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.
Episode 947: Let me respond to that
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, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
Episode 946: Participation ribbons
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 Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
Episode 945: Election Award Show Spectacular
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 of the night - Best Strategy? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
Episode 944: Eleven questions and no answers
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 "progressive"? And what's with Zain's awful press conference take? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
Episode 943: Short strokes
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 is Jagmeet Singh to get stuck in an elevator with Stephen Carter TWICE? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
Episode 942: You have five seconds
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter unpack the national leaders debates. Did the format work? Did O'Toole do what he needed to do to sell himself as a prime minister in waiting? And how much do you think Jagmeet Singh can bench? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
I tried everything. Noise-cancelling headphones, white noise, those apps with the ambient soundscapes—ocean waves, running water, birds, traffic, thunder storms, the beach. Then I discovered these guys.
I’m taking a point off until Carter gets a new alarm clock.
Okay. I’m restoring my five-star rating now that Carter’s back on the ball. Also, that Cory Hogan has some serious Mr. Rogers energy—he’s really crushing it!—though I sense something of the late great Charlie Watts in Zain (I wonder if he ever punched Carter for calling him his moderator?).
Corey and Zain give me hope
Corey Hogan and Zain Velji are always on point with sophisticated analysis with an inside perspective on political strategy. These 2 give me hope in the future.
The key to making following politics enjoyable
An unexpectedly very funny podcast, which also gives genuinely interesting insight into the sausage making of Canadian Politics. Has been instrumental in helping me realize that it’s not a dumpster fire, it’s just a circus.