In The House
Political columnists Michael Smyth and Rob Shaw report from the heart of British Columbia's politics.
Rob and Mike take a holiday break
Hosts Rob Shaw and Mike Smyth are taking a break over the holidays but will return in January 2020 with new episodes of In The House. Happy Holidays!
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B.C.’s speculation tax goes through another ove...
B.C.’s speculation tax goes through another in a series of overhauls, a brewing economic crisis in the forestry sector is becoming a political issue for the NDP government and rumours abound about a spring election. Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw discuss...
33 min
Pharmacare, LNG, taxis and a new Green leader
B.C. weighs in with other provinces on a national Pharmacare program, Premiers Horgan and Kenney find common ground on LNG, the taxi sector takes one last stab at delaying ride-hailing and hosts Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw look at what Andrew Weaver’s...
34 min
B.C. government clinging to shrinking surplus
Why B.C.’s budget surplus shrinking, Chilliwack Liberal MLA John Martin faces a nomination challenge in his riding and Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson is hesitant to outline his tax changes. Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw break down the week in...
29 min
Pressure mounts on Horgan government to solve t...
The NDP government feels the pressure from a planned strike by bus drivers in Metro Vancouver, the premier sets a new “federal lead” MLA on cell-phone pricing, ICBC limps toward online renewals, and more this week in B.C. politics.
30 min
Why are gas prices still so high?
B.C.’s second review into gas prices is complete, but why do we still have no idea why the price at the pump is so high? And why is the NDP government fighting the children’s representative in court to forbid her access to child welfare files?...
32 min
Can Greens stay relevant at critical time in cl...
The B.C. and federal Green parties are looking for leaders. What do they have to do to stay relevant at this critical time in their future? Plus, hosts Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw take a look at the Metro Vancouver transit labour dispute and other labour...
31 min
Angry farmers, more ICBC problems and a beleagu...
Angry farmers show up at the legislature to raise heck about the NDP government’s changes to farm protection rules. Continued problems at ICBC look like they might provide ammunition for the BC Liberals, but end up blowing up in the face of the...
33 min
What do the federal election results mean for B.C?
What do the federal election results mean for B.C., and what lesson should the BC Green-NDP alliance take away from new minority federal parliament? Also, why are the BC NDP and Liberals flip-flopping on the issue of Freedom of Information? Mike...
33 min
Veteran MLA Linda Reid made rookie mistake runn...
B.C. voters are two years away from the next provincial election and the NDP is starting to be saddled with mid-term baggage, Mike Smyth digs into his interview with Speaker Darryl Plecas, and some Liberal MLAs have started to announce their...
30 min
Key figure in B.C. spending scandal was archite...
B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver announces his resignation plans, the latest in the legislature spending scandal with a new bombshell report, Jinny Sims resigns, and the NDP starts to feel the heat on ICBC rate changes. Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw...
41 min
Premier Horgan's UBCM performance may haunt him
Finance Minister Carole James cracks down on “discretionary” spending to protect the budget, Premier John Horgan cracks jokes (to mixed reviews) at his UBCM speech, the legislature spending scandal rolls on, and MLAs prepare to return to work in...
42 min
Parents left hanging as parties play politics w...
B.C. wins in court against Alberta on pipelines, mayors are furious at government’s clawback of a rural support fund, the public inquiry into money laundering starts to take shape, teen vaping becomes a B.C. health issue, and civic politicians play...
33 min
War over private auto insurance heats up
The war over private auto insurance heats up with a new advertising campaign, the government unveils its long-awaited aid plan for forestry workers, and Green leader Andrew Weaver suffers a health scare. Hosts Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw break it all down.
23 min
Federal political parties are off to the races
The show returns from summer break for the launch of the federal election campaign. How do things look for the four parties in battleground B.C.? Mike and Rob also catch everyone up on ride-hailing and the NDP government’s faux surprise at taxi...
