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Local Alberta Podcast about provincial and local politics and issues. Not journalists.

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Local Alberta Podcast about provincial and local politics and issues. Not journalists.

    "I'm Sorry Dave..."

    "I'm Sorry Dave..."

    What was the Alberta Party thinking? 
    That's the question that we kick off this episode with after they deployed a clunky AI Avatar in a new video this week. From there we move into the ongoing developments in Justice Minister Tyler Shandros hearing with the Law Society, skyrocketing insurance rates and why the UCP's measures won't make the impact people need, the ongoing health care crisis and Smith's bizarre pivot on Justin Trudeaus "Just Transition".
    As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our Patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab.
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    But The Emails!

    But The Emails!

    Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro finally has his hearing with the law society and for inexplicable reasons, his defense has spent a surprising amount of time debating whether or not Tyler actually cried on the day he showed up to confront a physician in their driveway.
    Plus!
    The privatization of Alberta Health care continues and we recap the ongoing scandal and new revelations from the last days about Danielle Smith and the premiers office allegedly trying to influence prosecutors, apparently in part on the advice of...
    Ezra Levant?
    And of course, strategist and politico Sarah Biggs joins us to try and make some sense of it all!
    As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our Patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab.
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Preston's Payday

    Preston's Payday

    Danielle Smith announced her new COVID Inquiry Chair, and it's a figure well known in Alberta Politics, Preston Manning! But there's some very important questions about Prestons payday and the kind of bias that he's potentially bringing to the inquiry.
    Also, on Thursday, yet another scandal broke in regards to the Smith government potentially trying to influence the independent Crown Prosecutors Office when CBC broke another story. This comes on the heels of Smith trying to walk back multiple comments where she has said that she herself had contacted the Crown Prosecutors office. And of course, strategist and politico Sarah Biggs joins us to try and make some sense of it all!
    As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our Patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab.
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    You Can Tell An Election Is Coming...

    You Can Tell An Election Is Coming...

    It's January 18th and we're back to talking about the "Just Transition" because that seems like it's all we talk about in Alberta these days...
    On Tuesday Danielle Smith falsely claimed that the "Just Transition" would eliminate up to 2.7 million jobs, and despite being corrected by, well, pretty much everyone, she has continued to double down on this ridiculous claim. Add to that the fact that Opposition leader Rachel Notley finally took the bait and also condemned the federal plan (that hasn't yet been detailed) to retrain workers laid off by automation and efficiency for jobs in green energy and it's been a wild, wild week.
    We also take a look at the partial privatization of EMS in Alberta, the recent win for Take Back Alberta in Jason Nixon's constituency and we count another few ways that Danielle Smith has played her base!
    And of course, strategist and politico Sarah Biggs joins us to try and make some sense of it all!
    As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our Patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab.
    If you’re listening to the audio version of our podcast, please consider leaving us a review and a rating, and don’t forget to like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Danielle Smiths Prosecution Complex...

    Danielle Smiths Prosecution Complex...

    On Thursday Danielle Smith flipped the world of Alberta Politics on its head (again) by stating at a press conference that she had been directing prosecutors to look at specific cases, which would be a huge violation of the independence of Crown Prosecutors. What followed was a dizzying few days where statements were issued, Smith offered multiple clarifications and ultimately it was said on her weekly radio show that there would not be any kind of an investigation.
    We walk through all of the events and we try and make sense of it all with the help of politico and strategist Sarah Biggs!
    As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our Patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab.
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Back To The Vax with Lydia Greene!

    Back To The Vax with Lydia Greene!

    We’re super excited to be able to share this episode! Lydia Greene is one of the founders of backtothevax.com, a grassroots organization working to dispel vaccine hesitancy and she comes to it from a place of very real personal experience! 
    Lydia spent years immersed in the extreme anti-vax/wellness culture but has since come out the other side and is now not only working to better inform people but also pursuing a career in healthcare/public health! 
    As always, if you appreciate the kind of content that we’re trying to produce here at The Breakdown, please consider signing up as a monthly supporter at our Patreon site at www.patreon.com/thebreakdownab.
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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

153980 ,

Witty, to the point sarcasm on real issues.

Love listening to this podcast, amazing guests, perspectives to ponder. Anybody who is interested in Alberta affairs and who like to branch outside their typical echo chambers should listen to this.

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Crap

Enjoy propaganda and disinformation

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Misleading

I had to stop listening to the latest podcast. While I’m no fan of Ms. Smith and the UCP this episode is full of misconceptions and speculation

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