinces start, what was the order they joined Canada in, what were the years… among so many other questions that come up once I start learning that there really are no simple answers or explanations.

To kick it all off I sit down with my buddy Nathan Walsh – a young and eloquent Canadian History buff – who tries to get me on track with some (we have lots more to cover) of the basics of what was going on leading up to Confederation and the culmination of the ‘Dominion of Canada’.

The main focus I suppose is “Colonial Canada” but some of the things we touch on include:

– The early French and English Presence (and even the Dutch)
– Upper and Lower Canada, what they are and where they were
– How “Profit” had an impact on Colonizing
– The Hudson’s Bay Company
– The Battle of the Plains of Abraham
– The English and French and their alignments with the Indigenous people of the area
– The Rebellion of 1837
– Lord Durham and his “Report”
– The Railway
– And how Nathan really likes and gets excited about the “Battles” (you’ll have to listen through to get the feeling;) )

All in all, It’s a lot more complicated and way more interesting than I ever knew or imagined. I will definitely be grabbing a couple more beers and sitting down with Nathan to drill him with more ignorant questions.

Thanks for listening & Until next time… Stay Curious – CJ 🙂

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Bob Warwick: on Managing a Provincial MLA Campaign to Working with the Greens between Elections – GT008



Bob Warwick and I take a few moments to sit down and talk about what it was like for him to manage BC Green Candidate Dr. Chris Maxwell’s campaign during the 2017 Provincial Election in BC. Then we get into what goes on with political parties between elections and what it’s like being a part of that on the Green side of things provincially and federally. We also talk about his almost Math degree – which is a nicely comical story… among lots of other little tidbits. We had a great time and lots of laughs. Hope you enjoy.

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Elections: From Campaign Start to Elected Government with Andrew Reeve – GT007



Andrew Reeve returns to talk about elections and what happens on either side of one. Starting from when the campaigning begins as the Writ is Dropped and the current Government is dissolved, to what happens on election day and how to follow it. Then we get into our current 2017 BC Election and the different scenarios that could occur, regardless of how things actually do turn out. I found it all super interesting and insightful, and I hope you do as well.

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Running ‘Independent’ at 21 with Jordan Templeman – GT006



It was a refreshing to sit down and chat with Independent Candidate and 21 year old Political Science student Jordan Templeman.

I enjoyed hearing his well considered thoughts on all the major issues, the major political parties and his experience so far running in this election. It was encouraging and inspiring…. and I definitely learned a lot once again.

We covered many of the same topics from my chats with Dr. Chris Maxwell and Andrew Reeve, but from yet another perspective – the Independent perspective, as well as delving into some new areas.

– Visit Jordan on Facebook

Some topics we cover include:

– Running as an independent and his decision to give this a go

– Whips – they have a place, but maybe not all the time (the Greens might have a good thing going here)

– Minority & Majority Government

– His Platform, where he lands on the political spectrum (Left/Right) and how he’d want to support his riding/community

– Campaigning and how there is often party bashing and pointing fingers, his view… “It should be about what you can do better for the province, not what other people have done negatively for the province.”

– Party donations – if it’s wrong it’s wrong

– Site C Dam – he’s more concerned with the economic side than the environmental side

– Clean Energy, the Fossil Fuel sector and Jobs – creating jobs is good, so is clean industry but we have to also think of those that could be displaced from work and end up having a skills gap while looking for new employment

– Daycare – $10/day … maybe a better idea is to raise the ‘child allowance’ and the age to which it is paid (currently 6yrs old in BC, apparently the lowest in the country)

– Youth and young adults – how to get them more interested and involved… “How do we get them interested before they’re negatively impacted at all?”

– Changing the voting age to 16 – if they can join the military, shouldn’t they be able to vote?

– Electoral Reform – a referendum is really the only way to approach it in a truly democratic way, he said … “An ignorant democracy is better than a well informed dictatorship.”

**I end the chat with asking about his plans after the election – what a jerk I am, anything could happen, he could be elected, all people have to do is VOTE for him!… anyway, I think his response here really shows his maturity, character and integrity. Good on ya Jordan!

Thanks for listening & I hope you enjoy!

