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The Alberta Advantage Podcast

Team Advantage

Fresh from the birthplace of the CCF! Commentary and analysis on local and provincial politics from a left perspective.

28:47 | Sep 14th

After delivering a $4.5 billion corporate tax cut, Jason Kenney's Blue Ribbon Panel on Alberta's Finances proposed that Alberta's expenditures are much too high. Chaired by Janice MacKinnon (who oversaw draconian cuts that shut down 52 rural hospital...Show More

57:37 | Aug 30th

In the interest of inter-provincial solidarity, bridging Canada's language divide, and making Alberta conservatives mad by saying Québec is good and cool: buckle up for an episode about Québec's 1972 General Strike! Joined by Central Canada Correspo...Show More

35:09 | Aug 21st

Isn't it weird that when Pierre Elliott Trudeau proposed a National Energy Policy in the 1980s, the spectre of nationalization was a horror the oilpatch couldn't withstand— but today, we find this same oilpatch wrapping itself in the Canadian flag? ...Show More

1:12:50 | Aug 6th

The Srsly Wrong Boys and Team Advantage join forces to roast Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau! Find out why the Canadian Woke Bae's progressive neoliberalism has been immensely disappointing! Consider the danger of performative-progressive poli...Show More

30:04 | Jul 23rd

Writer James Davidge and artist Nick Johnson join Team Advantage to discuss their graphic novel, 1st Legion of Utopia, an "epic tale of killers, queers, and the birth of Canadian socialism." The story follows a violent world of social unrest, politic...Show More

45:45 | Jul 17th

Remember how the CCF's Regina Manifesto (1933) was a pleasure to read? Well, here we find out how the party 'moderated' its position. Formulated in the middle of the post-war boom and the Cold War, the Winnipeg Declaration softens the language and am...Show More

29:00 | Jul 9th

Kate interviews Dr. William Carroll, Professor of Sociology at the University of Victoria, and co-director of the Corporate Mapping Project. The CMP recently released a list of the Fossil-Power Top 50, which provided detailed profiles for the most in...Show More

55:07 | Jun 22nd

What would it take for New Democrats to develop politics suited to our political moment? Team Advantage discusses how the origins of the NDP have shaped its trajectory, the party's grappling with the realities of neoliberalism, and thinks through wha...Show More

48:56 | Jun 9th

Canadian corporate cash overseas hit a record high of $353 billion in 2018. Meanwhile in Alberta, Jason Kenney is lowering the corporate tax rate to 8%, the lowest in Canada. Toby Sanger, Executive Director of Canadians for Tax Fairness, joins Team ...Show More

53:49 | Jun 1st

Team Advantage delves deep into The People's Republic of Walmart, joined by special guests and authors Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski. You'll be shocked to learn that economic planning goes on all around you, on a massive scale: Amazon and Walma...Show More

1:04:44 | May 17th

Team Advantage travels to Winnipeg for the 1919 General Strike Centenary Conference to consider the meaning of Canada's biggest single labour action! Featuring interviews with David Camfield and Christo Aivalis, Team Advantage gives you a brief overv...Show More

32:11 | May 11th

Rick Bell. He's Calgary's Best Journalist. His paragraphs? They're tiny. His opinions? They're terrible. Listen, dear reader, and learn.

34:42 | Apr 27th

BONUS MATERIAL: Enjoy this episode of Unpacking the News from April 17, 2019 featuring Alberta Advantage contributor and Sports Are Gay co-host Elaine Pauls joining Andre Goulet to explore the aftermath of the 2019 election. In a grim morning-after ...Show More

52:46 | Apr 19th

Predictably, the Alberta NDP's focus-grouped and poll-driven strategy to get re-elected failed, despite Jason Kenney's campaign having multiple run-ins with xenophobia and white nationalism. Who could've foreseen after the 2016 Clinton-Trump contest ...Show More

36:16 | Apr 15th

BONUS CONTENT! Repost of Ricochet Media's "Unpacking the News" with Andre Goulet, featuring Team Advantage member Stephen. In the lead up to Alberta's April 16th election, Stephen Magusiak of pressprogress.ca and The Alberta Advantage podcast joins ...Show More