45 min
Summer break
In The House hosts Rob Shaw and Mike Smyth are taking a break for the rest of July. The podcast is scheduled to return in early August. 
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Gas companies refuse to report profits despite ...
Gas companies refuse to disclose their profit margins to a public inquiry. What are they so afraid of and what’s going on? Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum is running into trouble holding on to his council and getting his police plan into reality. Mike...
29 min
Critics raise red flag over China-UBCM sponsors...
Call The Question podcast hosts Lesli Boldt and Maria Dobrinskaya join Mike and Rob to discuss Chinese sponsorship of UBCM, public trust in politicians, reductions to the electric vehicle rebate program, the government sale of surplus properties, and...
57 min
Trudeau wants it both ways on environment in pi...
What does Ottawa's TMX approval mean for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s chances to win B.C. seats in the upcoming federal election? Plus, Rob and Mike look at how the B.C. government subtly shifted its tone on the project.
33 min
B.C.'s forestry sector facing major meltdown
Special guest Shane Woodford, CHNL Radio News Director, joins Mike and Rob to talk whether falling gas prices leads to less pressure on Premier John Horgan, the crisis in the forestry sector on the ground in the interior, and a report card of sorts on...
42 min
No filter for McCallum in pitch for Surrey PD
Will B.C. approve a new police force for Surrey? What happens next after a dramatic blow-up involving the Speaker and cloned hard drives at the legislature? And is the new inquiry into gas prices just a big waste of time? Rob Shaw and Mike...
39 min
Is B.C. NDP toolbox empty when it comes to bloc...
B.C. gets walloped by the Court of Appeal on its pipeline reference question, Jody Wilson-Raybould decides to run as an independent, the costs of investigating the legislature scandal continue to rise, and a look at the surprisingly moderate and...
34 min
Horgan keeps getting hammered over gas prices
Why aren’t taxes part of an inquiry into skyrocketing gas prices? What’s the latest in the latest standoff between teachers and the provincial government? Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw break down the latest B.C. political news.  
40 min
B.C. spending scandal report lands with a thud ...
A bombshell report by former chief justice Beverly McLachlin into the legislature spending scandal lands. What allegations panned out and what fizzled into nothing? We hear audio from Speaker Darryl Plecas and suspended sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz....
43 min
Crack down on money laundering like playing wha...
Host Rob Shaw with guests Vaughn Palmer and Richard Zussman examine the Green Party’s win in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith byelection, money laundering in B.C.’s luxury-car sector, Premier John Horgan's actions on gas prices, “photo radar 2.0” at...
39 min
B.C.-Alberta pipeline dispute pivots toward gas...
Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw break down the pipeline dispute between Alberta and B.C., analyze the comments of Premiers Jason Kenney and John Horgan, take look at the NDP government’s new labour bill and also blurt out massive spoilers about Game of...
33 min
Premier Horgan on hot seat over gas prices
This week on In The House, Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw ask why Premier John Horgan thinks refineries are the solution to skyrocketing gas prices and dig up Horgan’s old plan in 2007 to cap and regulate the price of gas in B.C. What happened to that...
33 min
Introducing Down to Business
Coming April 24: There hasn’t yet been a podcast dedicated to a wide range of Canadian business stories. We want to change that.   Down to Business is a new podcast devoted to what you need to know about Canadian business this week in under 30...
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Kenney victory ripples through B.C. political l...
This week on In The House, Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw dissect Jason Kenney’s victory in the Alberta election and what it will mean for B.C., when we could see an all-out-legal war between the provinces, what can be done about the high price of gas at...
29 min
Political finger pointing over money laundering...
This week on In The House, Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw dig into new legislation that bans ticket bots. Will the changes help you get a better price on your favourite concert tickets? They also delve into the politics around B.C.’s...