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Voting & Political Insights with Andrew Reeve – GT005



This chat with Andrew was really fun and I learned a ton! He is great at explaining things and has quite the resume which he skims through during our chat.

Andrew is a Political Science graduate from the University of Victoria who works in the Whip’s Office at the Legislature. He is also currently the Campaign Manager for Esquimalt-Metchosin Liberal Candidate Barb Desjardins for the coming 2017 BC Election on May 9th.
(** I should note that all of the thoughts and opinions he gives here are His alone and he is Not speaking on behalf of any political party or candidate).

We cover a lot of stuff in this episode and it’s hard to narrow some bullet points down to give you a good overview – as I find so much of it to be important for this coming election… but here are a few things that you’ll hear us talk about:

– His background and how he got to leading a campaign for the 2017 BC Election

– The different voting styles people tend to use – party based, local candidate based or issue based

– The lack of civic/political education and how the reason people often don’t vote is because they simply don’t feel educated enough to do so

– His view of the differences in the political parties … and the differences of the federal vs provincial versions of these Parties

– How, in preparation for a provincial election, we should look at our current MLA’s and their past 4years to determine what we are looking for in an MLA for the next 4years.

– How we should dig into and scrutinize each Parties Platform, which the public can online **see below links**

– And we address some of the issues coming up in this campaign, like: Site C Dam, Political Party Donations, Trickle Down Economics, Daycare,

– I also learn about Populism and how this is used in politics (eg, Daycare is a “populous promise”) … and much more.

Thanks for listening & I hope you enjoy!

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Running Green with Dr. Chris Maxwell – GT004



I had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with scientist Dr. Chris Maxwell, who has taken a quick turn from the science world to see what the political spectrum has to offer as the BC Green Party Candidate for the Victoria-Swan Lake riding.

We start off talking about this switch and the things that influenced the decision, including his family history & raising a young son. He tells the great little story of how he “Joined” the BC Green Party… sometimes an email is all it takes… Let this be a lesson that acting on those gut feelings in the moment ‘Can’ lead somewhere, so dive in people.

After dabbling in science – talking about the importance of ‘evidence’ and ‘truth’ as he puts it, and the March for Science, we then tackle the politics topic… Here Chris talks about some of the issues he’s concerned about… childcare, healthcare, mental health, the Massey tunnel/bridge issue and the Site C Dam, Party donations, and more.

He then shares his views on what he sees as some of the main differences between the major BC political parties and their platforms, as well as the Greens dedication to the “Proportional Representation Voting System” as an alternative to our current “First Past the Post” system.

It was a fun and interesting chat, which exposed me to a bunch of new information I’ll need to dig into. I will say though, I’m very interested in this voting system switch.

Thanks for listening & I hope you enjoy!
– Show Notes Below

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Dr. Chris Maxwell Greens
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*SHOW NOTES*

2:45 – Dr. Chris’ decision to make the politics jump & his science background

5:30 – Trip to Vimy Ridge & Scotland (to see the Maxwell family castle)

7:45 – Remembers seeing video of his great grandfather from 1983 where he talks about his ware experience at Vimy Ridge

10:25 – Email to Green Party & his experience joining the party

15:50 – BC Green Party no longer accepting donations & the issue with donations in politics.

18:15 – Decision making view on NDP & Liberals

20:40 – Back to joining Greens & deciding where to run for MLA

24:45 – Science – “importance of evidence and truth…” & the March for Science

26:20 – Science and economy and the difficulty with grants and funding – how it’s becoming more competitive, which he believes is pushing it further away from discovery and innovation.

30:20 – Current research program – “Childhood Cancer & Blood Research Group” at BC Children’s Hospital

31:50 – What would happen with his position with his lab if he was elected

33:45 – View on the differences between the major political parties in BC & Trickle Down Economics and his view of it’s role in the Liberals focus

36:30 – Taxes = services, leading to view on Liberals lowering taxes = less services

38:45 – View on NDP – “… stuck between two poles.”

