The Ledge

 
 

The Ledge

The Ledge is a podcast about Alberta politics produced by CBC Edmonton. Legislature reporters Kim Trynacity and Michelle Bellefontaine discuss the events of the week and interview guests to offer listeners an insider's look.

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Election aftermath

Comings and goings. The UCP will form government, the NDP transitions to opposition, and the future of the Liberal and Alberta Party.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:24:13]


Election 2019 final countdown

The Ledge reveals the mystery behind election decision desks. How does CBC make crucial pronouncements? And when-oh-when to declare the winner?

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[mp3 file: runs 00:25:02]


Behind the debate curtain

The blows, glances and how the leaders behaved and prepped when the cameras weren't rolling.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:20:37]


Education tug of war

This week, the United Conservative Party (UCP), and the NDP released their education platforms. The NDP wants more teachers, schools and playgrounds. The UCP wants better grades and more teacher accountability.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:24:19]


Pipelines vs personality

This week on The Ledge podcast, hosts Michelle Bellefontaine and Kim Trynacity look at the first few days of the campaign. While the NDP lobs attack ads against Kenney, the UCP leader has tried to keep the focus on "jobs, the economy and pipelines."

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[mp3 file: runs 00:24:24]


A bombshell story about an RCMP investigation into the UCP leadership race

Questions swirl around the the RCMP investigation into the United Conservative Party Leadership contest, and what impact it will have on election timing.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:23:27]


Jason Kenney says 'tactical' comments about women were distorted by the left

United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney says remarks he made Thursday suggesting male candidates understand political tactics better than their female counterparts were distorted by the "left-wing anger machine" on Twitter.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:22:41]


Arundeep Sandhu speaks for the first time on Edmonton Meadows UCP nomination

A longtime conservative politician, who campaigned for almost a year to be the United Conservative Party candidate in Edmonton-Meadows, is speaking out against UCP leader Jason Kenney, and his decision to overstep the local nomination process.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:22:18]


Notley and Kenney fight over oil by rail plan

The premier and UCP leader fought over the government's contracts to ship Alberta oil by rail; a judge reserved her decision on whether to overturn Stephen Mandel's five-year ban from running for public office; and we learned more about how the UCP sees the upcoming campaign.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:23:23]


NDP launches Kenney attack site, Mandel is banned, and MLAs fight over funding

What three things do you need to know about Alberta politics this week? The NDP launched a website to attack Jason Kenney, MLAs fought about caucus funding, and Stephen Mandel was banned from running for office for five years. CBC Calgary host Rob Brown joins the podcast to talk about Mandel's low profile in Calgary.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:20:51]


Hate message to a mosque gets politicized

The NDP tried to connect Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party to a hateful letter sent to an Edmonton mosque, while some Kenney supporters suggested it was planted to make their party look bad. The legislature hosted an emotional ceremony to unveil the portrait of late Alberta premier Jim Prentice. And Michelle and Kim have the latest nomination news.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:24:19]


The Battle for Calgary

CBC reporters Kim Trynacity and Michelle Bellefontaine discuss Battleground Calgary. Premier Rachel Notley and United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney held campaign events this week. Notley tried to paint the UCP as the party for the elites. Kenney accused the premier of campaigning on the taxpayers dime.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:20:35]


Kenney controversy, more MLAs pack it in and UCP rakes in the donations

How did the controversy over housing subsidies Jason Kenney received while he was an MP play out this week? How much did the parties get in political donations? And which cabinet minister decided not to run this spring? Hosts Kim Trynacity and Michelle Bellefontaine tackle those questions this week.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:21:50]


We're back for 2019

In the first episode of The Ledge for 2019, Legislature reporters Kim Trynacity and Michelle Bellefontaine get you caught up with three things you need to know about Alberta politics from this week.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:21:37]


The calm before the (election) storm

Alberta's political parties are working quietly behind the scenes, organizing and laying the foundations for the next provincial election that is scheduled to take place between March 1 and May 30.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:24:53]


Change is in the Air

Alberta's oil production cuts dominated the political agenda this week. The table was set on Sunday when Premier Rachel Notley ordered an oil production cut of 8.7 per cent starting Jan. 1, aimed at boosting the price of Alberta crude.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:23:19]


It's all about the money, honey.

Whether it's the government buying rail cars to transport Alberta oil or unions and corporations financing a barrage of political ads, mostly everything in provincial politics this week was about money.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:24:43]


Dirty little secrets

The fall session of the Alberta legislature resumed with calls for more transparency into how complaints of harassment and bullying are investigated. Alberta Party MLA Karen McPherson sent a letter to the Speaker asking for a review into how the NDP handled sexual misconduct complaints against two of their members.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:22:07]


Church and state in Alberta politics

CBC reporters Michelle Bellefontaine and Kim Trynacity discuss how church and state clashed this week in Alberta politics. And John Carpay's comparison of the Pride flag to the Nazi swastika forces the UCP to deal with questions about party membership.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:23:32]


The fine line between party discipline and bullying

In this week's episode CBC's legislature reporters look at a bombshell letter from a government MLA, who's since been thrown out of caucus. What the ousted member calls bullying others call party discipline.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:21:11]