Political Capital 8 - Premier struggles with blaming youth, Greens propose lockdown - The Orca

Political Capital 8 – Premier struggles with blaming youth, Greens propose lockdown

Maclean Kay
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Sometimes it really is too late to apologize, the Greens stake out a position on pandemic response, and will the BC Liberals Just Dew It?

Premier John Horgan struggles to get out from under criticism for blaming young people about COVID-19 spread two weeks later, the BC Greens propose a sweeping three-week lockdown and restaurants get a partial bailout.
Host Rob Shaw is joined by Katy Merrifield, Maclean Kay, and Jilian Oliver to discuss all the news in BC politics.
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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. 


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