Political Capital 9 - Throne speech is (deliberately?) boring, logging protests, and the Other Health Crisis - The Orca

Political Capital 9 – Throne speech is (deliberately?) boring, logging protests, and the Other Health Crisis

Maclean Kay
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Plotting a peerless post-pandemic plan is the promise, and the point.

BC tries to walk a tightrope in its throne speech between a raging COVID-19 crisis and plotting a post-pandemic plan; a sombre fifth anniversary for the province’s other crisis, the public health emergency on overdose deaths; and First Nations politics complicates the ongoing old growth logging protests at Fairy Creek but also gives the government an out on a difficult file.

Host Rob Shaw is joined by Maclean Kay, Jillian Oliver and Katy Merrifield to discuss all BC’s political news, plus our hot takes on an MP whose nudity was caught on camera in the House of Commons Zoom feed.

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.