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Welcome to your QP Briefing podcast. Ontario's premier provincial news publication turned audio. Join QPB's Jessica, Sneh and David to get supplementary and anecdotal commentary on this weeks Queen's Park events.

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Season 3, Episode 27: Raptors, political gatherings and end of session wrap-up
00:39:36
This QP Briefing podcast marks the final episode for Season 3. The podcast will go on hiatus for the summer and return for Season 4 in the fall. Recorded before the Toronto Raptors' big game against the Golden State Warriors — a game that saw the team clinch the NBA championship for the first time in franchise history — the podcast features our non-expert strategic advice for the team and the intersect between #onpoli and #Rapsin6ix. We also talk about the Ontario Liberal Party's AGM last weekend, the NDP convention this weekend, what Premier Doug Ford had to say on the one-year anniversary of his election victory and our #onpoli predictions for the summer. Email sduggal@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise.Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeodFrom the Free Music ArchiveCC BY
Jun 16, 2019
Season 3, Episode 26: Featuring special guest Bianca Wylie
00:27:45
Bianca Wylie joins the podcast to discuss the Quayside smart city project — also called Sidewalk Toronto — being spearheaded by Waterfront Toronto and Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs. Wylie, who is opposed to the project and is part of the #BlockSidewalk campaign, talks about what she considers to be flaws in the process and Toronto's readiness for such an initiative. Wylie, who has a background in technology and public engagement, also talks about where Toronto can go from here and what other jurisdictions are doing. Email sduggal@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Jun 09, 2019
Season 3, Episode 25: With special guest Sol Mamakwa
00:21:09
NDP MPP Sol Mamakwa joins the QP Briefing podcast to talk about his experience as a rookie politician at Queen's Park. Mamakwa discusses the challenges of representing a northern Ontario riding, which include traveling to remote communities without airports, what he's been hearing from his constituents, his first impressions of the legislature and question period, and how he thinks the government has fared on Indigenous issues and reconciliation. Email sduggal@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Jun 02, 2019
Season 3, Episode 24: Welcoming Dianne Saxe
00:32:04
Ontario's former environmental commissioner Dianne Saxe joins the QP Briefing podcast to talk about the environment, climate change and life after the provincial government shuttered her office and folded it into the auditor general's office. She sheds some light on what she's hearing from Ontarians as she travels across the province and how she doesn't think Ontario will reach a 30 per cent greenhouse gas emissions reduction target by 2030 with current policies. She also talks about the need for both individual and collective action, saying that the former is an important place to start, but a "terrible place to stop." Email sduggal@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
May 26, 2019
Season 3, Episode 23: Featuring special guest Matt Elliott
00:28:45
Matt Elliott, who has covered Toronto City Hall for eight years and is a contributor to CBC Toronto, joins the podcast for a discussion about the intersection of municipal and provincial politics. Elliott discusses the challenges cities such as Toronto are facing after the provincial government announced millions of dollars in cuts to municipalities. He delves into Premier Doug Ford’s time at City Hall while his brother, Rob Ford, was mayor, and also talks about how he doesn’t think it’s feasible for the City of Toronto to find the savings that the province is expecting. He also discusses his recently launched City Hall Watcher Newsletter and provides some samples of the different issues he explores. Email sduggal@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
May 19, 2019
Season 3, Episode 22: Welcoming impressionist Lucas Meyer
00:19:18
Newstalk 1010's Lucas Meyer, who often covers provincial news at Queen's Park, joins the podcast for a fun-filled morning of impressions and banter. He recently made headlines when he voiced the character of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on a Canada-themed episode of The Simpsons. In addition to sharing his Trudeau impression in studio, Meyer ventures into #ONpoli territory and offers us a glimpse of his latest impressionist work. This includes impressions of Queen's Park personalities such as Premier Doug Ford and Interim Liberal Leader John Fraser, along with journalists Richard Southern, Colin D'Mello and Cynthia Mulligan. Email sduggal@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
May 12, 2019
Season 3, Episode 21: With special guest François Boileau
00:27:36
François Boileau joins the podcast on April 30, his final day as Ontario's French language services commissioner. He discusses the office he built with his team during the past 11.5 years, their work in promoting French-language rights and his view on the impact of his office's closure and its transfer to the Ontario ombudsman. Boileau calls the closure of his office and the province's decision to cancel plans to fund a French-language university in Toronto a "big blow" to the francophone community, and contests one of Premier Doug Ford's statements defending the government's decision on the latter. Boileau, who also shares some of the recommendations from his final report, was the first and last French language services commissioner, which he says made him both the "best and the worst."  Email sduggal@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
May 05, 2019
Season 3, Episode 20: Education budget, public health funding spat and floods
00:23:30
The QP Briefing team discusses the Progressive Conservative government's education budget and a recent announcement on the Grants for Student Needs funding. While the overall budget is slightly up, per-student funding is projected to take a hit. Meanwhile, the City of Toronto and the Ontario government have been involved in a war of words and numbers since the province decided to cut public health spending. Plus, we talk about the rise in flooding events, the consequences of this and the government's recently proposed changes to conservation authorities. Email sduggal@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Apr 28, 2019
Season 3, Episode 19: Welcoming MPP Stan Cho
00:24:14
