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Political Capital 13 - Kevin Falcon leadership bid, BC vaccine passports, and more

Know where you don't need a vaccine passport? To watch a cruise ship sail past BC en route to Alaska.

Former finance minister Kevin Falcon launches his leadership bid with a giant target on his back, what should he do next? BC confirms it is developing a vaccine passport, but are the privacy concerns enough to derail the idea? And an angry Alaskan congressional delegation makes Premier John Horgan the villain as they pass legislation to bypass BC during cruise ship season - how did that get so out of control so quickly?

Host Rob Shaw is joined by Jillian Oliver and Katy Merrifield to break down the latest 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. 


  • In Political Capital 12 (yes, it was two weeks ago, these things happen) the panel wondered if bureaucrats really can walk and chew gum at the same time.
  • Kevin Falcon's leadership bid was a primary topic of this week's #BCPOLI Hotstove.
  • In the first Amplify episode on Ellected, which amplifies up and coming women in politics, Sarah Elder-Chamanara welcomes Amarit Brar, Organization Chair of the National Women’s Liberal Commission.