Podcasts

Province House press gallery members talk about the special relationship between the media and MLAs (OS13)

We spoke with members of the press gallery at province house to hear what they had to say, about what MLAs had to say about them.

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Ex-MLAs talk about the special relationship between the media and politicians in Nova Scotia (OS12)

We never set out to ask MLAs about their relationship with the media, but it was a topic that came up regularly when we asked them one question in particular.

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SE #27: Party discipline is ‘political immaturity’ - Interview with Howard Epstein

Howard Epstein was elected seven consecutive times to serve his constituents on the Halifax peninsula. Twice as a municipal councillor and five times as an MLA. Howard, an NDP member, was not afraid to speak out when he felt the party was not living up to it's principles. We talk...

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SE #26: "Courtesy isn't always reciprocated' - Michele Raymond

This week, we share our interview with Michelle Raymond, who is a former NDP MLA for the riding of Halifax Atlantic. She served from 2003 to 2012. Michelle held a relatively low profile during her career as an MLA - she served on the backbenches of the NDP government - but...

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Special Ep #25 George Archibald: "[The other side] is not Attila the Hun"

George Archibald was the seventh generation of the Archibald family to serve in the Nova Scotia legislature. His time in the legislature spanned two decades (the 80s and 90s). In this interview with Louise Cockram from the Off Script team, he describes some of the dramatic changes he observed over...

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Special Ep #24: Francene Cosman: "I get the fire in my belly"

Francene has worn many political hats in her day: first Mayor of Bedford, PC Party Candidate, Liberal Party Executive Director, Liberal MLA and Minister of Community Services just to name a few of them. Here's our extended interview with Francene where she talks about winning a hotly contested nomination meeting,...

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Special Ep #23: "Corrosive - that's probably the best word." - Graham Steele Interview

Graham Steele was the Finance Minister in Darrell Dexter's NDP Government. In this podcast he talks about his personal path in and out of politics, and why (if he could do it over again) he'd run for city council instead of the provincial legislature. Since leaving politics he's written a...

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Special Ep #22: From Church Minister to Environment Minister - Interview with Mark Parent

This week’s featured interview is with Mark Parent, a former PC Party MLA and environment minister. Mark spoke to us about a range of his experiences in public life: - his transition from being an NDP supporter, to backing Flora MacDonald's 'red toryism'; - the flagship legislation he spearheaded as...

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Special Ep #21: Eleanor Norrie’s stories - Negotiating with Texans, telephone voting, closing the Teacher’s College and co-writing an election platform.

Eleanor Norrie shares stories about her time in politics, including her negotiations with Texan oil tycoons as Natural Resources minister, chairing the failed attempt at running a leadership convention by telephone voting, taking part in the cabinet decision to close the Nova Scotia Teacher’s College (which was in her writing)...

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Special Ep #20: 'Why? Because I can' - Yvonne Atwell

Yvonne was the NDP MLA for the riding of Preston for just 18 months in the late 90s. Despite having a relatively short career in elected public office, she has plenty of reflections on her time as an MLA, and the state of politics in Nova Scotia.

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