In the lead up to Alberta’s April 16th election, Stephen Magusiak of pressprogress.ca and The Alberta Advantage podcast joins host Andre Goulet to explore (likely future Premier) Jason Kenney’s twisted past as a far-right campus activist in the United States.
Plus: cataloguing the extremist political views of many of Kenney’s United Conservative Party candidates and assessing the successes and failures of the last 4 years of Alberta NDP government under Premier Rachel Notley. This conversation was recorded on April 5th, 2019.
Alberta’s New Democrats have some legitimate victories: minimum wage increases, modernization of labour rights, and their protections of Gay-Straight Alliances are commendable. But fiscally they’ve accepted too many conservative frames, which left them without the capacity to pursue truly transformative policies like a green jobs guarantee or more aggressive decarbonization programs.
Is this new platform what will stem the tide of alt-right fascism and usher in the fair and equitable future we all yearn for? Join Team Advantage as they consider Notley’s 2019 platform and all of its thrills and delights.
Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party released a 114-page platform detailing how they would like to go to war with Albertans. “Job creation” programs that just hand giant tax breaks to corporations! “Cutting red tape” by rolling back labour regulations! Repealing overtime pay entirely! Suing higher orders of government for fun! Conspiracy theories about foreign interests land-locking our oil! Outing gay kids in schools to their parents!
Danielle Smith interviewed disgraced former UCP candidate Caylan Ford on March 29, 2019. Caylan Ford withdrew her candidacy on March 20, 2019 after messages she authored were released which revealed that Ford thought “white supremacist terrorists” are treated unfairly, and that she is “saddened by the demographic replacement of white peoples in their homelands” and “it’s clear that it will not be a peaceful transition.” The messages were authored two days after the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally.
Bashir Mohamed and Avnish Nanda join Team Advantage to discuss Danielle Smith’s interview and more generally the mainstreaming of white supremacist talking points in popular discourse.
Fun fact: Grant Notley, Rachel Notley’s father, led Alberta’s New Democrats from 1968 until 1984. Surely he was inspired by the radical politics of his time and serves as a useful contrast to today’s social democrats who claim that “Pharmacare doesn’t grow on trees… ?”
Team Advantage compares and contrasts the members of Alberta’s only social-democratic dynasty, and gives careful consideration to their theory of social and political change.