40:25 – Clayoquot Sound – Forestry & NDP’s decision making process

44:15 – Site C Dam – Liquified Natural Gas (Liberals)

45:55 – Massey Tunnel Upgrade, or Bridge Issue (Liberals)

47:35 – View on the Liberals – Their vision & the decisions for it, “…to make corporations wealthy and to reduce taxes.”

48:25 – Creating Jobs (Liberals) … and how much those jobs would “cost” – Site C Dam & Woodfibre LNG Plant

50:05 – Green Parties Vision “Maximize the health and wellbeing of people”… vs NDP & Liberals; types of Green Party Candidates (careers etc); Green does want a strong economy – but “… fill from the bottom up not the top down.” (re: corporations)

52:05 – Instead of a $10 Billion Dam – re-appropriate the money to education, for example

53:25 – What needs to change in BC – current issues… BUT, the most important thing is, in his view, changing how government makes decisions – change to making them without corporations or unions involvement, and hovering overhead.

54:40 – Change what’s going on in the Legislature… Majority/Minority Gov. … who’s in charge created by First past the post current voting system

58:00 – No Party has all the answers

59:00 – Proportional Representation & the BC Greens commitment to it

1:01:00 – Problem with referendums (Re: Voting)

1:04:20 – His view of the perfect job description for an MLA… get rid of the word “Politician” and replace again with “Public Servant”

1:07:40 – Percent of People getting out to vote …50-55%

1:11:00 – A great analogy… “Seeing Politicians as Gardeners”

1:13:30 – Outro: I talk about how each major Party has a detailed Platform online that you can download and read. It’s super helpful for getting a good understanding, and an honest view of the nuts and bolts of how they plan to roll things out – essential perusing for making an educated vote.


“Municipal Government” with City Councillor Jeremy Loveday – GT003



In this episode I got to sit down with Victoria City Councillor Jeremy Loveday. I found it pretty enlightening how the city runs itself, and our level of input or lack thereof (which is on us), not to mention how his job has a very minimal ‘actual’ job description.

We cover a bunch of ground, including: municipal vs provincial/federal; what the municipal government takes care of and how they do it; biweekly council meetings; our current housing crisis; how major donations in politics & campaigns should be discarded; and more… Also, check out Jeremy’s poetry – the guy has talent.

Thanks for listening & I hope you enjoy!

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The Basics of Voting (BC Provincial Election) – GT002



I’m back with Ryan Steele from the first episode – he works at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia as a Senior Systems Analyst, and in this episode we talk about the basics of the current system of voting for the provincial government here in BC.

The next BC election takes place in May – so it’s time to get some insight and we’re starting here with the basics.

I’m on a bit of a learning curve here (with interviewing & learning about government) – things will get smoother, but in the meantime thanks for the support.

Thanks for listening & I hope you enjoy!

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Show Notes:
– Beginning – 41st BC provincial Election… 2001 beginning of ‘fixed cycle elections’ in BC – which happen every 4yrs on the 2nd Tues in May
– 2:20 – How the current voting system works – choosing MLA’s
– 4:00 – Independent MLA’s
– 7:20 – First past the Post / Strategic Voting
– 8:20 – Votes counted and Ridings
– 9:20 – Votes -vs- MLA’s Elected -vs- Party Elected
– 10:30 – Premiere Elected
– 10:45 – First Past the Post voting system
– 17:00 – Strategic Voting
– 21:20 – Alternate Voting Systems… 2004 referendum on our voting system… “Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform” – the committee that analyzed the voting system and suggested an alternative
– 25:20 – Alternative System suggested “Single Transferrable” system

*** this system was a little confusing, so feel free to skip to 31:00 if you want – we don’t use this system so it’s just interesting but not important for us right now***

– 28:40 – Drawback to First Past the Post system
– 31:30 – How Provinces & Federal are separate
– 35:40 – How elections were called before 2001 and the “Fixed Cycle” system and the change
– 42:00 – on the spot tech question for Ryan – on tech, privacy, government and the future


The Provincial Structure – GT001



Ryan Steele works at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia as a Senior Systems Analyst. His time there has allowed him to get a good understanding of how the provincial government is set up.

He lays out the structure of the provincial government, giving a good basis for me to start from.

Thanks for listening & I hope you enjoy!

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