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blue-sky (verb) : to offer ideas that are conceived by unrestrained imagination or optimism. Hosted by Erin O’Toole, President and Managing Director of ADIT North America. Erin is the former Member of Parliament for Durham and former leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. The Blue Skies political podcast explores issues facing Canada and the world in a format that brings together thought leaders for an informed and engaging conversation.
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This is a podcast about Canadians. Who are they? What kind of interesting things are they up to? What do they believe about their country and everything that it could be? I explore these questions by chatting with Canadians about interesting topics from different fields: (politics, academia, science, culture, sports and more).
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Maria Papaioannoy is a vaping champion who started her vaping advocacy in 2010 as an alternative to smoking. In 2013 she started one of Canada's first vape shops. She has led protests against the Federal and Provincial Governments to provide a voice for Vapers on policy matters. For over a decade she has leveraged her expertise to address legislati…
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Fergus Hodgson is a triple citizen based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Born in New Zealand to a Kiwi father and an Irish-Canadian mother, he speaks Spanish and has lived as an expat in seven countries. He holds an MBA in finance from Rice University, a BA in economics from Boston University, and a BA in political science from the University of Waikato…
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Eva Chipiuk is a Lawyer with Masters in Alternate Dispute Resolution. She questioned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the stand. She speaks english, French, Spanish and Polish. Eva joins me to discuss how Canadians can better engage with the democratic process in Canada. Eva is a founder and facilitator for Courses offered through Empowered Canadia…
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MP Alicia Kearns, the Chair of the United Kingdom's Foreign Affairs Select Committee, joins Blue Skies to discuss the AUKUS alliance, the war in Ukraine, the Balkans, China and the need for democracies to stand against foreign interference. The conversation with MP Kearns provides an interesting view on geopolitics and how one of Canada’s closest a…
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Jeff known by his persona, Unmitigated Ass on X joins me to talk about Canada, what he views as the philosophical underpinnings of what is going on and the corruption of our sense making apparatuses. Follow him on X @unmitigatedass Support the Show. Help keep my show ad free and support independent media. Consider subscribing for a low fee and get …
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I sit down with Jack to discuss some of the issues that are hot topics in Canada right now. We talk scandals, Gender and cost of living. Jack can be found on Twitter at @jackdan110 Support the Show. Help keep my show ad free and support independent media. Consider subscribing for a low fee and get access to by subscriber only content at my website…
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Erin is joined by Robert Baines, the President of the NATO Association of Canada to discuss the importance of the NATO alliance as it marks 75 years of providing peace and security for its members. They discuss the role of Canada in the alliance and how NATO helped usher in the post-WWII era of prosperity and opportunity. They also discuss risks fa…
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Erin is joined by long-serving Liberal MP John McKay to talk about his decades of work on international development and defence issues in the House of Commons. Ahead of the annual Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada conference in Toronto, they discuss the impact of Canada's new law to help prevent forced and child labour from being part …
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Blue Skies returns and continues its series on the important role of nuclear energy in our economic and environmental future. Dr. Chris Keefer, the President of Canadians for Nuclear Energy, joins Erin to discuss his own nuclear ‘conversion’ and how his advocacy is educating Canadians and changing the public policy debate. They discuss Canadian ind…
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Who am I? Why am I seeking the nomination for the Conservative Party of Canada in Vaughan-Woodbridge? Find out on this episode. Website: www.michael4vw.ca Occupation: Executive Vice President, Operations Education: Business Management: Diploma Political Science: B.A MBA: Currently finishing degree. Political Experience: Liberal Party of Canada: 201…
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Russell host of the Canadian Conservative Podcast joins me for an in depth discussion on legions, community service, volunteerism and pride in our country. How do you spark the movement of volunteerism to get people to get involved with their community? Can we resurrect the hub of some of these smaller communities, the Legion? Remember the lives lo…
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Today we’re joined by Brennain Lloyd from Northwatch to discuss the prospective construction of a nuclear waste repository near Ignace in northwestern Ontario. What are some of the risks of burying nuclear waste? How is Canada’s industrial sector presenting nuclear waste and nuclear waste management to the public and does this image hold? What is t…
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I recently travelled to Calgary for the weekend and decided to meet up with two gay Twitter Mutuals to do a Podcast Episode. We met in a local park and using my H4N I opened the conversation by asking, "When does Gender Ideology go too far?". Follow Jack on Twitter @jackdan110 Follow Jason on Twitter @abc123jjj Support the Show. Help keep my show a…
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Before finishing up as Durham MP, Erin interviewed two leaders to talk about the continued growth of nuclear for Canada’s lower emission future and the tremendous innovation and economic activity across Canada. He welcomed Bill Walker, President of the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries as well as Rory O'Sullivan, the President of Moltex w…
