Episode #93 — How high will Chrystia Freeland’s star rise? What new policies might be in the next Throne Speech? Which Erin O’Toole will we see in parliament?


The other half of our politics panel (those who did not appear on Episode #92) — editor & podcaster Donald Fraser, campaign manager & consultant Lauren Hunter and math teacher & writer Tim Etherington — assesses the Conservative leadership vote. Then they evaluate the turmoil in Ottawa as the Liberals change finance ministers, prorogue parliament, and signal major changes in their next throne speech. What sort of Conservative leader will O’Toole turn out to be? Is he a social conservative pretending to be a moderate centrist? Or vice-versa? Was prorogation necessary? What was the so-called WE scandal all about and was it really a scandal at all? This panel discussion was recorded online on September 1st; it is just over 27 minutes. The sound quality is a bit spotty due to the variety of microphone technologies used. Recording online also means that voice volumes are more challenging to control. Listeners may have to adjust the volume periodically. Before the pandemic, these podcast episodes were usually recorded in one of Trent Radio’s broadcast studios. Trent Radio House is closed due to the pandemic until further notice.

Pints & Politics is:

  • A discussion-based radio program all about politics from Peterborough, Canada, about 130 kms. northeast of Toronto.  In the Peterborough area, you can find us at 92.7 FM, CFFF.  Our 700-watt signal reaches an area within a radius of 40 kilometers of Peterborough. If you are not in the Peterborough area, you can also live-stream the program from the Trent Radio website.
  • An archive of Peterborough-focused podcast episodes. Our current episode is at the top of this page.
  • Before the pandemic, Pints & Politics also used to be an informal gathering of local pundits at the Garnet Pub on Hunter Street near Aylmer in downtown Peterborough every Thursday at 5:00 p.m.  The format was entirely unstructured beyond the sharing of first names.  We talked about whatever people wanted to talk about.  As we met in a public space, everything was on the record. Curious?  When the restrictions are lifted and the Garnet re-opens, join us.  You don’t have to drink beer.  Listening skills are seldom required.  Good ranting skills are essential.

Pints & Politics broadcasts every Thursday at 8:00 p.m. on Trent Radio at 92.7 FM.  Our next radio program will be on Trent Radio on September 17th.  For all the past shows, go to the “Archive of all our podcasts” tab at the top of this page.  We are changing formats in that our podcast episodes will now be about 30 minutes long instead of one hour.  Please let us know any feedback you may have about the old long format vs. this new shorter length.

If you think of a panel topic we should cover, please let me know at my email address below.  If you would like to join a guest panel for a particular topic, suggestions are most welcome.

Our Focus:

On the radio show and in these podcasts, we explore political culture, ideas, trends, issues, electoral politics, and the practice of politics in traditional and social media, all from a Canadian perspective.  While our programs are Peterborough-focused, we also tackle provincial, national and international issues.   We discuss articles, news stories, media comments, and the latest buzz.  We talk with guests from a wide range of backgrounds and affiliations.

While we don’t shy away from taking a stand, we strive to present a diversity of opinion.

We post on Twitter (@billtemp) and on our new Facebook page (Pints & Politics Podcast).  These podcasts are also available on iTunes and on Stitcher. Please send us your feedback by using the comments field below each podcast.  Or let us know on our Facebook page.  You can also send me a note: bill (dot) templeman (at) gmail.com

Host: Bill Templeman