With Michael and Elliott
Episode #94 - Tories Together and Tracking Trump
July 24, 2017 09:06 PM PDT
On Episode #94 we discuss the vote held to unite Conservative parties in Alberta. What will this ensuing leadership race look like and what is some of the history of the now former PC and Wildrose Parties?
Later a recap of six months of #TrumpWatch: has Trump been "succesful" and why Congress has been so 'voiceless'.
On the "780" Michael's recommendation for the Edmonton Fringe Festival, and Elliott's shout out to the Modern Manhood podcast.
We will return in the fall! Have a good rest of summer!Episode #93-Uniting Conservatives and Venezuelan Woes
July 17, 2017 09:28 PM PDT
On Episode #93 we begin with a discussion of the July 22 vote to unite Conservative parties in Alberta. Will the merger actually take place and what happens in the ensuing leadership race?
Later a look at the ongoing political turmoil in Venezuela; why has President Nicolas Maduro failed where his predecessor seemingly succeeded and what hopes can the Venezuelan people/opposition have?
Finally on #TrumpWatch: renegotiating NAFTA. How will Canada react to potential changes and would it defend Mexico?Episode #92 - Omar Khadr Primer and #TrumpWatch
July 10, 2017 11:34 PM PDT
On Episode #92, we discuss the case of Omar Khadr, and the federal government's recent apology and financial settlement with him. What are the facts, and how is this being politicized? Can Khadr ever move on and what role does the Charter of Rights and Freedoms play?
Later the leadership race for the federal NDP: who are the candidates and what direction will they want to lead the party as the 2019 election approaches?
Finally on #TrumpWatch: more discussion about apparent collusion between the Trump team and the Russian government. Is there a smoking gun that can emerge from all of this?Carding & Voter Suppression
July 03, 2017 09:58 PM PDTEpisode #90 - Constitutional Crises
June 26, 2017 08:37 PM PDT
It's Episode #90! We begin by discussing the Canadian Senate in response to its latest round of debate with the House of Commons. What were the initial reasons for the Senate's creation, and what kind of reasonable reform should we expect from the Upper Chamber?
Later the ongoing situation in BC and the looming fall of Premier Christy Clark's government. Will the election of a Speaker derail the NDP/Green plans to form
Finally on #TrumpWatch: is Trump learning how to better use Twitter, and the decision by the SCOTUS to temporarily uphold the travel ban.
On the 780, the greatness of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and National Geographic Channel's "Genius".Episode #89 - Donald's Damage
June 19, 2017 08:18 PM PDT
We begin by discussing the Alberta government's policy of more services for Francophone Albertans, and the continuing saga of the unification of Conservative parties in the province. Can internal struggles derail the whole process?
Later, the federal Liberals announcement of reducing times inmates spend in solitary confinement. Are the changes sweeping enough, and what else can be done in criminal justice reform?
Then #TrumpWatch: reverting to old policies on Cuba, Jeff Sessions and injustices towards racial minorities, and the Senate's moves into creating a replacement for Obamacare.Episode #88- "Pride" and Prejudice
June 12, 2017 07:37 PM PDT
We begin with a discussion of LGBT Pride and the stances and actions of the PC and Wildrose Parties of Alberta. Is there a stubborn resistance to accepting gay rights, and how will this issue be addressed in the potential United Conservative Party?
Later the retiring of Canadian Chief Justice Beverly McLaughlin and #TrumpWatch.....
Testimony by Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding the ongoing investigation into Russian interference.
Finally a look at the results of the UK Election. Can Theresa May's "coalition" survive, and what do the results say about how Britons want to proceed with Brexit?Episode #87 - Trump vs. the World
June 08, 2017 06:57 PM PDT
We welcome Sharon Mvundura on Episode #87, who will be joining us as a guest host in other future episodes.
On this jam-packed discussion, we look at Canada's foreign policy and a "new direction" announced by the Liberal government.
Later on #TrumpWatch: the decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement, the ongoing investigation into ties with Russia as well as James Comey's testimony, and Trump's comments towards the mayor of London.
Finally the UK election in the wake of Brexit and two terrorist attacks; can Theresa May's government survive?Episode # 86-Scheer Surprise
May 29, 2017 08:06 PM PDT
We begin by recapping the Leadership vote for the Federal Conservatives. How did Andrew Scheer pull off the victory, and what kind of leader will he be? Is he really just Stephen Harper "with a smile"?
Later the Alberta NDP and troubles in handling the interpretation of certain laws: the newest Labour Law as an example of having the narrative taken out of context and used by the Opposition for the attack.
Finally a look at the ongoing situation at the BC Legislature and the possibility of an NDP/Green 'coalition', and #TrumpWatch.....is the administration starting to understand how to operate and continuing questions about ties to the Kremlin.Episode #85 - A Conservative Edition
May 23, 2017 09:10 PM PDT
Our 85th episode features a discussion on Conservatives at the different political levels.
Provincially: the quest to unite Alberta Conservatives for the 2019 election. What hurdles still need to be cleared and can they be? Who will lead the party?
Federally: Leadership convention for the Conservative Party of Canada on May 27. Who are the candidates to watch, and how do Conservative delegates elect a leader?
Later on #TrumpWatch: the continuing firestorm over links to Russia, the firing of James Comey and the Republicans unwillingness to confront the President.
Michael Vecchio and Elliott Tanti debate topics from across Canada that relate to their hometown... Edmonton
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