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Political Capital with Rob Shaw

Join CHEK News Political Correspondent Rob Shaw and a lively panel of guests for a weekly breakdown of all of the news in B.C. politics, with analysis and commentary that helps make sense of the latest stories in and around the B.C. legislature.

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#138 - BC United candidate controversy + Eby's equalization fight
June 14, 2024 The BC United party is hit by a candidate controversy involving Asad Gondal, the president of the BC Muslim Association, and the fallout affects party leader Kevin Falcon in a variety of ways. Plus, a look at Premier David Eby's sudden fight with Ottawa on equalization payments, on the eve of an election. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Allie Blades, Jillian Oliver and Jeff Ferrier. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
36:38 6/15/24
#137 - Elenore Sturko defects to Conservatives, BC United child care plan
June 7, 2024 - The panel breaks down the stunning news of BC United's Elenore Sturko defecting to the BC Conservative party - what it means for all political parties. Plus, a look at BC United's child care plan to supercharge the NDP's $10-a-day system with cash subsidies, and whether that is effective timing to turn the page for United. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier, Allie Blades and Jillian Oliver. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
41:21 6/7/24
#136 - BC Conservatives pick up a United MLA, and eject a candidate
May 31, 2024 - BC Conservatives gain a BC United MLA, who crosses the floor and kickstarts a panic inside the United caucus. Also, the Conservatives lose a candidate in Courtenay due to social media posts and blame vetting, though the problem is actually judgement. And in an audio extra, a look at the latest Angus Reid poll. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jillian Oliver, Jeff Ferrier and Carlie Pochynok. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
33:38 5/31/24
#135 - BC Conservatives reject BC United's non-compete offer
May 24, 2024 - BC's surging Conservative party has rejected a non-compete offer from BC United, what does it mean, who would have benefited and lost from such a deal, and more. The pod squad breaks it all down. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier, Jillian Oliver and Carlie Pochynok. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
26:33 5/24/24
#134 - ICBC rebate, decriminalization, abortion
May 10, 2024 - Premier David Eby offers up ICBC rebates but is it just a move to change the channel from negative performance? Plus, Ottawa grants B.C.’s re-criminalization request, does that put the issue to bed before an election? And Greens call on leaders to make clear their position on abortion rights. Plus audio podcast extras on cybersecurity and Canfor’s forestry layoffs. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff  Ferrier, Allie Blades and Jillian Oliver. Brought to you by Uber Canada. 
44:55 5/10/24
#133 - Decrim debate goes national, STR rules kick in, pipeline politics
May 3, 2024 - BC's decriminalization request sparks a week of fiery national politics, so how does that filter back down to the provincial level and what are the implications? Plus, restrictions on short-term rentals kicked in this week, and are there any unintended consequences for government on the issue? And one of the most controversial projects in B.C.'s history, the Trans Mountain pipeline, quietly finishes and starts pumping oil, but does it mean anything politically anymore? Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier and Jillian Oliver. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
22:54 5/3/24
#132 - Decrim backdown, premier vs social media companies
April 26, 2024 - Premier David Eby backs down on decriminalization in the wake of weeks of negative stories about its unintended consequences, plus, the NDP government seeks safety improvements from social media companies by pausing a bill that would have allowed for more lawsuits. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier, Allie Blades and Jillian Oliver. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
26:38 4/26/24
#131 - Police on decriminalization, federal budget 2024
BC's police chiefs say they are largely powerless to respond to open drug use in many places, in the wake of decriminalization, once again raising questions about whether the decrim program is viable. Plus, a look at how BC is positioned in the wake of a federal budget that largely steals many of its housing ideas. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Allie Blades, Jeff Ferrier and a returning Jillian Oliver. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
20:27 4/20/24
#130 - CleanBC grant scandal, more drug use in hospitals, Surrey policing
The BC government finds itself reeling on three fronts: A CleanBC grant scandal involving alleged conflicts of interest with a private company administering carbon tax grants, as well as a growing chorus of nurses and patients upset about rampant drug use in hospitals, and the ongoing drama involving the Surrey police issue. Plus, a conversation about the latest BC political party fundraising numbers and what it means heading into the election. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Khelsilem, Jeff Ferrier and Allie Blades.  Brought to you by Uber Canada.
42:53 4/13/24
#129 - BC Conservatives, carbon tax, hospital drug use, Haida title and NDP nomination fight
April 5, 2024 - Can BC continue to defend the carbon tax in the face of a political onslaught by federal Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre, who is touring the province criticizing Premier David Eby? Is BC's decriminalization pilot project contributing to rising open drug use inside BC hospitals? And BC's Conservative party is seeing continued popularity, but facing candidate vetting problem growing pains. Plus, audio podcast extra discussion on the Haida Nation title agreement, and a surprise nomination battle outcome for the BC NDP in the riding of Vancouver-Little Mountain. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Khelsilem, Jeff Ferrier and Allie Blades.
