It came and went, and now it’s over. The 2021 Federal Election belongs to the ages now, history was made with Canada’s pandemic election, and the decision of the Canadian people was that the government they elected in 2019 is the government they want to remain in charge, at least for now. All of this unfolded in four hours of completely unrehearsed radio madness on your campus and community radio station.
For this week’s podcast, we’re going to break the format and play some highlights from this past Monday’s Federal Election Night coverage on CFRU. Open Sources Guelph co-host Scotty Hertz, CFRU Programming Director Christopher Currie, freelance writer Jack Fisher, and me, Adam A. Donaldson, were the fantastic four leading the coverage from the CFRU (virtual) decision desk.
Along with the night’s panelists, you will also hear from our special guests. We were joined by Lidia Rajcan, a political reporter for The Ontarion and recent University of Guelph grad who gave us some colour commentary from campus and the student vote. We were also joined by reporter, podcaster and author Nora Loreto who talked about her view of the campaign, how there was surprisingly little pandemic coverage, and her upcoming book.
It terms of the rest of this 105 minutes of outtakes and highlights, we talked about the line-ups at polling places, the best of the fringe parties, and Guelph’s history with the man who’s run for office in Canada 102 times. There’s also a tonne of Canadian political trivia to stump even the most esoteric minds, razor sharp analysis about what the results mean for the long-term prospects of certain party leaders, and where the election leaves us politically speaking.
So let’s relive some Election Night action on this week’s edition of the Guelph Politicast!
If you’re so willing, you can listen to all four hours of Election Night coverage in the CFRU archives. We will have election follow-up this week on the regular episode of Open Sources Guelph, Thursday at 5 pm on CFRU 93.3 fm or cfru.ca. And stay tuned to Guelph Politico, the Guelph Politicast, Open Sources Guelph and the Guelph Politico Tip Sheet newsletter for all the latest political developments where it’s local, provincial or federal.
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