39:51 | Apr 11th

Alberta's New Democrats have some legitimate victories: minimum wage increases, modernization of labour rights, and their protections of Gay-Straight Alliances are commendable. But fiscally they've accepted too many conservative frames, which left th...Show More

44:42 | Apr 8th

Jason Kenney's United Conservative Party released a 114-page platform detailing how they would like to go to war with Albertans. "Job creation" programs that just hand giant tax breaks to corporations! "Cutting red tape" by rolling back labour regula...Show More

43:44 | Apr 4th

Danielle Smith interviewed disgraced former UCP candidate Caylan Ford on March 29, 2019. Caylan Ford withdrew her candidacy on March 20, 2019 after messages she authored were released which revealed that Ford thought "white supremacist terrorists" ar...Show More

50:23 | Mar 31st

Fun fact: Grant Notley, Rachel Notley's father, led Alberta's New Democrats from 1968 until 1984. Surely he was inspired by the radical politics of his time and serves as a useful contrast to today's social democrats who claim that "Pharmacare doesn'...Show More

29:51 | Mar 25th

Jason Kenney's star UCP candidate, Caylan Ford, recently resigned over white supremacist comments. But did you know that the Calgary Herald's star columnist, Licia Corbella, wrote a glowing puff piece on Caylan Ford? Join Team Advantage as they read ...Show More

51:13 | Mar 15th

Did you know that the post-war CCF once wrote admiringly about the Red Army? That it saw Canada's wartime economic planning as a great argument for the superiority of central planning and public investment? That they authored pieces like "Political A...Show More

38:39 | Mar 2nd

Renowned earth scientist David Hughes joins Team Advantage to discuss Canada's energy mix, Alberta's oilsands, the realities of a carbon-constrained future, orphaned wells in Western Canada, oil curtailment and oil-by-rail, as well as David's most re...Show More

41:04 | Feb 21st

Populism! It frightens liberal technocrats everywhere! What could be worse than teeming masses of people making political demands? Team Advantage takes a look at some of populism's historical roots, and examines that classic populist formulation: the...Show More

47:39 | Feb 12th

Bashir Mohamed joins Team Advantage to discuss Alberta's Black history, and the history of racial discrimination that accompanied it. KKK cross-burning approved by Edmonton's Mayor! Court cases over discriminatory seating! Some have suggested that MP...Show More

22:07 | Feb 5th

Have you herd? There's a new Canada Food Guide advising us to eat our fruits and veggies. This is clearly a plot by George Soros and the Global Elite to attack Alberta's precious, precious beef industry. Our environment is, in fact, maintained by our...Show More

44:42 | Jan 27th

Team Advantage sits down with Justin and Thomas from Alberta Regional Rail to make the case for a regional rail network. Connect Alberta's major cities! Increase transportation safety! Cut down on transportation time! Ride a train because it's so dan...Show More

41:46 | Jan 18th

Journalist and podcaster extraordinaire James Wilt (@james_m_wilt) joins Team Advantage to discuss a few extremely chill and low-key subjects, such as Bill C-69, Alberta's royalty regime, Endy mattresses, the state of the Canadian podcasting universe...Show More

48:34 | Dec 30th, 2018

Name your favourite highly-concentrated, highly-profitable, highly-integrated telecommunications company! Does it rhyme with Rell, Belus, or Togers? Good news, this episode is for you. Joined by Dru Oja Jay (@druojajay) of Courage, Team Advantage inv...Show More

53:35 | Dec 6th, 2018

In an effort to make William Brett Wilson Very Mad Online, Team Advantage convenes to explain the difference between demand-side climate policies (like the carbon tax) and supply-side climate policies (like restricting or banning production). We come...Show More

28:24 | Nov 27th, 2018

Did you hear about the recent tragedy? "Laid off at 53, former oil industry manager wonders if seven-figure savings will sustain 40-year retirement: Couple has financial assets of about $1.37 million to tide them over, but at their age, they cannot a...Show More

50:18 | Nov 8th, 2018

Hosting the Olympics in Calgary is a bad idea! Team Advantage considers Calgary's 1988 Olympic bid and how we lucked out financially the first time, the ridiculous demands of the International Olympics Committee (including private traffic lanes and s...Show More

