Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-Danielle Smith and the WRP Crossing


When we started 2014, the biggest villain in Alberta Politics was Alison Redford. The possible hero and new leader of Alberta Politics, you could argue, was Danielle Smith.

Now, as 2014 ends, the biggest villain of…. Canadian politics is Danielle Smith.

Steven Britton, Robyn Moser and Derek Fildebrandt discuss the shocking week of 9 Wildrose Members crossing the floor too the PC Party. We cover a ton of topics and it conveys a lot of emotions.  This also will have some “inside baseball”. However, there are some people that  had some insight into what happened. We broke it up in two parts. Some of the topics we cover include;

Part 1 is here

Part 2 is is this link.

Reactions of the crossing and how everyone heard;

A revelation from Derek about ANOTHER  potential story the media is looking into.

What the “deal” was to include and ended up including? Did Smith and Anderson get what they want

The WRP convention.

The bye-election

The possible orchestrator of the deal.

The current perception of the PC Party and Jim Prentice.

The current mood of the Wildrose Party.

When should we have an election?

Can the  so called “left” parties take advantage?

Is Prentice a good leader?

A debate about the need of Opposition. Can it be within caucus or an actual opposition?

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Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-Why we need GSA’s.An interview with a High School Student and Parent


Click this link for part 3 of our series of conversations around Gay Straight Alliances.

We heard from people who had some concerns about GSA’s. If you missed that, click here. It was with Jojo Ruba, Derek Fildebrandt, Terry Lo and Jeff Wilson.

The second was with Kent Hehr. If you missed that, click the link here.

This perspective is from a High School student named Caprice and her mother Diane. Caprice is in Grade 10. She is slowly opening up about who she is and her mom is there to support her.

We also heard from Kelly Hofer. If you haven’t heard his story, we touch on it briefly here. He is a Hutterite who, once he came out, cannot go back to his colony to be with his friends and family there. He has started a support group which he will talk about as well. Kelly couldn’t stay with us the whole time, but we did appreciate his perspective. If you wish to listen to his interview, listen to it here.

Oh, and Terry Lo is with us as well.

Topics we cover in our Podcast include;

Kelly’s perspective on GSA’s and the concerns from the religious community.

Diane’s experience dealing with teachers and principles in schools.

Caprice’s perspective.

A response to if an “anti-bullying” club solves the problem

A response to the parental concern argument.

Their impression on Gordon Dirks

Terry walks through how feasible Bill 10 would work with Caprice. And the logic behind it.

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Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-Interview with Kent Hehr


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Kent Hehr and I discuss the recent issues around Bill 202 and Bill 10.

Click here to listen to the Podcast.

If you remember, Kent brought forward a private members bill Motion 503 which would make it mandatory for school boards to support students who want to form Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs)
Topics we discuss include;

-Kent motivation behind bringing Motion 503

-The process behind Bill 202 and the expectations of what would happen

-Bill 10

-The response to concerns that religious schools that this is a violation of their rights

-Gordon Dirks silence

-The hope going forward

We also spent some time discussing Provincial and Federal politics as well.

We discussed;

-the current perception of Alberta Liberal party

-his perception of the other parties

-the impact of oil prices and when Prentice could call an election.

-His nomination for Liberal MP

-Why he feels it’s important that we have a Liberal MP from Calgary.

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Questions for Kent Hehr? And updates on other Agree or Disagree: The Podcast’s


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This is Kent Hehr. He is a Member of Legislative Assembly for Calgary Buffalo. He is a well known Calgarian.

And he is coming on Agree or Disagree: The Podcast.

If you remember, on Monday April 7, Kent brought forth Motion 503. The motion would make it mandatory for school boards to support students  who want to form Gay-Straight Alliances. That motion was defeated.

Since the controversy of the last two weeks with Bill 202 and Bill 10, I think it is important that we do hear from him about what has happened.

I would like to hear from you as well. What questions or comments do you have for Kent? We will spend most of our time on GSA’s. But we will also spend some time talking about other things he is up too as well. Podcast will be up Saturday.

Now, while you spend your Friday night going on dates, or maybe Christmas shopping, I will spending time Podcasting.

We will also be recording a Podcast with a High School kid and her mother about GSA’s. We will also have Kelly Hofer joining us along with Terry Lo.  We might have another couple of guests as well. Podcsst should be up on Sunday.

We are also hoping to do a Podcast on the Secondary Suites in Calgary as well. Stay tuned.

Agree or Disagree: You would sign this petition supporting secondary suites in #yyc


There is a  very important vote going on at Calgary City Council this Monday. It is a vote to significantly improve the secondary suites process city-wide. Many people will agree that this process has been a long time coming.

Hence, why we have this petition. This is a petition you can sign to support secondary suites in Calgary. It is called We Support Secondary Suites. The site will give you some information on the issues. It will also link you to a couple of websites. I’ll include them here.

The first one is this. A link from the City of Calgary on Secondary Suites and their current guidelines.

The second one is here. It is an investigation on Secondary Suites in Calgary.

I will add one more article. This is a news story explaining some of the concerns around secondary suites.

After looking at this, would you sign the petition?

Agree or Disagree: The Podcast -An Adult conversation around GSA’s


Derek Fildebrandt, Terry Lo, Jojo Ruba, and Jeff White discuss the issues around the Gay-Straight Alliances, Bill 202, and Bill 10.

Derek wrote an excellent blog about having an adult conversation on GSA’s. You can read that here.

Terry, if you remember, left his role as VP of communications for the party Calgary- Glenmore constituency association. This was because WRP members didn’t pass an expanded statement on equality rights on their last meeting.

Jojo and Jeff represent Faith Beyond Belief. They exist to help Christians become effective ambassadors for Christ.

One of the observations Jojo made was that many moderate Christians voices haven’t been a part of the conversation. They feel that they have been shut out of the conversation.

Listen to the Podcast here

Topics we cover include;

Some benefits and concerns about GSA’s. Particularly those involved in a Christian school.

What was missing in this conversation?

Parental rights

Religious rights

The silence of Gordon Dirks and how it impacted both sides.

Why the PC government mishandled the situation so badly?

A possible solution going forward.

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