Progressive Conservative MPP Stan Cho joins the podcast this week to talk about his experience at Queen's Park, the Doug Ford government's first budget and his role as parliamentary assistant to Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy. Cho also discusses the lessons he learned from his parents about hard work and how his father went from selling earthworms as fishing bait to running a successful business. Email sduggal@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Apr 21, 2019
Season 3, Episode 18: Budget 2019 lockup and highlights
00:29:21
The QP Briefing team discusses the Progressive Conservative government's first budget since taking office nearly one year ago. We talk about the highs and lows of being in a budget lockup and some of the policy changes and political messages from the 343-page document and budget day. We have some snippets of politicians and economist Mike Moffatt sharing their views about the new licence plates, the budget's "obsession with alcohol" and how the government doesn't plan to balance the books within its four-year mandate. Plus, we say a temporary farewell to editor Jessica Smith Cross and show off the singing potential of two of our reporters. Email sduggal@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Apr 14, 2019
Season 3, Episode 17: Welcoming MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers
00:24:38
Liberal MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers joins the podcast this week and talks about the private member's bill she introduced with Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner to set out a process for Ontario Provincial Police commissioner appointments. Des Rosiers also says she's considering a leadership bid and discusses her vision for the Ontario Liberal Party. Plus, we welcome QP Briefing's new reporter Jack Hauen. Email sduggal@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Apr 06, 2019
Season 3, Episode 16: Featuring special guests Irwin Elman and Ashley Ash
00:40:20
Irwin Elman, who served his last day as Ontario's children and youth advocate on March 29, and Ashley Ash, who worked in Elman's office, join the podcast this week and talk about the closure of the provincial child advocate's office. They explain what the office did, why they feel the government's decision to close the office was a mistake and what the closure will mean for children who need help. Elman says that in the absence of his office, it's time for people to step up and talk to children who need assistance to help them find someone to discuss their issues with. Email sduggal@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Mar 31, 2019
Season 3, Episode 15: Featuring special guest Mike Moffatt
00:28:14
Ontario Dad Mike Moffatt joins the podcast this week and talks about his concerns with the province's change to the autism program. The economist — a senior director at the Smart Prosperity Institute and an assistant professor at the Ivey Business School — explains why it's a punishing "autism tax" on families that will keep some parents out of the workforce. And he has a new three-word slogan for the Ford government. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Mar 17, 2019
Season 3, Episode 14: With special guest Taras Natyshak
00:31:29
NDP MPP Taras Natyshak joins the podcast this week to talk about the controversy surrounding the aborted attempt to appoint Ford friend Ron Taverner as OPP commissioner. Natyshak has become his party's chief needler of premier Doug Ford and he weighs in on what his favourite nickname for the camper van is — and why he hopes to never have to say "personal pleasure wagon" again.
Mar 10, 2019
Season 3, Episode 13: With HuffPost's Emma Paling
00:37:25
This week HuffPost's first Queen's Park reporter, Emma Paling, joins the podcast. We chat about her story on controversial Instagram posts by one of the premier's daughters and what it was like to question him about her. And we discuss the news of the week: autism services, the camper van, trade, rape crisis centres and the health-care overhaul. Plus, what happens if someone gives birth in budget lockup? Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Mar 03, 2019
Season 3, Episode 12: Featuring special guest Marit Stiles
00:27:24
NDP Education Critic Marit Stiles joins the QP Briefing podcast to talk about an emotional week at the Pink Palace focussed on a debate about funding autism therapy for children. She also weighs in on some of her fears about where the Tory government might take the education system. Plus, she names the minister she thinks she could beat in a synchronized swimming competition. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Feb 24, 2019
Season 3, Episode 11: With special guest Mitzie Hunter
00:29:00
Liberal MPP Mitzie Hunter joins the QP Briefing podcast as legislators prepare to make their way back to Queen’s Park on Feb. 19. She talks about the Progressive Conservative government’s autism program changes, what she thinks the next provincial budget will hold and some of the reforms she’d like to see within the Ontario Liberal Party. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Feb 17, 2019
Special episode: Introducing the Parliamentary Reform Caucus
00:41:33
For this very special edition of the podcast, QP Briefing joined a meeting of Ontario's new Parliamentary Reform Caucus, founded by MPPs belonging to three different parties: Liberal Nathalie Des Rosiers, Progressive Conservative Randy Hillier and Green Mike Schreiner. They discuss party discipline, the Standing Orders, the role of independent MPPs and the role of independently minded MPPs within the major parties. The caucus is hoping to spark some changes to how things are done at Queen's Park and this is its introduction to #onpoli. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Dec 04, 2018
Season 3, Episode 10: Welcoming MPP Sandy Shaw
00:25:53
NDP MPP Sandy Shaw joins the podcast this week and talks about what the newly independent MPP Amanda Simard's departure from the PC caucus says about party discipline today. Plus, Shaw discusses her role on the select committee that's gearing up to grill former premier Kathleen Wynne and former minister of energy Glenn Thibeault. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Dec 02, 2018
Season 3, Episode 9: With special guest Peter Weltman
00:26:34
QP Briefing sits down with the financial accountability officer about the provincial government's financial economic statement, his appearance before the select committee on financial transparency and hints about what's next for his office. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Nov 25, 2018
Season 3, Episode 8: The book, the books the and the convention
00:31:03
The QP Briefing team discusses Takedown, the new tell-all book by former PC Leader Patrick Brown that includes some controversial allegations about a couple of cabinet ministers. Plus, we dive into the books as presented by the government in its Fall Economic Statement. And we report on a controversial resolution passed at the Ontario Progressive Conservative convention this weekend.