57:33 4/6/24
#128 - BC cracks down on social media and trucking companies
March 15, 2024 - The BC government is going after social media companies and the trucking industry, while extending a helping hand to the wine and forestry sectors. Our panel breaks it all down. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier, Allie Blades and Carlie Pochynok. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
40:10 3/15/24
#127 - Selina Robinson's resignation
March 8, 2024 - The stunning resignation of Selina Robinson from the BC NDP caucus leads to questions about antisemitism inside the party and what Premier David Eby should have done, and should do now, to address the issues. Plus, a look at the fascinating race to replace the retiring George Heyman as the NDP candidate for Vancouver-Little Mountain. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Allie Blades, Jeff Ferrier and Khelsilem. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
26:14 3/8/24
#126 - $10-a-day child care troubles, flipping tax
March 1, 2024 - Can the NDP government ever fulfill its $10-a-day child care promise? More communities ask for exemptions from the new short-term rental law Plus, is the new flipping tax good policy or politics (or both)? And, BC United questions why 'manhole' covers are being renamed by the province to remove gendered language. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Carlie Pochynok and Jeff Ferrier. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
31:41 3/1/24
#125 - BC Budget, BC Builds, Land Act
The BC NDP drops its re-election budget, but there's not a lot of shiny goodies for voters -- what's going on and what does it mean for the governing party in an election year? The prime minister visits BC to boost the BC Builds program. And in an audio extra, the NDP pauses changes to the Land Act. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Allie Blades, Jeff Ferrier and Khelsilem.
43:01 2/23/24
#124 - BC Builds vs BC United rent-to-own, Richmond safe injection site
Government-built rental apartments or a rent-to-own plan? That's just one of the main differences we discuss this week on the show as the BC NDP and BC United square off on housing policy. Plus, a lookahead to the megaweek in BC politics next week, with a throne speech and budget. And as an audio podcast extra, a discussion about the public backlash and maneuvering on a supervised consumption site in Richmond.Host Rob Shaw is joined by Allie Blades, Jeff Ferrier and special guest Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
42:04 2/17/24
#123 - Selina Robinson removed from cabinet
Post-Secondary Minister Selina Robinson was removed from cabinet by Premier David Eby this week after hateful comments about Palestine -- how did the premier handle it, what will the ramifications be for the NDP and what does it mean for BC politics? Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jillian Oliver, Jeff Ferrier and Allie Blades. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
23:10 2/10/24
#122 - Land Act changes, Sonia Furstenau's riding, BC United ads
February 2, 2024 - BC is facing criticism for a lack of communication on sweeping changes to BC's Land Act. BC Green leader Sonia Furstenau switches ridings. And BC United launches a new advertising campaign, amidst new polling numbers that show BC Conservatives surging. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier, Allie Blades and Jillian Oliver.
32:53 2/2/24
#121 - Overdose crisis, social media bill, international student cap
January 26, 2024 - Premier David Eby and B.C.'s chief coroner disagree over what to do to curb a record number of deaths caused by toxic drugs. Plus, the premier forecasts legislation to sue social media companies for harm. Ottawa brings in a new international student cap that will have big ramifications for B.C.'s colleges and universities. And, a discussion about BC United MLA Ellis Ross's decision to jump to federal politics. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Allie Blades, Jeff Ferrier and Jillian Oliver.
43:27 1/26/24
#120 - Cabinet shuffle, natural resources week
Premier David Eby shuffles out his children's minister, but why did it take so long and what happens now? Plus, it's natural resources week, and both the premier and BC United leader Kevin Falcon propose plans for forestry and mining, to varying degrees of success. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier, Allie Blades and Jillian Oliver. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
22:03 1/19/24
#119 - Court ruling on drug use, health care polling, Surrey policing
Premier David Eby criticizes the BC Supreme Court on its injunction against his drug use restriction law, but what does the NDP's shifting position on decriminalization amount to? A new poll shows public confidence has collapsed in government health care, is this an opening for other parties during an election year? Plus, in our podcast extra this week, we discuss what the BC government should do about Surrey's refusal to pay for 10 new police recruits, and the recent passing of former federal NDP leader Ed Broadbent. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier, Allie Blades and Jillian Oliver. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
37:45 1/12/24
#118 - A lookahead to BC politics in 2024!
