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The Strategists

Stephen Carter, Corey Hogan, Zain Velji

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Stephen Carter does campaign strategy. Corey Hogan does communications strategy. Zain Velji sometimes remembers how to buckle his pants. Described as "sports talk radio for politics" by Facebook's recommendation algorithm, the three hosts dissect the news of the day, pass judgment and lift back the curtain on how decisions are made.
 
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Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about Jason Kenney's (seemingly and relatively) successful AGM and Erin O'Toole's (seemingly and relatively) successful quelling of caucus rebellion. Has Jason Kenney charted himself a course through surviving his leadership review? Should Erin O'Toole "call the question"? And can we never talk about Pierre Poili…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about Erin O'Toole going on the coalition offensive before diving into the UCP annual general meeting. What purpose does a political convention serve? Should Kenney opponents go on the offensive? And what's the difference between underrated and overrated, anyhow? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and kee…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk the resignation of Devin Dreeshen and O'Toole's caucus problems. Why do we hear so many stories about drinking in politics? Is Erin O'Toole's "discretion is the better part of valour" strategy wise? And can we hear more about Corey's real estate decisions? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps ever…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the strategic considerations of Brian Jean announcing a hostile nomination bid in the Fort McMurray By-election and the drama around the "Civil Liberties Caucus". Should Jason Kenney sign Jean's nomination papers? How might Kenney use Jean's gambit to his advantage in the leadership review? And what did Zai…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the new federal cabinet and what it means for Trudeau, Canada and those left behind. Should the prairie provinces feel slighted? How do you get into cabinet once you've been passed over? And is CBC Gem really a good fit? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line. But first, the …
 
