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New polling for CBC suggests the UCP pulling ahead of the NDP. But it's not over yet. With a few days remaining in the campaign, all eyes are on battleground Calgary. West of Centre host Kathleen Petty breaks down the numbers with pollster Janet Brown and Duane Bratt of Mount Royal University. Then, CBC journalists join the pod in anticipation of Monday’s “Calgarypalooza!”.
Debating the Debate
The leaders of Alberta’s two major parties took an hour out of their campaigns to debate each other this week.. So, who won? The consensus seems to be that Danielle Smith didn’t make any serious gaffs to lose and Rachel Notley didn’t level a knock out punch to win. On the West of Centre podcast, host Kathleen Petty and guests debate the debate. She is joined by a panel of Calgary voters followed by a couple of political journalists who add their though and drill down on the campaign .
Small towns with big city problems
We might be obsessing over battleground Calgary. But it’s not the only place in Alberta where seats are up for grabs. This week, we take you to some of the small towns and cities where the election could be decided. Also on West of Centre, Jason Markusoff fills in for Kathleen Petty and talks to campaign watchers about how Danielle Smith and Rachel Notley are managing the province’s wildfire crisis.
Running on their records
The four week election campaign gets underway with the UCP promising big tax cuts and the NDP offering a leader Albertans can trust. The bottom line is this election is about two women who know what it’s like to be in the top political job, running on their records. This week, West of Centre host Kathleen Petty takes you behind the scenes of the campaigns with senior advisors in both camps. Cheryl Oates is with the NDP and Erika Barootes is with the UCP. And acting as a bit of a buffer between the two is Jason Markusoff , a producer and writer with CBC Calgary who somehow found a way to tie Cinco de Mayo into Alberta politics. .
Game On !
Game On! . An election campaign promise from Danielle Smith this week is a 330 million dollar gamble that Albertans support subsidizing the Calgary Flames arena deal. Will that be the defining issue of the campaign or will it be health care or Albertans struggling with the cost of living? As the parties roll out their election machines,West of Centre host Kathleen Petty talks strategy with Karamveer Lalh former political staffer for federal Conservatives and UCP, Leah Ward former director of communications for Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP caucus and Corey Hogan who served as head of government communications under Alberta Premiers Rachel Notley and Jason Kenney.