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Kathleen Petty sits down with politicians, pundits, and other thoughtful westerners for conversations about the priorities, preoccupations and politics of Albertans and others who are West of Centre.

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    • 4.3 • 237 Ratings

Kathleen Petty sits down with politicians, pundits, and other thoughtful westerners for conversations about the priorities, preoccupations and politics of Albertans and others who are West of Centre.

    The long and winding road to net zero

    The long and winding road to net zero

    The path to net zero by 2050 by the oilsands industry is being spearheaded by what’s known as the Pathways Alliance. West of Centre host Kathleen Petty is joined by Derek Evans, the newly appointed executive chair of Pathways and the former CEO of Meg Energy, to discuss the industry's long-awaited carbon capture and storage project, and what Evans wants to hear from Pierre Poilievre on carbon pricing. Then, Petty is joined by Emma Graney, who specializes in energy reporting for the Globe and Mail and Andrew Leach, an energy and environmental economist at the University of Alberta.

    • 52 min
    Chaos theory

    Chaos theory

    The UCP government has introduced bill after bill giving it more control over Alberta’s municipalities. Is this flurry of activity a strategy to create chaos by flooding the public with too much, too fast? West of Centre host Kathleen Petty is joined by Jeromy Farkas, former Calgary city councillor, pollster Janet Brown and veteran columnist Graham Thomson.

    • 48 min
    I'm from Ottawa and I'm here to help

    I'm from Ottawa and I'm here to help

    It’s part of our identity here in Alberta to bicker with whomever is in the Prime Minister’s office, especially if their last name is Trudeau. Stealing a sentiment from Ronald Reagan, the province’s often fear the words; I’m from Ottawa and I’m here to help. But does Alberta’s contentious relationship with Ottawa help or hurt us? West of Centre host Kathleen Petty is joined by Ian Brodie from the University of Calgary, David Coletto of Abacus Data and Kelly Cryderman of the Globe and Mail. 

    • 53 min
    Who's the boss?

    Who's the boss?

    The UCP government’s Bill 20 could give the province the power to repeal bylaws and remove city councillors from office. On West of Centre with Kathleen Petty, we explore the question of who’s the boss when it comes to how our cities are run? Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter join us from The Strategists podcast. And Emma Graney from the Globe and Mail holds her own.

    • 51 min
    Beyond NDP bake sales

    Beyond NDP bake sales

    A big spike in membership sales, the leadership debates ahead, and ,for some, a new era for the NDP. This week’s panel believes the party is no longer competing with local bake sales! West of Centre host Kathleen Petty is joined by political strategists Cheryl Oates and Keith Mclaughlin and the Toronto Star’s Alex Boyd.

    • 48 min
    Alberta's "stay-out-of-my-backyard bill "

    Alberta's "stay-out-of-my-backyard bill "

    Danielle Smith introduced what she calls the "stay-out-of- my-backyard bill " this week. If passed, it will allow the UCP government to kill federal deals not approved by the province. It’s the latest of many federal-provincial battles. West of Centre host Kathleen Petty is back! Joining her is Kelly Cryderman from the Globe and Mail, pollster Janet Brown, and CBC Calgary's Jason Markusoff.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
237 Ratings

237 Ratings

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APP adventures in misinformation.

An interesting albeit infuriating discussion about the APP. Where to start. Perhaps with Jim Dinning claiming that the telephone town halls is “listening” to people. 14,000 people on a phone call with curated questions and comments is not listening, it’s preaching. It’s a sales pitch with what can charitably be described as false product claims. Second, he spoke glowingly about the “actuarial scientists” who did the Lifeworks report (which he miscalled Morneau Shepell many times for a reason). However it’s interesting to note those same scientists have had their names redacted on the report, which is a very odd practice for a quasi academic paper that has so much at stake. Bottom line is as much as Dinning is trying to take the high road he is about to immolate his reputation on a partisan political exercise that is doomed to fail.

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Progressive propaganda

This pod is not objective news or opinion panels. It is heavily progressive/leftist biased in its coverage of current events. It is clear that they are towing their party's line and throwing shade at anything conservative.

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