Nov 18, 2018
Season 3, Episode 7: The Michael Tibollo story, the college of trades and the carbon tax
00:28:05
This week the team dives into QP Briefing's story on Minister Michael Tibollo's Cuban connection to a $40 million fraud. Plus, what the axing of the college of trades and the cap-and-trade system mean for Ontario. And we enjoy a recording of friend of the Podcast MPP Sam Oosterhoff performing Monster Mash with his colleagues in the House. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Nov 04, 2018
Season 3, Episode 6: With special guest Gila Martow
00:20:48
PC MPP Gila Martow joins the podcast this week to discuss her private member's bill, which could lead to Uber but for tow trucks one day. She weighs in on the tone of discussion in the House these days and what a "two-party system" has to do with it. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Oct 28, 2018
Season 3, Episode 5: Featuring special guest John Vanthof
00:32:43
NDP MPP John Vanthof joins the podcast this week and gets a little giggly with the QP Briefing team while discussing cannabis. We get caught up on the oh-so-thrilling drama of the Select Committee on Financial Accountability, talk about being "For the People," and learn how Vanthof navigates his relationship with his uncle, while being his assigned critic in a very combative legislature. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Oct 21, 2018
Season 3, Episode 4: Featuring special guest Stephen Lecce
00:39:42
PC MPP Stephen Lecce joins the podcast this week and talks about being called on to speak for the premier, his views on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and why he made an MTV-style video called "MPP Cribs." Happy Thanksgiving everyone, we hope you enjoy a meal as tasty as Nonna Lecce's lasagna. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Oct 07, 2018
Season 3, Episode 3: With special guest Michael Coteau
00:32:09
This week on the QP Briefing Podcast, Liberal MPP Michael Coteau talks about the controversy over the premier's photo with white nationalist Faith Goldy and weighs in on the state of the Liberal party, including what went wrong and where to go from here. He talks about how he became a Grit in the first place — it has to do with free cookies, a free-trade debate and an encyclopedia entry — and whether or not he'll seek to lead the party into its next phase. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Sep 30, 2018
Season 3, Episode 2: One wild week
00:32:41
The QP Briefing team discusses one wild week in Ontario politics. The politicians had a slumber party, went to a plowing match and mocked each other in Question Period with the lyrics to a song by The Police. Plus, we discuss all of the ramifications of the government's major court victory. And we welcome new QPB reporter Sneh Duggal. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Sep 23, 2018
Season 3, Episode 1: With special guest Peter Tabuns
00:32:22
The legislature is back for the fall and so is the QP Briefing podcast. NDP MPP Peter Tabuns sits down with the team after a rare Saturday debate at Queen's Park to discuss the PC government's historic attempt to use the notwithstanding clause of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as the NDP's vow to do everything possible to stop it. Plus, why books about Doug Ford are on his reading list and what he believes shame has to do with the premier's decision-making. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Sep 16, 2018
Season 2, Episode 42: Municipal politics with John Michael McGrath
00:33:56
TVO's John Michael McGrath joins the podcast as a special guest to talk about a wild week in Ontario municipal politics. We discuss forthcoming legislation that's expected to cancel four Ontario regional chair elections and slash the number of Toronto city councillors in half. Are Premier Doug Ford's moves a good idea? And why now, in the middle of an election period? Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Jul 29, 2018
Season 2, Episode 41: With special guest MPP Kevin Yarde
00:16:56
NDP MPP Kevin Yarde joins the podcast this week to talk about how he ended up in the middle of a political storm in his first full sitting week in the Ontario Legislature. We discuss how he and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath have called comments Community Safety Minister Michael Tibollo made about wearing a bulletproof vest in the Jane and Finch area of Toronto racist, and the PCs' response that the NDP cares more about headlines than victims of crime. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Jul 23, 2018
