Monthly Archives: May 2017

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.

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

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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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– Until Next time… Stay Curious – CJ 🙂

***Party Platforms***
BC Greens Party Platform
BC Liberal Party Platform
BC Liberal Party – Vancouver Island Platform
BC NDP Party Platform

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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!

*If you like what you hear and you think it’s important, please share it with as many people as you can… hopefully we can all become a little more aware and involved.*

– Until Next time… Stay Curious – CJ 🙂

***Party Platforms***

BC Greens Party Platform
BC Liberal Party Platform
BC Liberal Party – Vancouver Island Platform
BC NDP Party Platform

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*SHOW NOTES … to come