Our last show of 2023 sees the panel dust off the crystal ball and look ahead to 2024 - where are BC's political parties right now, what do they need to be doing to start the year, when will candidates announce, will the premier shuffle his cabinet and what should we look for in the February provincial budget? All of this, as we start counting down the days to the Oct. 19, 2024 provincial election. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jillian Oliver, Jeff Ferrier and Allie Blades. Political Capital will return in mid-January!
23:08 12/22/23
#117 -Top political stories of 2023
As a busy 2023 comes to a close, the Pod Squad takes a look at the top BC political stories of the year. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Allie Blades, Jeff Ferrier and Jillian Oliver.
22:46 12/16/23
#116 - BC housing price drop, BC United/Conservative merger speculation
The BC government unveils new economic modelling that shows a potential price drop for housing due to its new laws, but is that realistic? And another poll shows a split between the BC United and Conservative parties, leading to speculation of merger talks. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Allie Blades, Jeff Ferrier and Jillian Oliver.
39:06 12/8/23
#115 - NDP housing laws, legislative session, BC United fundraising
Premier David Eby passes his major housing reforms into law - what does this mean for his government? The legislative session ends, and we look at how the parties and leaders performed. Plus, a look at a new fundraising campaign by BC United to raise money for its Brand Awareness Fund, and what that says about how the party's renaming process has gone. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier, Allie Blades and Jillian Oliver. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
41:23 12/1/23
#114 - Climate politics, speculation tax, homeless bill, Katrina Chen
A major week in BC climate politics as the opposition BC United and Conservative parties table their climate plans, and the NDP seeks to backstop their position by considering new affordability measures. Plus, the government expands the speculation tax, using new branding to cover up any criticism along the way. In audio extras this week: UBCM calls on government to withdraw a homelessness bill. And a discussion about the retirement of Burnaby MLA Katrina Chen. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jillian Oliver and Jeff Ferrier. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
39:24 11/24/23
#113 - Labour rules for gig economy, anti-racism hotline, NDP convention, Surrey policing
The NDP government brings in long-awaited rules for drivers at Uber, Skip the Dishes and other gig economy roles - do they hit the mark? A new anti-racism hotline is set to go live three years after it was first promised. And a look-ahead to the BC NDP convention, one year before the election. Plus, Mike Farnworth suspends the Surrey police board, so is it clear sailing for a municipal force now?Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier of Framepoint Strategies, Allie Blades of Mash Strategies and Carlie Pochynok of Hill & Knowlton. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
39:54 11/17/23
#112 - Even more new housing legislation, BC Green deputy leader resigns, BC Conservatives call for Dr. Henry to be fired
Premier David Eby's government continues its rapid pace of housing legislation, with a new bill to allow condo tours around transit hubs. The BC Greens lose their deputy leader over his social media activity and the BC Conservatives hold a rally calling for Dr. Bonnie Henry to be fired and unvaccinated healthcare workers to be rehired. Plus, in our audio extras, we discuss the political pros and cons of the NDP moving so quickly on housing, and whether it leaves opposition parties any room to maneuver.Jeff Ferrier, Allie Blades and guest panelist Khelsilem join host Rob Shaw.Brought to you by Uber Canada.
46:18 11/11/23
#111 - Housing sector reforms, provincial safe supply to reduce overdose deaths and changes to the carbon tax.
Premier David Eby tables huge reforms to the housing sector, BC's chief coroner wants to expand the provincial safe supply to reduce overdose deaths, and political parties jockey for positions on reforming the carbon tax. Plus, as an audio extra, we discuss former Premier John Horgan's appointment as Canada's ambassador to Germany. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Allie Blades of Mash Strategies, Jeff Ferrier of Framepoint Public Affairs and strategist Jillian Oliver. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
40:09 11/4/23
#110 - Ottawa stuns BC on carbon tax changes, BC debates short-term rental changes and Halloween ghost stories
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has left BC in a bind over changes to the carbon tax. The BC NDP debates (and then dismisses) Opposition amendments to its short-term rental legislation. And as a podcast audio extra, we discuss what topics are haunting BC politicians as we approach spooky Halloween. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jeff Ferrier, Allie Blades and Jillian Oliver. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
32:36 10/27/23
#109 - BC targets short-term rentals, police act changes, Lytton, one-year mark to next election
Oct 20, 2023 - Does BC's new legislation to crack down on short-term rentals hit the mark, and how has the NDP government handled the issue? Does a new bill changing the Police Act bring to an end the long-running Surrey policing dispute? And why is the province so slow, and so absent, in helping the Village of Lytton rebuild after almost two and a half years? Plus it's the one-year mark to the next election, where do the parties sit and where do they have to go to be successful in 12 short months? Our PodSquad breaks it all down. Host Rob Shaw is joined by Allie Blades, Jeff Ferrier and Jillian Oliver. Brought to you by Uber Canada.
52:53 10/20/23