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.
Jason Kenney’s star UCP candidate, Caylan Ford, recently resigned over white supremacist comments. But did you know that the Calgary Herald’s star columnist, Licia Corbella, wrote a glowing puff piece on Caylan Ford? Join Team Advantage as they read through Corbella’s insightful profile. For legal reasons, please consider this entire episode parody.
Corbella: From human rights, to film, to politics, Caylan Ford is a force of nature
Did you know that the post-war CCF once wrote admiringly about the Red Army? That it saw Canada’s wartime economic planning as a great argument for the superiority of central planning and public investment? That they authored pieces like “Political Action for the 99%” in 1943? Or that NDP leader David Lewis used to publicly name-and-shame Canadian corporations that avoided taxes while soaking up publicly-funded subsidies?
Dr. Roberta Lexier from Mount Royal University joins Team Advantage to discuss David Lewis and the CCF-NDP’s policies in the post-war period, and helps us think through how these ideas might be relevant today. Follow Roberta at @rlexier!
Renowned earth scientist David Hughes joins Team Advantage to discuss Canada’s energy mix, Alberta’s oilsands, the realities of a carbon-constrained future, orphaned wells in Western Canada, oil curtailment and oil-by-rail, as well as David’s most recent study, Canada’s Energy Outlook.
David Hughes will be speaking in Calgary on Monday, March 4th, 2019 at 7pm at MacEwan Hall. Follow this link for details.
David Hughes will also be presenting in Edmonton on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at 7pm at the TELUS International Centre at the UofA. Follow this link for details.
Populism! It frightens liberal technocrats everywhere! What could be worse than teeming masses of people making political demands? Team Advantage takes a look at some of populism’s historical roots, and examines that classic populist formulation: the [ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE] vs [THE PEOPLE]. While everyone is concerned about right-wing populism, is a left-wing populism possible? What would it look like?