The Current

The Current for May 20, 2022

Today on The Current: Where did it go wrong for Alberta Premier Jason Kenney?; Canada’s airports face short-staffing and long delays; Connie Walker’s podcast explores her father’s experience at residential school; and Sri Lanka’s dire financial crisis sparks widespread protest.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney narrowly won a vote on his leadership of the United Conservative Party this week, but announced he would step down anyway. Matt Galloway talks to Rob Smith, president of the UCP Constituency Association for Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills; Tyler Dawson, Alberta correspondent for the National Post; and Zain Velji, a political strategist with the Calgary firm Northweather.

Then, many Canadian airports are facing short staffing, long line-ups, delays and missed flights. We talk to fiddler Korona Brophy, who faced numerous delays trying to reach Newfoundland to perform for Prince Charles this week. We also discuss the problems and possible solutions with Duncan Dee, former chief operating officer at Air Canada; and infectious disease physician Dr. Zain Chagla.

Plus, journalist Connie Walker's new podcast, Stolen: Surviving St. Michael's, tells the story of what her father and his siblings experienced at St. Michael's Indian Residential School in Duck Lake, Sask. She tells us what she learned about herself while working on the podcast.

And Sri Lanka is experiencing a financial crisis and widespread protests — but demonstrators say this might be a turning point in a long fight against corruption. We talk to protester Nuzly Hameem and political scientist Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu.

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