Political Capital 5 - Call-centre troubles, mental health questions - The Orca

Political Capital 5 – Call-centre troubles, mental health questions

Maclean Kay
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V is for Very Good Discussion.

What should the public make about a wild week of ups and downs on BC’s pandemic response? Rob, Katy, Jillian and Maclean break it all down, including how the government created a villain in Telus to blame for the problems. As well, the BC Greens manage to pause a government firearm bill with concerns about First Nations consultation, and continue to raise important questions about mental health treatment.


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Rob Shaw has spent more than 13 years covering BC politics, now reporting for CHEK News and writing for The Orca. He is the co-author of the national best-selling book A Matter of Confidence, and a regular guest on CBC Radio.

Jillian Oliver is a political strategist who co-managed the last BC Green Party provincial campaign and Sonia Furstenau’s leadership campaign. She was Communications Director on the federal Nanaimo-Ladysmith by-election that elected Paul Manly and was the BC Greens Press Secretary in the 2017 provincial election and in the BC Greens legislative office from 2017-2019.

Katy Merrifield is the Vice-President for BC at Wellington Advocacy, who has served as Communications Director to Premiers of both Alberta and British Columbia, and was the youngest woman to run a winning leadership campaign in BC. 

Maclean Kay is Editor-in-Chief of The Orca, and is an 11-year veteran of the BC legislature both working in government and now covering it.