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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 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…
 
Saud Juman has grown, run and sold a multi-national business called PolicyMedical Inc. that developed numerous hospital data management systems trusted by over 3000 healthcare organizations. In his more than 20-year career as a business owner and entrepreneur, Saud Juman has worked through every possible business challenge in a variety of industrie…
 
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…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the "South Conference Conference" (?!), Supreme Court of Canada and the Stephen Carter Clause. What does the carbon tax decision mean for federal politics in Canada? What do the "Resistance" Premiers do now? And can Stephen Carter's entire personality be captured in three tweets? Zain Velji, as always, pick…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the Conservative Party of Canada policy convention. What does Erin O'Toole's keynote tell us about the upcoming election? Did the Conservatives sign their political death warrant by voting against climate change being real? And will the young up-and-comer Corey Hogan invite Stephen Carter to his 40th birthd…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the return of the "dead cat strategy" before a knock-down debate on recall legislation. Is the Alberta government's recent obsession with the accuracy of Bigfoot cartoons a distraction tactic? Does recall legislation lead to better democracies? And most importantly, does Corey believe anything he says? Zain…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk Alberta's war on Cartoon Bigfoot, the upcoming WE testimony, the last five months of polling in Alberta. What is the Energy War Room's goal in attacking a children's cartoon? Can the Liberals keep the WE scandal from being about them? And are Albertans conservatives, or just cosplaying as conservatives? Zain Velj…
 
It's the annual headline show! Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter give one hour of hot takes on what's in the news. Will Jody Wilson-Raybould's upcoming book change the federal political landscape? How did Alberta's "Energy War Room" get back into the news? And how long until Rocket Mortgage buys the naming rights to The Strategists? Zain Velji, as he …
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the upcoming Conservative party of Canada policy convention and the CPC election strategy. Should Erin O'Toole be concerned about the level of caucus unrest he faces? Can his strategy take him to 24 Sussex? And most importantly, will Corey please buy Stephen a new microphone? Zain Velji, as always, picks th…
 
Sheba Zaidi is the Co-Founder of Mahara Mindfulness - a contemporary lifestyle brand HQ-ed in Canada with the goal of creating products and experiences that provides a stepping stone into a world of mindful practices and personal transformation. Their first product, the Human Being Journal, launched late last year to great acclaim and was featured …
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the possible airline bailout and sabre rattling by conservatives around Line 5's looming deadline to end operations. Should the Canadian government be demanding an equity stake in our airlines? Will Biden have Trudeau's back on pipelines? And when does the Strategists' Texas correspondent start? Zain Velji,…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about leader brand - how it's established, how it's applied and how it fits in with political tactics. How do you keep your brand current to what the public wants? Should Erin O'Toole be on TikTok? And most importantly, what's going on with vaccines in Canada this week and why does it make Corey so angry? Zain Ve…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about budgets in the times of Covid-19 through a deep dive into Alberta's "frankenbudget". What's the story the Government is trying to tell? What does budget communications look like? And most importantly, did you know Hillary Clinton has a novel coming out? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps e…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the Commons vote on the Uyghur genocide before being subjected to the return of grab-bag favourite "Fine, Fabulous or F**ked" and the dreaded "Hoedown". Was the Liberal cabinet abstention good strategy? Are bozo eruptions in the CPC undoing O'Toole's rebranding work? And why did Stephen and Corey pass up th…
 
Danish Lallany is the founder of Dhole and Dumbbell Academy or DND Academy where he provides virtual fitness classes over zoom three times a week. He's a certified personal trainer who pivoted to online classes to help individuals stuck at home during COVID and to date has logged over 100 classes. You can now support this podcast by heading over to…
 
Purvi Shah is a poet and social justice activist known for her work to enable language access and advocacy for immigrant survivors of violence. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Terrain Tracks, Dark Lip of the Beloved and her most recent work Miracle Marks. Her debut collection, Terrain Tracks, won the Many Voices Project prize and …
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk shadow cabinets, reversing direction and managing an unruly caucus, and Canada's "vaccine certainty". Do Erin O'Toole's choices for shadow cabinet matter? What can we learn from Jason Kenney "reversing" his controversial coal policy? And how many dead professors are out there running online courses? Zain Velji, a…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the federal NDP's long-term care policy release, the creation of new political parties and the Republicans eating their own in Wyoming. Do Canadians care about public vs. private delivery? Has negative partisanship completely consumed American politics? And why does Stephen have so little regard for everybo…
 
Zain Velji, a Partner at Northweather, a strategy and marketing firm focusing on charities, non-profits, causes, and advocacy. He is also a political commentator whose work appears weekly on CBC television. In 2017, Zain managed the re-election campaign for Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. You can now support this podcast by heading over to patreon.com…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about attacks on political staff and the pros and cons of staffing your office with people who aren't from your jurisdiction. Why do people go after political staff? Are you better off staffing an office with less-seasoned locals? And when will Zain fix his political scales? Zain Velji, as always, picks the quest…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter dig deep into Alberta's inquiry into "Anti-Energy Campaigns", using the issue as a launching pad to talk about the political art of burying your own initiatives. How does the Alberta government extract itself from the Allan inquiry? How might they position this to be a win - or at least not a loss? And who among us ha…
 
Romana Kassam is known for exploring several mediums to express her journey as a woman of colour in Toronto. Her music specifically lends a voice to the issues and ideas around identity, belonging and healing. A true artist, Romana is a singer/songwriter, painter, installation artist and experience designer. As an expressionist and artist, Romana f…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk vaccine roll-out, the possibility of a spring election and Biden's first few days. Are the Liberals in trouble with all the vaccine roll-out stumbles? What's the optimal strategy for the Conservatives? And why does Corey love the filibuster so much? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody i…
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter break down Biden pulling the presidential permit for KXL, the Trudeau government's vaccine woes and then critique the Alberta government's recent headfirst plunge into coal mining. Can Jason Kenney get the KXL decision reversed? Why is everybody in Alberta all of a sudden talking about coal? And is Erin O'Toole secret…
 
Fahim MD is a Sr. UX/UI Designer with more than 13 years of experience working with brands like Adobe, BMW, and Intel, along with a part-time YouTuber, where he posts tutorials along with tips/tricks for those interested in breaking into design. You can subscribe to his YouTube channel here. Lastly, you can now support this podcast by heading over …
 
Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter talk about the possibility of an upcoming federal election, Joe Biden dropping the hammer on the Keystone XL pipeline and get tortured by Zain in the infamous Strategy Session. Will the Liberals pay a price for going to the polls early? Can Erin O'Toole successfully define himself as a moderate? And how deep will Jaso…
 
Sarah Ahmed is a psychotherapist and co-founder of Wellnest, a mindfully carved a safe space that caters to folks who have had a difficult time accessing or establishing truly meaningful and resonant connections in therapy. Wellnest offers a diverse range of services, approaches and modalities with a focus on being anti-oppressive and anti-racist, …
 
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