Stephen Carter, campaign manager and incoming chief of staff to mayor-elect Jyoti Gondek of Calgary, talks about the strategy, the inflection points and the story that propelled his candidate to victory. How did they move from 2% to 45% in the polls? When were the moments where it all seemed in doubt? And how long until Stephen asks Corey to take t…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter return after a three-week hiatus to give their "best takes" on matters like the PM in Tofino, O'Toole and Kenney's grips on leadership. What considerations will go into building the Liberal cabinet? Can Jason Kenney survive to (and through) a spring leadership vote? And why aren't there more Nobel prizes? Zain Velji, …
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter unpack the results from Election 2021 before turning attention to a week of high drama in Alberta politics. What do election results mean for the Liberals, Conservatives and NDP? Did Jason Kenney successfully thread the needle and live to fight another day? And why didn't Zain have a lighting round this episode? Zain …
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter reflect on Election 2021 in the 22nd Annual Election Award Show Spectacular. Who will take home the coveted "Best Slogan"? Will perennial "Best Thirst Trap" favourite Justin Trudeau go down to newcomer Erin O'Toole's forearms? What were the biggest moments? The worst moments? And who will take home the biggest award o…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about how we ended up at the impending collapse of Alberta's health care system, Premier Jason Kenney's bringing in a not-a-vaccine-passport vaccine passport and the effect of this drama on the federal campaign. Will Kenney's actions sink the O'Toole campaign? Does a bad Mulroney speech mark the Conservatives as …
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter debate theories for Justin Trudeau's apparent rise in the polls, discuss campaign moments and whether candidates should have played it safer or riskier. Could a bad debate performance have, paradoxically, helped Trudeau? Why did all the federal leaders jump to the support of Quebec Bill 21 so quickly? And how unlucky …
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk strategies of the week (O'Toole on guns, Trudeau on anti-vaxxers, Singh letter), come back home to Alberta to discuss new vaccine incentives and measures and then provide debate advice to the federal leaders. How does Singh have a "breakout moment"? Is the PPC momentum real? And is Stephen a default character on …
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk TVA debate, Liberal platform launch and a messy week in the 2021 federal election. Can the Liberals tie the Conservatives to anti-vax protests? Should the NDP have seen the Liberal endorsement ambush coming? And how many minutes does a Peanut Buster Parfait take off your life? Zain Velji, as always, picks the que…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about political horserace polls, protests at Trudeau events and - through the lense of a game of "Yes, and..." the NDP counterstrategy to Liberal attempts to consolidate anti-Conservative vote. What do the polls say about momentum in this campaign? How does Erin O'Toole keep from being tied to anti-vaccine protes…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the unique strategic considerations in Election 2021, Liberal attempts to wrong-foot the Conservative party and their week-one opinions of how the race is going through a round of "Fine, Fabulous or F--ked". Is accusing O'Toole of wanting private health care a good attack? Is the NDP affordable housing plan…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the launch of the Conservative party platform, Justin Trudeau's dismissal of monetary policy and spend some time in the elevator with Jagmeet Singh. Was there method to the CPC platform's front cover madness? Should the Nova Scotia election results keep the Liberals up at night? And why, God, did anybody le…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the launch of Election 2021. How good (or bad) were the campaign launches? Based on Day One, what kind of problems and opportunities might the parties face? And is Corey the only one worried about Justin Trudeau's hair? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about campaigns - specifically, what they imagine federal campaigns are doing in anticipation of a Sunday writ drop. What nuts and bolts need to be tightened before the planes take off? How tightly scripted are the campaign strategies? How calm, exactly, is the calm before the storm? Buckle in, Canada: Election 2…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about an impending federal election and continued fallout from Alberta's decision to end Covid-19 testing and quarantine requirements. What would a Conservative campaign be about? Are the Liberals trying to tie Erin O'Toole to Jason Kenney? And what, exactly, does Stephen have against field hockey? Zain Velji, as…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about Alberta declaring an end to testing and isolation, "peace with honour" with Covid-19. What is the Alberta government's strategy? How should the opposition respond? And hey, I think I hear your phone ringing. Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line. But first, the headlines...…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the Tokyo Olympics, the Governor General's language limitations, Dartmouth South drama in the Nova Scotia election and much more. Are the Olympics destined to be a failure? How do candidate nominations get approved in the first place? And how off the rails does a segment need to go to be pulled from The Str…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk Trudeau's childcare plan, bad press for the O'Toole Conservatives and the Green Party's ongoing implosion. Will the conservatives premiers stonewall negotiations for universal childcare? Are the O'Toole Conservatives doomed by a low accessible voter universe? And what does Chatelaine know about bread anyways? Zai…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk Alberta's cabinet shuffle, the Green Party, the Green Line in Calgary and much, much more. What was Jason Kenney's objective with his cabinet shuffle? Why would an executive director ever think it's appropriate to mute a party leader? And why does Zain refrigerate his bread? Zain Velji, as always, picks the quest…
 