Season 2, Episode 40: With special guest Mike Schreiner
00:24:42
Ontario's first Green MPP joins the QP Briefing Podcast this week to discuss the Throne Speech he calls "a bit of an attack on the modern world." Mike Schreiner also weighs in on what he sees as anti-business moves by Ontario's new Progressive Conservative government. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Jul 15, 2018
Season 2, Episode 39: The shoulder-to-shoulder edition
00:18:19
QP Briefing's David Hains and Chris Reynolds discuss the first full week of Ontario's Progressive Conservative Government. Premier Doug Ford may be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the trade dispute with the U.S., but the two first ministers butted heads this week on immigration. Plus, Vape Dad Randy Hillier enters the race for speaker. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Jul 08, 2018
Season 2, Episode 38: Featuring special guest Justin Giovannetti
00:18:15
The Globe's Justin Giovannetti joins the weekend podcast to discuss Premier Doug Ford's swearing-in for the people. We dish on who made it into cabinet, and who came to the Pink Palace Friday to watch it all go down. Happy Canada Day one and all. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Jul 01, 2018
Season 2, Episode 37: Limbo week
00:21:48
It has felt like political purgatory this week, an in-between time after the election and before the new Progressive Conservative government is to be sworn in June 29. On the podcast, we discuss the first acts of the premier-designate and his team, scrapping the Climate Change Action Plan and ordering a hiring freeze and cost-cutting in the civil service. We also talk to the interim leader of a party in limbo — MPP-elect John Fraser is now leading the Ontario Liberal Party as it atones for the sins that voters have punished it for. And we chat to a handful of the new MPPs-elect about their hopes, dreams and post-apocalyptic sci-fi, as they wait to be sworn in next week.  CC BY
Jun 24, 2018
Season 2, Episode 36: Featuring special guest John Michael McGrath
00:30:26
In what is truly the most ambitious crossover event in Ontario political podcast history, QP Briefing welcomes John Michael McGrath of TVO's The Agenda on Politics podcast to join in our discussion about post-election Ontario politics. Will Premier-designate Doug Ford be able to scrap Ontario's cap-and-trade program? Why is he calling it a carbon tax? And what's in store for what's left of the Ontario Liberals? That and more on your weekend QP Briefing podcast.
Jun 17, 2018
Season 2, Episode 35: With special guest Randy Rath
00:17:29
Who better to make sense of the 2018 election campaign than legendary journalist Randy Rath? The longest continuously serving member of the Queen's Park press gallery joins the QP Briefing weekend podcast to discuss Premier-Designate Doug Ford's road ahead, the role of the press in a parliamentary democracy and why buck a beer was actually his idea. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Jun 10, 2018
Season 2, Episode 34: With special guest Kathleen Wynne
00:16:30
This episode of the QP Briefing podcast was recorded on the road by reporter Christopher Reynolds, who interviewed Kathleen Wynne on the Liberal campaign bus Saturday — shortly after she made a rather remarkable announcement. They discuss why the premier says she knows she won't be premier much longer, and what she sees herself doing when her political career is over. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Jun 04, 2018
Season 2, Episode 33: Scrums and avails
00:29:10
This week the QP Briefing team discusses what happens when Ontario politicians take questions from the press, from impromptu scrums to highly controlled media avails where the press is corralled behind a velvet rope. We look at the major election issues of the past week through three recent interesting question-and-answer sessions. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
May 27, 2018
Season 2, Episode 32: Talking to the leaders
00:35:17
This week QP Briefing checks in with the three major party leaders mid-campaign. While aboard the NDP campaign bus David Hains interviews NDP Leader Andrea Horwath about her perhaps unexpected rise in the polls. On a patio in Ottawa, Jessica Smith Cross interviews Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne about her legacy and what she feels is at risk in this election. We haven't had a one-on-one interview with the PC leader yet, but we show you what it sounds like to be inside one of his media scrums.
