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The Strategists

Stephen Carter, Corey Hogan, Zain Velji

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Professional unprofessional strategists Stephen Carter, Corey Hogan and Zain Velji dissect the news of the day, pass judgment on strategy choices and lift back the curtain on how decisions are made. Described as "the least deliberate podcast of all time", "shockingly insightful" and "sports talk radio for politics". Not sponsored by Flair Airlines. Get Thursday episodes and bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about next steps for the UCP - the party, the contenders, the cabinet members, the soon-to-be-former leader. Plus, the gang checks in on the Ontario election. What the hell happened (in Alberta, not Ontario)? How successfully is Jason Kenney "writing his own obituary" (in Alberta, not Ontario)? And is Stephen Car…
 
Corey Hogan and Eric Grenier give instant reaction to fresh UCP leadership results that saw Jason Kenney narrowly survive - only to resign his leadership. What comes next for the Alberta UCP? Should Jason Kenney stick around until his replacement is chosen? And why is a normal day in Alberta politics so much more interesting than an interesting day…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter watch the TVO Ontario leader's debate so you don't have to. What's our take on the state of the Ontario provincial election? Are the Liberals and NDP strategically misfiring? And what does it reveal about Stephen that he was so quick to assume David Herle was talking about him? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questio…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter are subjected to Zain's "strategy scale" - grading an Ontario PC ad, Jason Kenney's punditry on the Conservative leadership race, bulk membership purchase accusations, Trudeau in Ukraine and more. Was Trudeau's visit to Ukraine a political win? Will accusations of bulk membership purchases change the UCP leadership re…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter take on a grab-bag of political issues in Alberta that illustrate points around cabinet confidentiality, governments fighting "multi-front wars" and the dying days of mail-in ballot races. Should the public know what an official's advice to cabinet is? Will a big speech in the dying days of a mail-in ballot help you o…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter are asked to walk through how they would overhaul the public-facing parts of Jean Charest's leadership campaign before the gang turns their attention to increasing temperatures in the UCP leadership review. How should Charest overhaul his approach to events, media and message? Is there anything normal about political …
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter use the Patrick Brown campaign as a launching off point to talk about political process stories, as well as revisit their "political rules for Covid-19" in the light of the sixth wave. Do process stories add from campaigns or detract from them? Is "don't turn off your brain" still good Covid-19 management advice? And …
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the Alberta UCP's leadership review (and more) in this live show recorded in Calgary, Alberta. Will Jason Kenney's "unity vs division" ballot question work? How should progressives react to increased polarization in Alberta, Canada and beyond? And did Carter really open with an STD joke? Zain Velji, as alwa…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the federal budget. But not here - because Thursday episodes of The Strategists are now Patreon exclusive. Will you go to TheStrategistsPatreon.com to sign up for the $6 level and continue to get Thursday shows? Is the value at the $10 or $20 level just too much to pass up? And how many folk do you need unt…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about managing photo ops and gaffes, using Premier Jason Kenney's recent trip to the gas pumps as a launching off point. Do photo ops still matter? What's best practice for managing a photo op gone wrong? And has anybody checked to see if TheStrategistsPatreon.com works? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the Liberal climate plan and the upcoming federal budget. Does the plan go too far or not far enough? How dramatic will the budget be? And does anybody know where to buy a mattress online? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line. But first, the headlines... Get Thursday episod…
 
Grab a mop and a bucket - it's spring cleaning time. Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter run through a grab-bag of political issues - offering whether no cleaning needs to be done, a dusting is required, it's time to break out the damp cloth or it's time for a deep clean. Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line. Get Thursd…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter unpack the changes to the UCP leadership review and the subsequent fallout (0:05:50) before turning their attention to the Liberal-NDP confidence deal (1:03:48). Has Jason Kenney changed the odds? Will the UCP hold together? And is Tommy Douglas a poor man's Jagmeet Singh? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions an…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the rumours of a Liberal/NDP deal to maintain the current parliament through 2025 - plus an update on the ever-growing UCP leadership review. Who wins in the reported deal? Should blue Liberals be nervous? And did everybody purchase tickets to the live show on April 10 yet? Zain Velji, as always, picks the …
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter use The Strategists' upcoming live show in Calgary on April 10th as a launching off point to talk about events. How do you decide what to charge? What do you do when all of a sudden you have a venue, but the reason for the event has disappeared? And is a "host bar" really necessary? Zain Velji, as always, picks the qu…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk Brian Jean's by-election win, the effect on Jason Kenney's leadership review and police oversight before turning to the federla Conservative Party candidate's launch websites and what they tell us about brand, tactics and more. Can we expect logistical chaos in Red Deer on April 9? Does Canada have a policing pro…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk Jason Kenney's upcoming leadership review. Has a balanced budget and high price of oil helped Kenney? Is 2900 registrants (and counting) for the vote a worrying sign? And has there ever been a segment more likely to get Stephen Carter cancelled than "Sweet Nothings"? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and…
 
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