In the summer of 2015, the Off Script team began interviewing former Nova Scotia MLAs. We chose to interview former MLAs - most of whom had no intentions to seek re-election - since they had fewer reasons to filter out or sugar coat what they might tell us about the realities of everyday politics.
Inspired by the work of Samara, a national organization that conducted exit interviews with former Members of Parliament, the Off Script project began with the intention to conduct similar research in Nova Scotia. Samara had written reports, and eventually published their research in a book called Tragedy in the Commons: Former members of parliament speak out about Canada's failing democracy.
Most of the interviews were candid. As engaged citizens go, we felt pretty informed and in-the-know about what was happening in politics in our province. As we engaged in the process, we gained a much fuller understanding of the Nova Scotia legislature and the realities of being an MLA. And now we'd like to share what we've learned, with you.
We've collected over 75 hours of recorded content from the interviews. This fall, we'll begin releasing a weekly audio-documentary podcast. Each week we'll unpack one small piece of politics in Nova Scotia.