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Wyatt Claypool is the co-founder and operator of The National Telegraph, a publication focused on investigating political and bureaucratic corruption, and deep political analysis. Wyatt is finishing a Master's in Public Policy and has a personal focus on marketing socially conservative ideas to a broad audience. In this episode we discuss red toryi…
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Erin is joined by Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter to discuss the rising challenges facing cities in North America with addiction, mental health and homelessness levels peaking along with public frustration. Dan speaks about his own struggles with addiction and homelessness and how he tries to bring compassion alongside the leadership needed to make tough d…
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Historian Ted Barris sat down with Erin to talk about his new book covering the longest WWII battle - the Battle of the Atlantic - and Canada’s contributions to this critical battle that forged the foundation of the North Atlantic alliance we know today. Canadian heroism and perseverance as told in “Battle of the Atlantic: Gauntlet to Victory”.…
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I did a twitter poll asking if people would be interested in a volunteerism mini series and the overwhleming number of people voted yes. So I will be doing a small series on my experiences volunteering and hopefully you'll consider becoming a volunteer, continue volunteering or it may give you a better idea of how to best manage volunteers. Support…
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I was on Twitter a few days ago and someone made the claim that Gay People's basic Human Rights are under attack in Canada. I asked them to provide an example. When they could not I opened it to a greater Twitter audience. At that time, no one was able to provide to me a concrete example of gay rights being attacked in Canada. There were a lot of p…
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The Federal Government unveils new passport designs, the Tudor Crown is changed and this continues to fall in line with destroying cultural icons in Canada. Support the Show. Help keep my show ad free and support independent media. Consider subscribing for a low fee and get access to by subscriber only content at my website…
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George Alexopoulos and Matt Walsh clashed on Twitter over the Right Wing Media Culture. George asked Matt if they would have a discussion and when it appeared that they would not I asked George if he would like to come on to my show to discuss, to which he agreed. George is a award-winning cartoonist and author. His latest book is called Goofberry …
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After Journalist Andy Lee posted an excerpt and photo of an aggressive response from the China Consulate to Canada on Twitter, an account claiming to be a diplomat from China to Ottawa reposted some of the text with an emphasis that could be construed as a threat. Support the Show. Help keep my show ad free and support independent media. Consider s…
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Revelations as Member of Parliment Michael Chong's family may have been targeted by Chinese officials in an effort to influence politics and the Liberals may have known and chosen not to inform Chong. Support the Show. Help keep my show ad free and support independent media. Consider subscribing for a low fee and get access to by subscriber only co…
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Municipal Politicans in Norwich Ontario in a 3-2 vote banned non-government flags and won't declare any days, weeks or months anymore. This of course has upset all the right people. Support the Show. Help keep my show ad free and support independent media. Consider subscribing for a low fee and get access to by subscriber only content at my website…
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I came across some interesting Reddit Posts regarding the ongoing Labor Strike with PSAC that really highlights the struggles that the old classic Liberal is going to have to contend with the Post Modern Liberal. Support the Show. Help keep my show ad free and support independent media. Consider subscribing for a low fee and get access to by subscr…
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I sit down with Greg Zink from the Smoke Filled Rooms Podcast and we discuss crime in Canada, how we got here and some potential solutions. Greg has a Podcast that covers political crime. Greg can be found at: @gregzesq on Twitter and magentapills.substack.com Support the Show. Help keep my show ad free and support independent media. Consider subsc…
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Erin is joined by the Hon. Gary Mar, CEO of the Canada West Foundation to take economic priorities for western Canada. A former Alberta Minister, Diplomat, Business and Thought Leader, Gary shares his perspective on the role Canada can play in global energy and food security and how respect for western interests will help build a strong and prosper…
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Erin is joined by James Scongack, Executive Vice-President at Bruce Power. James shares his perspective as a corporate leader in this renewed interest and understanding about nuclear energy and its importance to our climate change goals. They also discuss the innovative private sector approach at Bruce Power and how the industry is regulated. They …
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The games are already starting in regards to the potential of Election Interference in Canada. The Liberals continue to filibuster and several Liberal MP's are already demanding an apology from Micheal Cooper for Micro Aggressions. Support the Show. Help keep my show ad free and support independent media. Consider subscribing for a low fee and get …