May 21, 2018
Season 2, Episode 31: On the campaign trail
00:21:05
It's our first podcast of the official 2018 election campaign. QP Briefing's reporters are on the road: One on the Liberal bus, one on the NDP bus and one following Doug Ford around in a Dodge Durango. We bring you our thoughts on what we've seen so far... and what kind of a reporter asks a gotcha question anyway? Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
May 13, 2018
Season 2, Episode 30: With special guest Desmond Cole
00:31:39
Journalist and activist Desmond Cole joins the weekend podcast to talk about race and activism, and how they shape politics and public policy in Ontario. Cole weighs in on his view of racism in Ford Nation politics and why he believes the Liberal government's efforts toward police reform have failed. Please note, this podcast contains explicit language. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
May 06, 2018
Season 2, Episode 29: The electrifying, illuminating history of hydro
00:18:25
Special guest Mark Sholdice joins the weekend podcast to discuss the history of electricity in Ontario. The University of Guelph PhD candidate takes us through the life of Ontario Hydro, from birth to break-up, enlightening us on decades of subsidies and debt. History might not repeat itself, but it rhymes. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Apr 29, 2018
Season 2, Episode 27: On polls, platforms, spies and son of a guns
00:26:18
The QP Briefing team discusses an interesting poll, plus the political parties' policy platforms, such as they are. We dive into the relationship between politicians and the spies from opposition parties that follow them around, as well as the sometimes fraught relationship between Doug Ford and the nasty son-of-a-guns in the press. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Apr 22, 2018
Season 2, Episode 26: With special guest David Peterson
00:34:16
David Peterson helmed Ontario’s ship of state from 1985 to 1990. When his Liberals formed a minority government after an election that few save himself thought winnable for the Grits, the lawyer and electronics wholesaler broke a Tory dynasty that had stretched across 43 years — “one of the longest-serving regimes in the world outside of Albania.” With another election looming — one that threatens a more recent Liberal legacy — the former premier speaks his mind on Doug Ford, Patrick Brown, Kathleen Wynne and the NDP.
Apr 15, 2018
Season 2, Episode 25: With special guest Shelley Carroll
00:29:22
QP Briefing speaks with Shelley Carroll, who stepped down after 15 years as a Toronto city councillor to run for the Liberals in Don Valley North. She offers her unvarnished views on "no plan ... pitchman" Doug Ford, Liberal fatigue and who should play DoFo and the premier on screen. #onpoli #cdnpoli
Apr 08, 2018
Season 2, Episode 24: Return of the Oosterhoff
00:23:10
QP Briefing welcomes MPP Sam Oosterhoff back to the show. We talk about the night he called on his former leader to resign, about pro-life politics, and about looking a little like Anakin Skywalker in an internet meme. Plus, he sings a song from the 1950s musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Mar 25, 2018
Season 2, Episode 23: What the folks want
00:18:48
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Mar 18, 2018
Season 2, Episode 21: The Gong Show
00:27:52
QP Briefing dives into the Progressive Conservative leadership vote and everything that went wrong. Editor's note: Shortly after this podcast was published, Christine Elliott conceded the leadership race. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Mar 12, 2018
Season 2, Episode 21: Debate debrief with Deb Matthews
00:19:23
Liberal campaign co-chair Deb Matthews joins the podcast this week to discuss the most recent PC leadership debate from the Liberal perspective, and defend her government's record. Plus, she shares a memory from a lowlight in her political career: the night she had to tell former Premier David Peterson, "We're toast."
Mar 04, 2018
Season 2, Episode 20: With special guest France Gélinas
00:31:44
NDP MPP France Gélinas joins the podcast this week for a discussion about health-care horror stories, the turmoil rocking the Progressive Conservative party, the NDP's polling problem, and the things MPPs yell at each other that she wouldn't say to her dog. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Feb 26, 2018
Season 2, Episode 19: Don't call it a comeback
00:28:11
On this episode of the QP Briefing podcast, editor Jessica Smith Cross and reporter David Hains discuss the PC Leadership debate and ex-leader Patrick Brown's decision to enter the leadership race in an attempt to get his job back and clear his name. As LL Cool J might say, don't call it a comeback, he's been here for years. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Feb 18, 2018
Season 2, Episode 18: The Manning Conference edition
00:23:16
The QP Briefing team discusses the ins and outs of the PC leadership race and brings back a report on the latest gossip and political insight from the 2018 Manning Networking Convention. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Feb 12, 2018
Season 2, Episode 17: The on-location special
00:17:27
This special not-quite-live-on-location edition of the QP Briefing Podcast was recorded in two parts on Saturday afternoon. The first is an interview with Liberal campaign co-chair MPP Deb Matthews, recorded at the Liberal’s Annual General Meeting at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. Next, reporter David Hains phones in from PC leadership contender Doug Ford’s huge rally in Etobicoke. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Feb 04, 2018
Season 2, Episode 16: The Patrick Brown episode
00:22:38
QP Briefing takes you through one of the most remarkable nights in Ontario political history. What's next for the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, after the Patrick Brown sexual misconduct allegations. Plus, what it sounds like when a dozen reporters chase a politician down three flights of stairs, all the way to his getaway car. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Jan 29, 2018
Season 2, Episode 15: Featuring Ontario Proud's Jeff Ballingall
00:23:26
On this weekend's QP Briefing podcast, the team chats with Jeff Ballingall, the founder of the anti-Wynne social media juggernaut Ontario Proud. We talk about how his provocative political content riles up emotions and generates clicks, what his brand of populism means for the democratic debate in Ontario, and someone who, it seems, does not like him very much. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Jan 21, 2018
Season 2, Episode 14: The Law and Order edition
00:23:44
On this edition of QP Briefing's weekend podcast, the team discusses the politics of raising the minimum wage and dives into several ongoing Ontario political court cases. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Jan 14, 2018
Season 2, Episode 13: Kathleen Wynne chats about motivation, the housing crisis and family quarrels
00:18:36
QP Briefing speaks with Premier Kathleen Wynne in a year-end interview.
