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Everything is about abortion, even it’s not … BUT IT IS – The Pipeline, Episode 11

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In this episode of The Pipeline, Paul, Derek and Deirdre discussed the Alberta Budget.

At the end of the episode, we talked about the latest around COVID-19, and Deirdre’s Western Standard breaking story about a plane from Vancouver to Winnipeg with a fever-stricken “unresponsive” passenger.

In between that, we intended to talk about the Conservative Party leadership race. We did a little bit, but mostly we talked about (1) that Peter MacKay has probably already won, (2) abortion, and (3) why we can’t talk about abortion.

It ended with some agreements … (1) that abortion will continue to be an issue that Canada will probably never legislate on, and (2) the new Conservative Party leader’s opinion on the issue, and the perception of their opinion and intentions on the issue, will matter a fair bit in the future success or failure of the Conservative Party of Canada.

For an apparently “long decided” issue, abortion will continue to haunt political debate in Canada for the foreseeable future.

The Pipeline is The Western Standard’s weekly national affairs program. Each week, The Western Standard Publisher Derek Fildebrandt and Digital Editor Paul Holmes break down the issues from the week, discuss them in-depth and examine some of the broader implications, focusing particularly on how they affect Western Canada. We were also joined this week by Deirdre Mitchell-MacLean, Senior Reporter.

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WATCH: The Pipeline. Pastor Coates set free, direct democracy legislation and Premier Kenney’s leadership review

Pastor James Coates has been released without conditions and most charges against him have been dropped. What does this mean for other people facing charges? Is the provincial government going to back off on restrictions further?

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Publisher Derek Fildebrandt, news editor Dave Naylor and columnist Cory Morgan discuss and analyze top news stories of the day. 

Pastor James Coates has been released without conditions and most charges against him have been dropped. What does this mean for other people facing charges? Is the provincial government going to back off on restrictions further? 

Recall and referendum legislation has been tabled in the legislature. Are the bars for citizens reasonably set? Will this shore up the grassroots support in the party? Political maneuvering has pushed the next opportunity for a UCP leadership review until a date six months before the next general election. Kenney has bought himself time and dodged a potential bullet but will it be worth alienating members? 

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LISTEN: The Pipeline podcast October 7, 2020

Trudeau’s threat to the A2A rail line proposal, Gil McGowan and the AFL’s Alberta business boycott campaign and the Saskatchewan and BC elections are discussed.

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Guns and (Wild)Roses – The Pipeline, Episode 15

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In this episode we discuss:

  • Opportunistic Gun Laws
  • Wildrose Politics
  • Media Bailout 2.0

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The Pipeline is The Western Standard’s weekly national affairs program, focusing particularly on issues that affect Western Canada, featuring:

  • Derek Fildebrandt, Publisher
  • Dave Naylor, News Editor
  • Paul Holmes, Digital Editor

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