With Michael and Elliott
Episode #81 - Debating Dairy and European Elections
April 23, 2017 03:40 PM PDT
We begin by discussing the announcement by the AB NDP of funding an abortion pill; was the timing of their announcement good strategy or poor decision making?
Later, #TrumpWatch and the President's aim at Canada's dairy industry and NAFTA. Are relations that lactose intolerant? Why can't there seem to be an informed statement or plan coming from the Trump Administration?
Finally, European elections in France and the United Kingdom. Will the French embrace a far right candidate as their next president? In the UK, what are PM Theresa May's motives for calling a snap vote? How will the Scottish vote influence things?Episode #80 - Liberal and YEG Pipes
April 16, 2017 01:40 PM PDT
We begin our 80th episode by discussing the federal government’s proposed legislation to legalize marijuana. Is the July 2018 deadline reasonable? How can we expect the provinces to implement this law?
Later a split decision by Edmonton City Council to allow the EPCOR company to take over drainage assets; what are the concerns and can they be addressed properly?
Finally on #TrumpWatch: the President drops the “Mother of All Bombs” in a seemingly new shift in foreign policy. And White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer: his Holocaust gaffe and how the media reacted.Episode #79 - NDP's "Terrible Twos" and a "Bomb"astic President
April 08, 2017 09:18 PM PDT
We begin by discussing recent announcements from the Alberta NDP including affordable day care spaces and better nutrition programs; where is the government at as it approaches its two-year mark? Will the remainder of their mandate be as eventful as the first half? Have they gotten better at the political game since taking office?
Later #TrumpWatch: the latest chapter in the Syrian Civil War with the President’s decision to launch air strikes, and the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Courts. Michael openly questions Trump’s supposed emotional response to the atrocities in Syria and points out his hypocrisy.
On the “780” Elliott shares his experience taking part in a Round Dance and Michael commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.Episode #78 - What happened to Alberta centrism?
April 03, 2017 03:58 PM PDT
We begin by discussing events in Alberta: Jason Kenney’s comments regarding LGBT alliances in schools and Rachel Notley’s “rivalry” with Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall. Also a look at the Alberta Liberal Party; What has happened to this party and is there still room for centrism on the Alberta political spectrum? Where can progressives who have left the Conservatives go?
Later the Art Gallery of Alberta and its free admission to children and students; what must be done to encourage more attendance and what kinds of exhibits should be presented.
Finally #TrumpWatch: former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s search for immunity for potential evidence into ties with the Russians and Trump’s executive order targeting the Environmental Protection Agency, and to further erode a part of Obama’s legacy.Episode #77 - Trump's Troubles and a Boring Budget
March 25, 2017 03:55 PM PDT
Episode #77 begins with #TrumpWatch and the tumultuous week of the President. From the FBI's revelations to delays in approving his Supreme Court nominee to the defeat of the bill aimed at replacing Obamacare.
Later a look at Canada's federal budget; was it eventful and was it purposefully designed to not get much attention. Finally talking about Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and his government's latest budget. Why did Rachel Notley react to it?
On the "780" Elliott recommends the Edmonton restaurant ALTA, and Michael commemorates "The Godfather" on the 45th anniversary of its theatrical release.Episode #76 - A Notley Budget and Kenney Coronation
March 20, 2017 12:24 PM PDT
On Episode # 76 we look at the Alberta Budget 2017. Are the numbers justified? Is the NDP being overconfident when tabling budgets like this?
Later the Jason Kenney’s victory as the newly elected leader of the Alberta PC Party; what are the challenges ahead? Can we start to see some constructive dialogue begin to appear, and is this really the end of the PC party as we knew it?
Finally #TrumpWatch: the continuing allegations against the Obama administration about wiretapping and Trump’s difficulty in getting a health care bill.Episode #75 - Leading the PC’s and a Divisive Dutchman
March 14, 2017 08:13 PM PDT
We begin by discussing the City of Edmonton’s budget surplus and city council’s decision to reserve the money for a rainy day. Should the city be returning money to the taxpayers?
Later, the upcoming leadership race finale for Alberta PC’s on March 18. What happens after a probable win by Jason Kenney? Are plans to unite the right tenable before the 2019 provincial election? What would a unified conservative party look like?
Then a brief look at the Dutch election and the emergence of the alt right with candidate Geert Wilders; what does his rise say about the continuing anti-immigration/Islamophobia movement in Europe? And discussing Scotland’s desire to hold another independence referendum after Brexit.
And finally the returning Trump Watch: scrapping Obamacare without a real plan and Trump’s bid to buy influence with the Chinese.Episode #74 - O’Leary Runs and Sessions Lies
March 05, 2017 04:42 PM PST
On Episode #74 we begin by discussing the latest Speech from the Throne in Alberta. Is the NDP pushing the “reset button” with its coming agenda? What can we expect from the upcoming budget?
Later a discussion of the continuing race to lead the federal Conservatives; what are Kevin O’Leary’s motivations for being in the race, and how far will Kellie Leitch go in her mission to promote Canadian “values”?
Finally the returning Trump Watch: Attorney General Jeff Sessions caught in dialog with Russia and Trump’s recent accusations that the Obama administration was spying on him.Episode #73 - Safe Injection Sites in YEG and By-election Trickery
February 27, 2017 01:52 PM PST
On Episode # 73, we begin by discussing the City of Edmonton's decision to have safe injection sites. Are there economic benefits, and what can the city learn from places like Vancouver that have had the system in place already? Later 5 federal by-elections have been announced for April. For the first time, all outgoing MPs were very noteworthy, including Stephane Dion and Stephen Harper. What is the government's strategy in calling these elections now? Finally the returning Trump Watch; a reversal of policy on gendered washrooms and the ongoing battle against immigrants and illegal aliens.Episode #72 - Islamophobia and Rewriting History
February 18, 2017 05:34 PM PST
On Episode # 72, we begin by discussing Liberal MP Iqra Khalid’s Motion 103, calling for a condemnation of Islamophobia. Why are some Conservative opposition members against it? Is free speech really being infringed on?
Michael Vecchio and Elliott Tanti debate topics from across Canada that relate to their hometown... Edmonton
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