Jan 07, 2018
Season 2, Episode 12: Andrea Horwath chats, muses — and sings
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NDP Leader Andrea Horwath talks campaigns, platforms and personal New Year's resolutions in a year-end interview with QP Briefing You might be surprised by her singing chops, too. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Dec 31, 2017
Season 2, Episode 2: Lagging Liberals, lawsuits, legislation and the last QP before Xmas
00:23:18
The QP Briefing team talks about the leaders and laggards in the fundraising race so far this year. Plus, the latest on two political lawsuits, how the clearing of the legislative decks sparked prorogation rumours and one very odd, rhyming Question Period. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Dec 17, 2017
Season 2, Episode 10: With special Cheri DiNovo
00:30:05
NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo joins the weekend podcast and talks about her decision to leave the hyperpartisanship of Queen's Park to return to the pulpit, the wheeling and dealing of passing private members' bills, and her advice for rookie MPPs elected next June.  Plus, why she criticized her own party after the last two elections and why she thinks things will be different this time. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Dec 10, 2017
Season 2, Episode 9: Featuring special guest Hillary Hartley
00:30:07
Ontario's first Chief Digital Officer, Hillary Hartley, joins the QP Briefing team to talk about bringing governments out of the stone age and into the internet era, her time at the White House, sexism and microaggressions in tech, and missing California avocados. Plus, she beatboxes. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY #onpoli #cdnpoli #Ontario #Canada #politics
Dec 03, 2017
Season 2, Episode 8: With special guest Brad Duguid
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The QP Briefing teams talks with Minister of Economic Development and Growth Brad Duguid about the ins and outs of job hunting when you've spent most of your life in politics, Rob Ford, Mel Lastman and Amazon. Plus, not to be outdone by one young Sam Oosterhoff, Duguid sings a little ode to Luckenbach, Texas. And as promised, here's a link to Duguid's CV on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brad-duguid/ Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Nov 26, 2017
Season 2, Episode 7: With special guest Sam Oosterhoff
00:22:35
Ontario's youngest-ever MPP joins QP Briefing's podcast this weekend. PC MPP Sam Oosterhoff talks ambition in politics, where social conservatives fit in Patrick Brown's big tent and... he sings for us. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Nov 19, 2017
Season 2, Episode 7 Teaser: Sam Oosterhoff sings
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Ontario's youngest-ever MPP Sam Oosterhoff is our special guest for this weekend's podcast. He's also the first MPP to ever sing on our podcast. You can listen to that here and we'll post the entire podcast on Sunday. Spoiler alert, he's got a voice on him.
Nov 16, 2017
Season 2, Episode 6: Featuring special guest Todd Smith
00:35:05
The QP Briefing team interviews PC MPP and Energy Critic Todd Smith about hydro politics, hockey fights and other blood sports. Plus, the latest on the gas plants trial and the lowdown on which MPPs speak the least and the most in the House. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Nov 12, 2017
Season 2, Episode 5: Oh See Aresee, casinos and school buses and pot don't mix
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QP Briefing's podcast is back for another week. We talk about what we about when we talk about marijuana, police reforms and welfare reform, as well as the explosive politics around a mundane bit of legislation about school buses. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Nov 05, 2017
Season 2, Episode 4 / Bribery trial, energy accounting and "gold standard" nomination contests
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QP Briefing delves into why the Crown's case against two Liberal operatives in the Sudbury bribery trial was tossed outright. We also explain the accounting acrobatics that crimped the government's style after the auditor general called out their financial form. Meanwhile, the Tories have been touting their "gold-standard" third-party oversight at nomination meetings, but confidential documents and disaffected party members suggest that veneer is more of a faded bronze. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Oct 29, 2017
Season 2, Episode 3 / With special guest Michal Hay
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QP Briefing chats with Michal Hay, director of Jagmeet Singh's winning campaign for the federal NDP Leadership, about youth in politics, the racist heckler and why the campaign HQ smelled like the good kind of BBQ chips. Plus a roundup of the Ontario political news of the week. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Oct 15, 2017
Season 2, Episode 2 / Hot schools, government ads, and what about those emails
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This week the team at QP Briefing takes a look at the fireworks in the legislature over hot schools and government advertising. We dive into a legal challenge over solitary confinement and an ongoing criminal trial of two Liberal former staffers over allegations of deleted emails. Now with more cowbell. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Oct 01, 2017
Season 2 Episode 1 / Nominations, trials and other tribulations
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QP Briefing's weekend podcast is back for another season. This week we have the lowdown on the political plowing match hoedown and the latest updates on two trials involving Ontario Liberals. We also take a deep dive into the issue of political nominations in Ontario. The first clip is of Premier Kathleen Wynne speaking to reporters and protesters outside of the Sudbury court where she testified last week. The second clip is PC Leader Patrick Brown speaking at his party's 2016 convention. Email jscross@torstar.ca with any questions, concerns or praise. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Sep 24, 2017
