With Michael and Elliott
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.Episode #84 - Three Elections... One Podcast
May 13, 2017 03:57 PM PDT
Michael and Elliott begin Episode #84 by discussing PM Trudeau's performance in Question Period and how it could be potentially used by his opponents to their advantage.
Later the results of the French Presidential election and Emmanuel Macron's victory. Did France dodge a bullet by rejecting Marine Le Pen? What can we expect in other European Elections?
Finally the results of BC Election 2017; Jordan returns to discuss the aftermath and how the political scene in the province could unfold in the following months.Episode #83 - Battleground BC: Part II with Jordan Dowler-Coltman
May 06, 2017 02:22 PM PDT
On Episode # 83 we discuss the upcoming election in British Columbia with special guest Jordan Dowler-Coltman, who joined us to discuss BC back on Episode # 16.
Listen for inside analysis on some of the key issues for voters, how the party leaders are presenting themselves, and some key ridings to watch for election night.
BC Election is May 9th.Episode #82 - Later O'Leary
May 01, 2017 01:31 PM PDT
Elliott begins Episode 82 by harshly criticizing MP Kerry Diotte for his comments on safe injection sites in Edmonton.
Later, the race to lead the federal Conservatives; Kevin O’Leary announces he’s no longer in the running, but what were his real motives, besides a lack of French competency? Can Maxime Bernier hold the lead and win leadership, and what kind of leader would he be and what kind of Conservative party would he lead?
On the “780”, Elliott’s run in with Mayor Don Iveson and Michael’s plea to respect the rules of grammar and pronunciation regarding foreign languages.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.
Michael Vecchio and Elliott Tanti debate topics from across Canada that relate to their hometown... Edmonton
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