37:05 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Team Advantage treks to the great northern bastion of social democracy known as Edmonton, Alberta. We speak to some really excellent Alberta NDP members doing important work, and witness some flawlessly executed stage management. The funniest part wa...Show More

21:53 | Oct 30th, 2018

Paige Gorsak is running for the federal NDP nomination in Edmonton-Strathcona, a seat currently held by the NDP's Linda Duncan (who is not seeking re-election). Kate interviews Paige about her ambitious platform and bold vision for the future, which ...Show More

55:28 | Oct 20th, 2018

We're being told that wheat is legal now ... ? To celebrate the Greatest Grain, Team Advantage dives into Alberta's agrarian history, including the "clearing" of the plains, anti-capitalist ideas and agrarian radicalism, the history of the Canadian W...Show More

23:59 | Oct 16th, 2018

Team Advantage submits themselves to a reading of a known piece of socialist propaganda, Tommy Douglas' Mouseland. Will they ever be the same again? If you're in Calgary this Friday, October 19th at 7pm, join us at the Hop In Brew (213 12 Ave SW) to ...Show More

51:55 | Oct 10th, 2018

David Gray-Donald (@dgrdon), publisher of Briarpatch magazine, joins Team Advantage to discuss his experience at this past summer's Global Petroleum Show in Calgary. Is the fossil fuel industry planning decarbonization and energy transition? What cli...Show More

23:56 | Oct 2nd, 2018

CW: Kavanaugh stuff. The Calgary Herald will not apologize for Naomi Lakritz's terrible opinions because they "are a platform for free speech." Team Advantage reads the Calgary Herald's September 29, 2018 editorial: The importance of free speech http...Show More

44:12 | Sep 22nd, 2018

The conclusion of our compelling Social Credit series! Team Advantage takes a hard look at Premier Ernest Manning, his religious views (and how these impact his politics), the discovery of oil in Leduc 1947 and Alberta's emerging relationship with la...Show More

28:51 | Sep 11th, 2018

Our Teen Tankie Podcast Gang reassembles to discuss the brouhaha surrounding Unifor's recent video identifying strikebreaking labourers. Unifor Local 579 has been locked out for 21 months (!) by the aerospace company D-J Composites in Gander, N.L.

55:20 | Sep 8th, 2018

What happens when public education isn't quite public? What happens when your public schools have to compete with each other in the name of "choice in education" or "parental choice?" Team Advantage is joined by Barbara Silva, Communications Director...Show More

21:34 | Sep 4th, 2018

Here's our first mini-episode, as promised! What should we call it? We're trying out Teen Tankie Podcast Gang, for reasons. We decided to read Edmonton Journal writer David Staples. He recently wrote a nice essay in AlbertaViews, which definitely doe...Show More

1:12:52 | Sep 1st, 2018

Bonus content: we're re-pod-casting the latest episode of Rob Rousseau's 49th Parahell, a Canadian podcast where we explore the hellish nightmare world of modern reality, together. Follow Rob @robrousseau and support his show at patreon.com/49thParah...Show More

48:40 | Aug 29th, 2018

The Manning Centre is "stepping back from its advocacy work." You can now rent the first floor of their building! Team Advantage does a deep dive into the Manning Centre's history, goes through the cast of veritable ghouls that have worked there, and...Show More

44:29 | Aug 6th, 2018

Hear all about Alberta's Premier Preacher who wanted to do a whole bunch of wacky stuff with money! Team Advantage dives deep into the philosophy of Social Credit, putting stamps on your money every week, the personality of William Aberhart (fondly r...Show More

43:24 | Jul 22nd, 2018

Looks like everyone is mad about equalization, so it's time for us to explain why Equalization is Good. Joining Team Advantage this week is Ricardo Acuña, Executive Director of the Parkland Institute. We talk about what equalization is, how it's ofte...Show More

44:18 | Jul 3rd, 2018

To celebrate our ownership of 6/36,000,000ths of the Trans Mountain pipeline, Team Advantage discusses the role of the Canadian state in taking on risky investments that aren't commercially viable. We point out the important role of the state in esta...Show More

