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.
Alberta and the road ahead
West of Centre is live on location at the Alberta Relaunch conference hosting a panel discussing the future of Alberta, its politics and energy policy. Kathleen Petty is joined for this season finale by Vassy Kapelos, host of Power & Politics, Zain Velji from Northweather, Kelly Cryderman of the Globe and Mail, and Matt Solberg from New West Public Affairs.
The glass cliff
You’ve heard of the glass ceiling, but what about a glass cliff? This week, we’re talking about the UCP leadership race, the field of female candidates, and the factors they may have to confront. Host Kathleen Petty is joined by Lisa Young, a political scientist from the University of Calgary, Rishi Nagar, the news director at RED FM and Taleesha Thorogood from Crestview Strategy.
Not pissing it all away this time
Alberta could find itself with a massive surplus this year, well into the multi-billions. That would crush previous records and lead to some big decisions for Alberta’s next premier. On this week’s episode of West of Centre, host Kathleen Petty unpacks that with University of Calgary economist Trevor Tombe, Globe and Mail energy reporter Emma Graney and Mount Royal University political scientist Duane Bratt.
It's anybody's game
The field of candidates seeking to lead the United Conservative Party is quickly expanding — Minister of Transportation Rajan Sawhney is said to be in and rumours swirl around Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner jumping in, too. Host Kathleen Petty digs into what comes next along with Calgary Sun columnist Rick Bell, Erika Barootes from Enterprise Canada and the former president of the UCP and Michael Solberg, a partner with New West Public Affairs and a former Harper Conservative staffer.
Welcome to Doug's world
What can Canadian conservatives learn from Doug Ford’s winning campaign? The Progressive Conservative leader won a second straight majority government on Thursday, a dramatic turnaround for a premier whose political future seemed far from certain during his first two years in office. What did Ford do right, and where did Alberta Premier Jason Kenney get it wrong? Host Kathleen Petty is joined by the Gandalf Group's David Herle, who also hosts The Herle Burly and Curse of Politics, pollster Janet Brown of Janet Brown Opinion Research and political strategist Stephen Carter of Decide Campaigns and The Strategists podcast.
Playing the field
Alberta conservatives are getting ready to leave Jason Kenney behind — but who will take the baton? There’s speculation that Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews may seek the UCP leadership, and he would join a field that already includes former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith and Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche MLA Brian Jean. Host Jim Brown is joined by guests Melissa Caouette of Melissa Caouette Consulting, Blaise Boehmer from NATIONAL Public Relations and political columnist Jen Gerson from The Line to break down how the race is shaping up — and what sort of party each candidate would lead.
From my oversharing, rambling, ADHD heart to Ricks ears. Never change. lol. Love ya man!
Kathleen pulls together an amazing show week after week.
West of Centre
A huge thank you to Kathleen Petty and her team for an informative, interesting and compelling take on Western politics. Once a Calgarian and now a Nova Scotian, the pod is a gift to those like me who need a continuous dose of Western politics to keep things real. Keep up the great work!
Fantastic politics podcast
Always look forward to it.