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In The House
34 minutes | Mar 21, 2019
B.C. NDP focus on strengthening immunization program
Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer subs in for Mike Smyth and discusses with Rob Shaw the B.C. government’s new poverty reduction plan, measles vaccination programs, the election call in Alberta and the new federal government budget.
35 minutes | Mar 13, 2019
B.C. NDP shaky on education file in Vancouver, Surrey
This week on In The House, Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw discuss the latest in the SNC-Lavalin affair, as well as challenges facing Education Minister Rob Fleming on Surrey school portables and Vancouver school closures, as well as the future of the NDP minority government now that it has survived confidence votes on the throne speech and budget.
23 minutes | Mar 7, 2019
Butts on hot seat in SNC-Lavalin scandal
In this week’s podcast, Province columnist Mike Smyth and Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer discuss the SNC-Lavalin scandal rocking the Justin Trudeau government in Ottawa. Closer to home, Smyth and Palmer talk about Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson’s “wacky renters” gaffe and the continuing fight over the B.C. speculation tax.
40 minutes | Feb 28, 2019
B.C. a key battleground for rookie MP Singh, embattled Trudeau
This week on In The House, Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw discuss NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s victory in the federal Burnaby-South byelection, the NDP government’s response to threatened school closures in Vancouver, the latest in the legislature spending scandal and the province’s response to a measles outbreak.
37 minutes | Feb 20, 2019
What's in (and isn't in) the NDP's 2019 B.C. Budget
Political columnists Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw give their take on the B.C. NDP's priorities for the year and the response by the B.C. Greens and Liberals.
37 minutes | Feb 14, 2019
B.C. NDP hit populist note in throne speech
Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw answer all the important questions about the B.C. NDP government’s throne speech. Why all the populist measures? Can the B.C. government really act on changing your cellphone bill? What do allies and critics think of the speech? Smyth and Shaw also talk about Liberal MLA Linda Reid having to resign her assistant deputy speaker’s job and Premier John Horgan resisting calls for a public inquiry into money laundering.
22 minutes | Feb 7, 2019
B.C. government moves toward transparency in wake of spending scandal
This week on the In The House podcast, Rob Shaw and guest host Vaughn Palmer discuss a busy time in B.C. politics, including the final count of the Nanaimo byelection, the Auditor General’s look at B.C. Hydro deferral accounts, the legislature being placed under Freedom of Information legislation, and other stories of the week.
25 minutes | Jan 31, 2019
NDP holds while Liberals outlook improves in Nanaimo byelection
Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw discuss the byelection results in Nanaimo, how the Liberals increased their vote but fell short, how the NDP held on to the riding and why the BC Greens collapsed. What does this mean for the future of all three parties?
29 minutes | Jan 24, 2019
B.C. spending scandal implicates MLAs of major parties
Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw take a deeper look at the fallout of the Speaker Darryl Plecas report, the political maneuvering by the parties, Plecas’s first public comments to reporters and the troubled history of expenses that implicates MLAs of all parties.
22 minutes | Jan 22, 2019
Bombshell report on overspending drops at B.C. legislature
In an emergency podcast, In The House hosts Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw discuss the bombshell report by Speaker Darryl Plecas into what he calls “flagrant overspending” by suspended Clerk Craig James and Sergeant-at-Arms Gary Lenz. Does it vindicate the Speaker? What happens next? Smyth and Shaw dig into the report.
24 minutes | Jan 17, 2019
Federal and Provincial By-Election Bedlam
By-election Bedlam: This week, Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw discuss big developments in two ongoing by-elections – a resignation in the federal race in Burnaby South and the fallout of new speculation tax rules in the provincial race in Nanaimo. They also look ahead to promised bombshell revelations from Speaker Darryl Plecas into the legislature scandal. INTRO: Robin Gill, Global News
28 minutes | Jan 10, 2019
Smyth and Shaw predictions for 2019
Hosts Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw look into the future and share their 2019 predictions including the future of ride-sharing in British Columbia, the possibility of a cabinet shuffle, the return of Christy Clark and much more.
34 minutes | Dec 27, 2018
BC Premier John Horgan
Postmedia political reporters Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw discuss key moments in a recent conversation with British Columbia Premier John Horgan.
31 minutes | Dec 20, 2018
Green Leader Andrew Weaver
Postmedia political reporters Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw discuss key moments in a recent conversation with Green Leader Andrew Weaver.
26 minutes | Dec 13, 2018
Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson fights for the centre vote
Hosts Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw discuss Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson’s comments about setting a new party agenda and looking to the future, the NDP’s class war and if there could be an early new year general election.
34 minutes | Dec 5, 2018
Victoria in High Gear: Uber, ICBC and More
Hosts Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw put the recent events in the house aside and look at stories that were overshadowed, including John Horgan’s personal highlight and David Eby on ICBC losses and future rate hikes.
23 minutes | Nov 29, 2018
Troubles in the House
What the heck is going on in the house? Postmedia reporters Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw launch the newly revamped IN THE HOUSE podcast with a discussion about the unprecedented events of the last week, including the ouster of Sergeant-at-Arms Gary Lenz and Legislative Clerk Craig James and following behaviour and comments by House Speaker Darryl Plecas.
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