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Who is Sam Oosterhoff?

Last Updated May 17, 2019 at 9:12 am EDT

Progressive Conservative MPP for Niagara West-Glanbrook, 19-year-old Sam Oosterhoff during question period at Queen's Park, February 21, 2017. GETTY IMAGES/TORONTOS STAR/Andrew Francis

In today’s Big Story podcast, we meet the youngest MPP in Ontario history. He hates abortion and liberal sex-ed curriculums. He loves Dr. Suess. He parodies the Monster Mash (“We stopped the caaaaarbon tax!”) in the legislature. His office calls the cops on seniors holding a “read-in” to protest library cuts. He was quiet as a 19-year-old backbencher in the opposition, but he’s speaking his mind these days.

So: Who is Sam Oosterhoff? What’s he doing to Ontario’s conservative party? Where did his fundamentalist outlook come from? How did he get elected as a freshman? And what, exactly, is his plan? We asked the man who’s been covering him since before anyone outside the Niagara region knew his name.

GUEST: Grant LaFleche, investigative reporter, St. Catharine’s Standard

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