44 min
Spec tax, ICBC, LNG put B.C. NDP on the defensive
This week on In The House, Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw discuss who is embarrassed and who is pleased by the NDP losing a vote on its LNG legislation. The pair also talk about female workers at the legislature winning their right to bare arms,...
39 min
Weaver exposes B.C. NDP's confusing position on...
This week on In The House, Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw discuss the BC Green Party’s effective and harsh criticism of the new NDP legislation on LNG, the questions left unanswered after a new report on ride-hailing and the politics being played with big...
45 min
B.C. NDP focus on strengthening immunization pr...
Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer subs in for Mike Smyth and discusses with Rob Shaw the B.C. government’s new poverty reduction plan, measles vaccination programs, the election call in Alberta and the new federal government budget.
33 min
B.C. NDP shaky on education file in Vancouver, ...
This week on In The House, Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw discuss the latest in the SNC-Lavalin affair, as well as challenges facing Education Minister Rob Fleming on Surrey school portables and Vancouver school closures, as well as the future of the NDP...
35 min
Butts on hot seat in SNC-Lavalin scandal
In this week’s podcast, Province columnist Mike Smyth and Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer discuss the SNC-Lavalin scandal rocking the Justin Trudeau government in Ottawa. Closer to home, Smyth and Palmer talk about Liberal leader Andrew...
23 min
B.C. a key battleground for rookie MP Singh, em...
This week on In The House, Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw discuss NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s victory in the federal Burnaby-South byelection, the NDP government’s response to threatened school closures in Vancouver, the latest in the legislature spending...
39 min
What's in (and isn't in) the NDP's 2019 B.C. Bu...
Political columnists Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw give their take on the B.C. NDP's priorities for the year and the response by the B.C. Greens and Liberals.
37 min
B.C. NDP hit populist note in throne speech
B.C. NDP hit populist note in throne speech
36 min
B.C. government moves toward transparency in wa...
This week on the In The House podcast, Rob Shaw and guest host Vaughn Palmer discuss a busy time in B.C. politics, including the final count of the Nanaimo byelection, the Auditor General’s look at B.C. Hydro deferral accounts, the legislature being...
21 min
NDP holds while Liberals outlook improves in Na...
Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw discuss the byelection results in Nanaimo, how the Liberals increased their vote but fell short, how the NDP held on to the riding and why the BC Greens collapsed. What does this mean for the future of all three parties?  
25 min
B.C. spending scandal implicates MLAs of major ...
Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw take a deeper look at the fallout of the Speaker Darryl Plecas report, the political maneuvering by the parties, Plecas’s first public comments to reporters and the troubled history of expenses that implicates MLAs of all...
28 min
Bombshell report on overspending drops at B.C. ...
Emergency Podcast
21 min
Federal and Provincial By-Election Bedlam
By-election Bedlam: This week, Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw discuss big developments in two ongoing by-elections – a resignation in the federal race in Burnaby South and the fallout of new speculation tax rules in the provincial race in Nanaimo. They...
24 min
Smyth and Shaw predictions for 2019
Hosts Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw look into the future and share their 2019 predictions including the future of ride-sharing in British Columbia, the possibility of a cabinet shuffle, the return of Christy Clark and much more.
27 min
BC Premier John Horgan
Postmedia political reporters Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw discuss key moments in a recent conversation with British Columbia Premier John Horgan.
33 min
Green Leader Andrew Weaver
Postmedia political reporters Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw discuss key moments in a recent conversation with Green Leader Andrew Weaver.
31 min
Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson fights for the ...
Hosts Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw discuss Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson’s comments about setting a new party agenda and looking to the future, the NDP’s class war and if there could be an early new year general election.
26 min
Victoria in High Gear: Uber, ICBC and More
Hosts Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw put the recent events in the house aside and look at stories that were overshadowed in the last few weeks.
33 min
Troubles in the House
Postmedia reporters Mike Smyth and Rob Shaw launch the newly revamped IN THE HOUSE podcast with a discussion about the unprecedented events of the last week in the legislature.
22 min