There were a few programs in 2012 related to the goings-on at the Ontario Legislature that I found particularly enjoyable. Premier Dalton McGuinty did his first post-resignation interview on The Agenda, about a week after he surprised everyone with his decision to step down as Ontario’s 24th premier. Doing those interviews reminds me of why I enjoy this job so much. Having half an hour, with no commercial interruptions, to have a civilized conversation with someone is an increasingly rare event on television, it seems.
Former Finance Minister Greg Sorbara’s feature interview on the occasion of his resignation from the Legislature was also memorable for me, given that I’ve known him since he was first elected in 1985. His career has featured tremendous highs and lows, always a pre-requisite for a good interview. His tentacles reach throughout the Ontario Liberal Party and government.
Having the seven Liberal leadership contenders into the studio was enjoyable, as I watched the dynamic of six of the candidates take on Sandra Pupatello’s claim that the Liberals haven’t done enough on job creation.
And I enjoyed talking to three ex-cabinet ministers (John Wilkinson, John Snobelen, Elmer Buchanan) who’ve been tasked with finding a solution to the horse racing conundrum in Ontario. One can only hope that their non-partisan approach to problem solving might catch on.
Steve's top picks of 2012 are some of the interviews and debates selected by him and The Agenda's producers as our best of the past year. Check out the full list.