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Stuart Parker and I discuss the Canadian socialist think tank called Los Altos Institute and the possibility of finding common ground between Conservatives and Socialists through big-tent cross-partisan activities similar to ones done in the 90's. Stuart is a researcher, writer and broadcaster as well as a Assistant Professor of History at the Univ…
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Join us for a discussion with Philippe Blouin, compiler and editor of the recent book The Mohawk Warrior Society: A Handbook on Sovereignty and Survival. Our wide ranging discussion offers an overview of Haudenosaunee political thinking, Indigenous-settler alliance building and solidarity practices, and the intersections between contemporary Europe…
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Chris Elston, nicknamed “Billboard Chris” is known for his now iconic sandwich Billboard that he wears that has the saying, “ Children Cannot Consent to Puberty Blockers”. He describes himself as a dad with two daughters. He protests across North America against gender ideology and the sterilization of children by usage of chemicals that inhibit th…
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Erin welcomes Daniel Hannan, a member of the UK House of Lords and a well-known conservative commentator. They discuss the last few years of upheaval in the UK Tory party and the challenges of governing in a pandemic. They also touch on the Labour Party's lead in the polls and public views towards Brexit six years after the UK voted to leave the EU…
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I give some thoughts on poverty, addictions and Criminal Justice in Canada right now. I would recommend that people listening also read my article on Hostile Public Spaces. https://thecanadianconservative.substack.com/p/hostile-public-spaces Support the Show. Help keep my show ad free and support independent media. Consider subscribing for a low fe…
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With Dr. Peterson coming to Saskatoon in a few weeks I've been thinking more about his situation with the Ontario College of Psychologists and how Employer's & Licensing Boards are so risk adverse that they've taken to policing their staff's speech outside of the workplace and working hours. Support the Show. Help keep my show ad free and support i…
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Here's my final thoughts on Drag Queen Story Time Hour and unless there is a major turn in the conversation then I am done talking about it. Check out my Substack at Thecanadianconservative.substack.com and follow me @TheCanadianCon on Twitter for more content. Support the Show. Help keep my show ad free and support independent media. Consider subs…
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Erin welcomes back Canadian-Ukrainian military expert Ihor Kozak for an update on the war in Ukraine. Ihor discusses Ukraine's successes in taking back territory, and explains why supplying tanks and other equipment will be critical to withstanding Putin’s offensives this spring. They also tackle the issue of Russian trolls and the Kremlin’s disinf…
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Erin was a guest on Canadian Defence Review’s podcast for a wide-ranging discussion on the changing global security balance and the need for Canada to have a more strategic approach to defence and our role in the world. They discuss the war in Ukraine, cyber warfare, the Arctic and a range of challenges the Canadian Armed Forces will face in the fu…
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Erin welcomes well-known Conservative commentator Tasha Kheiriddin for a discussion on the impact of demographic change on Canadian politics and how Millennial and Gen Z voters are already starting to drive the policy agenda. On issues like housing, inclusion, climate change and many others, these voters have different views from the Baby Boomers a…
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Jon Uhler is a 25+ year Clinical Trauma Professional and Sex Offender Treatment professional. He is also certified in the Hare Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-R). He has worked with men in Prison. He founded SurvivorSupport.net & ChurchProtect.org. He has been very active on twitter with his views on grooming behavior, particularly regarding fetish beha…
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In this second of a two-part series on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) and mental health, Erin is joined by Mark Meincke, a Veteran and host of the Operation Tango Romeo podcast focused on trauma recovery. Meincke made national headlines this fall when he revealed that Veterans Affairs Canada had already suggested to several Veterans that they c…
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In the first of a two-part series on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) and mental health, Erin is joined by Dr. John Maher, a prominent psychiatrist and medical ethics expert. They discuss the risks and ethical issues related to expanding MAID to Canadians with mental injury or illness as the sole basis for the request for MAID and how this major …
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Erin is joined by Robert Zoellick, former President of the World Bank and United States Trade Representative, for a discussion on Russia, China and the need for a renewed North American relationship to rise to the challenges facing the democratic world. Like, subscribe, and share the Blue Skies political podcast to show you support serious and long…
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AND WE ARE BACK! Back with a new name and back with a new episode, back-to-back, and today’s all about settlers and Land Back. In this episode, Kiegan Irish and Alex Boos explore a variety of questions about the nature of settler subjectivity, its transformability, and ways to theorize settler solidarity politics with Indigenous Land Back struggles…
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General (Retired) Rick Hillier joins Erin for a Remembrance Week discussion. Hillier shares some memories of what inspired him to join the Canadian Armed Forces and reflections on his time as Chief of Defence Staff during the Afghanistan War. They discuss how Canada can continue to remember the fallen and honour the living, including the Veteran-le…
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