Parsing Politics with the Paikinator

This past Wednesday the OLIP interns had a very special meeting: the one, the only, Steve Paikin of TVO’s The Agenda! For a group of Ontario politics nerds such as we are, this meeting was long-anticipated, to say the least. After making the trek up to TVO’s studio at Yonge and Eglinton in the blustery, blistering cold, we were warmly greeted by Mr. Paikin’s staff and assistants. Before we knew it, we were being sheparded into the studio itself where (to our delight and surprise) the meeting was to take place!

Taking our seats in spaces that had been occupied by premiers and ministers, we let Steve do what he does best: initiate and conduct high-level political discussion. Before we knew it we were off and running on everything from election predictions and leadership races to proportional voting and energy prices. However, it must have felt a bit odd for him to be the interviewee more than the interviewer. We certainly asked him the lion’s share of the questions, eager to gain from his decades of experience covering the Ontario political scene.

Not to give the wrong impression; we came down from the peaks of high seriousness to share more than a few laughs. Mr. Paikin is indeed even more charming off camera, if it can be believed. We certainly relished in the opportunity to talk to him in camera, Chatham House Rules, and to share unguarded opinions. Though journalists might not agree, sometimes a conversation, particularly a political one, can be more fun off the record than on!

Our meeting with Steve Paikin was lively, insightful, and all-in-all a great experience. We would like to thank him for inviting us into the hallowed grounds of the TVO Agenda studio, and taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk to us. Can’t wait for the next episode Steve!


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