On this July 4, Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter check in on our southern neighbours, "them the people", before diving into federal election speculation. Which parties are well positioned for a summer election and which would be in trouble? Why are Californians so recall happy? And do Stephen and Corey even listen to the question? Zain Velji, as alwa…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about 751 unmarked graves at Marieval Indian Residential School, the appropriateness (or not) of Canada Day celebrations and Carolyn Bennett texting Jody Wilson-Raybould and much more. How do we sustain a national conversation on reconciliation? How - and why - do independent MPs get re-elected? And what is the p…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about Annamie Paul going on the offensive, Canada's Covid-19 reopening(s), a punch-drunk House of Commons. Has Annamie Paul found an issue the Greens can "win" on? Is it time for everybody in Ottawa to go home? And why is Corey always in such a rush? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody …
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the Alberta government introducing $3 million of cash incentives for vaccination plus Justin Trudeau trying real hard to make being the dean of the G7 a thing. Is paying people to get vaccinated a good idea? Why would Trudeau want to be a leader of the G7 anyhow? And was the lightning round the longest segm…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about Doug Ford's threatened use of the notwithstanding clause, Green MP Jenica Atwin crossing to the Liberals and Alberta Legislature rumourmongering. Is Ontario overriding the courts a big deal? How do the Liberals turn a one-day win into something bigger? And how long until Stephen signs a record deal and leav…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the strategy of John A Macdonald, the Catholic Church, the Olympics, cabinet ministers speaking out against their premiers and much, much more in this jumbo-sized episode. How big of a deal is it that Rachel Notley got 98.2% on her leadership review? Is giving NHL teams a Covid-19 travel exemption good poli…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about Alberta's government yet again violating their own Covid-19 restrictions, plus the Air Canada's executive compensation fracas. What is the political price to be paid for whiskey at the "Sky Palace"? How should the Trudeau Liberals deal with Air Canada's leadership giving themselves generous bonuses at the s…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about Alberta's light-speed reopening, the politic risks and the political opportunities. Does this give Jason Kenney a chance to "win" Covid-19? How should the opposition NDP respond? And why did we save all the Amos stuff for after the credits? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in l…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter are subjected to a conversation on Trudeau's Governor General pick before turning to the 99% non-confidence vote teachers gave in Alberta's Minister of Education and getting into a fiery debate on the use of international consultants. Is there something wrong with hiring outside political talent? How can teachers buil…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about Avi Lewis, Ontario's reopening and Quebec's unilateral constitutional gambit. What will it mean to federal politics if Quebec just declares itself a nation, constitutionally? Is tying Covid reopening to vaccines a good idea? And when's the last time you saw a "Honk if you're horny" bumper sticker? Zain Velj…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter are subjected to the return of grab-bag favourite "Fine, Fabulous or F**ked" before some serious talk about the domestic political ramifications of the situation in Gaza. Are Canadian attitudes towards Israel and Palestine shifting? Was "One Dose Summer" a communications self-own? And how foolish was it for Zain to ch…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about a wild 24 hours in Alberta politics that included midnight calls for the Premier's resignation, a leaky caucus meeting and - ultimately - the expulsion of two UCP members. What is Drew Barnes' ultimate objective? Can Jason Kenney survive this moment? And are we really doing the headlines too? Zain Velji, as…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about Katie Telford's upcoming trip to Committee, how Jason Kenney got his groove back and NACI communications challenges. Did Kenney effectively change the channel on Covid-19? Do communications people make better spokespeople than doctors? And what did the Prime Minister know and when did he know it? Zain Velji…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about Alberta's nation-leading Covid numbers and the recent federal fundraising reporting. Will suspending the sitting of the Alberta legislature take heat off Jason Kenney? How should the NDP respond? And what did Stephen do on social media this time? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybod…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about Bill C-10, the trials of Alberta's premier, Biden's first 100 days. Will the regulating of social media backfire? How does Jason Kenney thread the needle on Covid-19? And how many f**ks does Joe Biden have to give? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line. But first, the headli…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about Doug Ford's Friday tough-guy act, Saturday reversal, Sunday scramble - before turning to the imminent federal budget. How much damage has Ford's reversal caused him and his government? Is now the time for a cabinet shuffle? And is this federal budget the most important day in years, decades or centuries? Za…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the politics of people being choosy about vaccine brands (19:57) and the launch of Erin O'Toole's long-awaited climate policy (36:35). What should governments do about people having vaccine preferences? Does the new Conservative climate plan defend the party against charges of climate denial? And how many d…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the UCP caucus revolt on new Covid restrictions. What are the rebel MLAs attempting to accomplish? How should Kenney respond? And are you hearing the rumours about Mark Carney running in Edmonton-Centre next election? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line. But first, the hea…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the the variant-driven third wave of Covid-19, the politics of the Alberta curriculum review and the failure of the vote on the deal with doctors. Supreme Court of Canada and the Stephen Carter Clause. Did Doug Ford play the latest lockdown properly? Did Jason Kenney walk into an unwindable fight on curricu…
 
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