43:40 | Jun 24th, 2018

Ready for Ralph Klein, Ontario edition? Joined by special guest James Wilt (@james_m_wilt), Team Advantage discusses the terrible coverage of Doug Ford in the run-up to Ontario's election. We read some of the awful fluffy coverage of Ford that helped...Show More

44:32 | May 28th, 2018

Team Advantage talks about the shitheads who are trying to rehabilitate the flat tax, explains why the flat tax is a Bad Idea, and explores the intellectual lineage of this Very Bad Idea. Featuring Jack Mintz, Mark Milke, the Fraser Institute, and Fr...Show More

50:07 | May 11th, 2018

We actually read the giant collection of policy proposals that the UCP debated (some of) last weekend. Folks, it's bad. Featuring the New Green McCarthyism, roundabout ways of attacking abortion rights, treating kids like property, Alberta's constitu...Show More

27:21 | May 5th, 2018

On April 28th, Briarpatch Magazine launched their Prairie Issue at Shelf Life Books in Calgary. We recorded the discussion with authors and community members, who spoke about decolonizing the justice system and fossil fuel industries in the prairies ...Show More

49:06 | Apr 27th, 2018

Remember that one time the youth tried to make the NDP rad? Team Advantage is joined by Mount Royal University's Roberta Lexier to discuss the Waffle, the 1969 Waffle Manifesto, James Laxer, Mel Watkins, economic nationalism, and much more.

45:37 | Apr 10th, 2018

Team Advantage assembles to slay myths spewed by deficit-trolls and deficit-hawks. Is the government budget just like a household budget? Why are we spending so much on candles? If businesses leverage themselves all the time, why can't government? Wh...Show More

49:19 | Mar 26th, 2018

If you weren't convinced by part one ... well, here's part two. It should do the trick. Team Advantage discusses the last half of Ralph Klein's reign, which includes deregulating electricity, foot-dragging on LGBTQ rights, drunkenly yelling at unhous...Show More

45:57 | Mar 11th, 2018

Team Advantage discusses actual facts and realities about pipelines! Joining the show are Ian Hussey, research manager with the Parkland Institute, and Emma Jackson, research assistant with the Parkland Institute. The gang has a honest conversation a...Show More

42:49 | Feb 20th, 2018

Team Advantage is joined by Duncan Kinney of Progress Alberta to discuss elite private schools. Elite private schools - those charging more than $10,000 a year in tuition - are raking in more than $27 million a year in public taxpayer subsidies. For ...Show More

41:09 | Feb 12th, 2018

Team Advantage discusses the subtle pros and cons of blowing up hospitals, delivering 20% cuts, privatizing health care and relying on magical oil & gas money to solve all your problems.

49:10 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Team Advantage reads the Regina Manifesto, the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation's (CCF) founding document from 1933. We all get the full text tattooed to our bodies, and decide that any manifesto worth reading should have elaborate plans for milk...Show More

50:43 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Is housing the best commodity, or the worst commodity? Team Advantage gets together to discuss how fucked up it is that over a hundred people got evicted from their apartments with fifteen minutes' notice. We then discuss problems surrounding gentrif...Show More

46:17 | Dec 8th, 2017

Team Advantage taste-tests that undefinable creamy nougat in the 'center' of the political spectrum. Spoiler: tastes like neoliberalism. Feat. Centrist Dads, Alberta Party, and the historical shift of the Overton window to the right since the 1970s.

43:14 | Nov 24th, 2017

Why is the University of Calgary so bad? Team Advantage digs into UofC's history, including Ralph Klein, Friends of Science, Joseph Lougheed, the Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability, Tom Flanagan, Jack Mintz, Imperial Oil, and David Frum.

44:32 | Nov 6th, 2017

Team Advantage discusses the UCP's coronation of Kenney, and Kenney's delightful history.

44:52 | Oct 22nd, 2017

Calgary's 2017 municipal election, featuring Bill Smith the Empty Suit, anti-bike-lane warrior Sean Chu, developers, Jason Kenney everywhere, Preston Manning, JerOmy Farkas, and much more!