Balanced budget ad
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Balanced budget ad by QP Briefing
May 25, 2017
Episode 19/Live from the NDP convention, it's universal pharmacare
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It was a big weekend for Andrea Horwath. The Ontario NDP leader promised her party would bring universal pharmacare to the province if they form government in 2018, and New Democrats voted overwhelmingly against holding a leadership race to replace her. QP Briefing was on the floor of the NDP's 2017 convention, which is where we recorded this episode. Keep in mind that we also recorded this before the confidence vote, wherein 89 per cent of NDP delegates voted against holding a leadership race. Our soundbites this week are all Horwath. Email gzochodne@qpbriefing.com with any feedback. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Apr 23, 2017
Episode 18/B-Day
00:27:05
The 2017 Ontario budget will be tabled on Thursday, April 27. On this week's episode, we talk about what to expect as the Liberal government prepares to deliver its first balanced budget since the Great Recession. We also consider the federal government's latest move in legalizing marijuana and what it means for the provinces. 1:20 to 18:20 - Budget talk 18:20 to end - Bud talk Our soundbite this week is of Finance Minister Charles Sousa. Email gzochodne@qpbriefing.com with any feedback. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Apr 17, 2017
Episode 17/Feeling hot, hot, hot
00:19:50
The Greater Toronto Area's housing market is exploding, so what's a provincial government to do? We discuss that, as well as Deputy NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh's possible run at the federal New Democratic leadership, on this week's episode. 1:00 to 16:15 - Is housing the new hydro rates? 16:15 to end - Jagmeet Your soundbites this week are of Tim Hudak and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. Email gzochodne@qpbriefing.com with your feedback. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Apr 09, 2017
Episode 16/Let the sun shine in
00:21:13
After a brief hiatus (don't ask), The QP Briefing Podcast is back. This week, we break down the latest Sunshine List, as well as the procession of poor polling numbers for the Liberals and Premier Kathleen Wynne. Email gzochodne@qpbriefing.com with your feedback. Your soundbites this week are of Deputy Premier Deb Matthews, PC energy critic Todd Smith and Finance Minister Charles Sousa. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Apr 03, 2017
Episode 15/A night at the nomination contest
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What's the crowd like at a nomination contest? QP Briefing made the trip down for the Progressive Conservatives' Niagara West nomination battle, and we want to tell you all about it on this week's episode of the podcast. We've also got a roundup of news that happened during the March Break at Queen's Park. Email gzochodne@qpbriefing.com with your feedback. Your soundbite this week is of PC MPP Sam Oosterhoff. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Mar 19, 2017
Episode 14/Whither Wynne?
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On this week's episode, we consider an Ontario political world without Premier Kathleen Wynne. While the Premier may have said she's staying put, and intends to lead the Liberals into the 2018 provincial election, low polling numbers and otherwise have kicked up a bit of speculation. With that in mind, we discuss who may have eyes for Wynne's job, and even take a brief detour into the contentious topic of school closures. Email gzochodne@qpbriefing.com with your feedback. Timeline: 1:25 to 13:45 - Contenders? 14:12 to 22:15 - School closures 22:15 to end - Our possible picks for the next Liberal leader Your soundbites this week are of Wynne and Education Minister Mitzie Hunter. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive
Mar 12, 2017
Episode 13/Hydro Hail Mary
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This week's episode is all electricity, from the NDP's proposal to buy back shares of Hydro One to the Liberal government's new plan to reduce bills by a further 17 per cent. Email gzochodne@qpbriefing.com with your feedback. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive
Mar 06, 2017
Episode 12
00:27:48
Premier Kathleen Wynne's cabinet ministers used the terms "fake news" and "alternative facts" this week, so you know we're gonna have to talk about it on the podcast. We also discuss the all-party support of Ontario's own anti-Islamophobia motion, as well as Queen's Park deciding to end the practice of winter hydro disconnections. But, you know, not until after some politics. 1:30 to 12:15 - Islamophobia 13:00 to 21:10 - Winter hydro disconnections 21:35 to 27:40 - Don't say "fake news" Email gzochodne@qpbriefing.com with your feedback. Your soundbites this week are of Finance Minister Charles Sousa (with Speaker Dave Levac chiming in), Liberal MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers, PC Leader Patrick Brown, Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault and Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin McLeod From the Free Music Archive
Feb 26, 2017
Episode 11/Pension politics
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Ontario's Liberal government and the province's auditor general are at it again - and this time, it's pensionable. On this week's episode, we discuss the accounting clash and what it means for the province's bottom line. We also take a look ahead at the next sitting at Queen's Park. Email gzochodne@qpbriefing.com with your feedback. Timeline: 1:10 to 14:30 - Pension problems 15:05 to 26:05 - Legislature look-ahead  The soundbites this week are of Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk and Premier Kathleen Wynne.  Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin MacLeod From the Free Music Archive
Feb 19, 2017
Episode 10/Doctor, doctor, give me the news...
