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Political Capital 3 - Site C approved (again), the legislature returns, housing prices soar

Today's episode is a big dam deal. If we do say so ourselves.

Premier John Horgan doubles down on the Site C dam with a controversial decision to approve a new $16 billion budget, but did he have any other choice? Rob Shaw and the political panel of Maclean Kay, Katy Merrifield and Jillian Oliver debate dam politics, the return of the legislature, housing prices and an online social media campaign by the province for mental health bingo that went horribly wrong.

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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. 


  • Last week's Political Capital sang the song (a capella) of the time church fought the law, won.
  • This week's #BCPOLI Hotstove also called out the provincial government's now-infamous mental health self-care bingo card, which landed like someone getting a bingo three minutes into the game at the community arena fundraiser. Which, if you've seen that happen, isn't popular.
  • Justin P. Goodrich welcomed Sarah Kirby-Yung to A Second Look to discuss that very short-lived but no less controversial billboard in Vancouver.