00:28:15
We're talking doctors this week on The QP Briefing Podcast, so brace yourself for a healthy dose of health-care-related discussion. We also have a conversation about the Progressive Conservatives shuffling their critic portfolios. Email gzochodne@qpbriefing.com with your feedback. Your timeline: 0:50 to 17:10 - Docs talks 17:20 to 28:10 - Tory shadow cabinet shuffle Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin MacLeod From the Free Music Archive
Feb 12, 2017
Episode 9/ Money, money, money
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On this week's podcast, we're talking about proposed pay hikes for public-sector execs, which the opposition is up in arms over but that the Liberal government has vowed to keep a close eye on. We also discuss another Progressive Conservative nomination brouhaha and a political blind date. Email gzochodne@qpbriefing.com with your feedback. Your soundbites this week are of Treasury Board President Liz Sandals and PC Leader Patrick Brown. The timeline: 1:30 to 11:50 - Proposed wage increases 12:00 to 16:30 - Another PC nomination brouhaha 16:35 to 20:50 - Blind dates! Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin MacLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Feb 05, 2017
Episode 8/Dear Mr. Wonderful...
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This week's episode highlights the correspondence of Kathleen Wynne and Kevin O'Leary, as well as the Premier's decision to put an end to Toronto's dreams of road tolls. Email gzochodne@qpbriefing.com with any questions or comments. Our soundbites this week are of Premier Kathleen Wynne and Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca. Timeline: 2:30 to 10:50-O'Leary-Ontario Liberal feud 10:50 to 13:00-Jagmeet Singh 13:45 to 26:00-Toll talk 26:10 to 30:16-We went on a tour of Queen's Park Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin MacLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Jan 29, 2017
Episode 7/The electric avenue
00:27:19
On this week's episode, Geoff and Jessica talk about the raging debate around hydro rates, while Sabrina interviews Labour Minister Kevin Flynn. Email gzochodne@qpbriefing.com with your feedback. 1:40 to 12:30 - electricity prices 12:40 to 27:00 - interview with Kevin Flynn Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin MacLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Jan 22, 2017
Episode 6/The mini-shuffle edition
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It's all about Premier Kathleen Wynne's #minishuffle of her cabinet in this week's episode. Email us with your feedback at gzochodne@qpbriefing.com. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin MacLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Jan 15, 2017
Episode 5
00:24:57
The QP Briefing Podcast is back! For our first episode of 2017, we're talking political fundraising and the rules that are now in place in the province. We also discuss the ongoing health transfer fight between the feds and the provinces. Email gzochodne@qpbriefing.com with any questions or comments. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin MacLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Jan 08, 2017
Episode 4
00:31:03
It's Episode 4 of The QP Briefing Podcast, and it's a big one for us, as it features our year-end interviews with Premier Kathleen Wynne and PC Leader Patrick Brown. What does Wynne want to give Brown for Christmas? You'll have to listen to find out. Email gzochodne@qpbriefing.com with any comments or questions. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin MacLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Dec 23, 2016
Episode 3
00:29:10
The QP Briefing Podcast has returned for its third episode with a year-end interview with NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. Not only that, but there's more social conservative talk to be had and a discussion about legalized marijuana. Email gzochodne@qpbriefing.com with any questions or comments. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin MacLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Dec 16, 2016
Episode 2
00:26:43
Welcome to our second-ever episode of The QP Briefing Podcast. On this week's edition, we discuss PC MPP Sam Oosterhoff's introduction to the Queen's Park Press Gallery, as well as the problems with the Progressive Conservative nomination contests and the debate raging around road tolls. Email gzochodne@qpbriefing.com with any questions. Music: "Private Eye" by Kevin MacLeod From the Free Music Archive CC BY
Dec 11, 2016
Episode 1
00:19:08
This is the first episode of the QP Briefing podcast. Listen along as reporters Geoff Zochodne, Sabrina Nanji and Jessica Smith Cross discuss the release of the Ontario auditor general's 2016 annual report and the passage of a bill that will ban corporations and unions from making political donations. To contact us, email gzochodne@qpbriefing.com or go to qpbriefing.com.
Dec 03, 2016