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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics

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Join legislature reporter Emma Graney, columnist Keith Gerein, as well as others in The Press Gallery, Edmonton Journal's Alberta politics podcast.

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Join legislature reporter Emma Graney, columnist Keith Gerein, as well as others in The Press Gallery, Edmonton Journal's Alberta politics podcast.

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Must-listen for all Albertans who want to keep up with provincial affairs

By Olav Rokne - Jan 17 2014
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A balanced, nuanced overview of Alberta politics with some of the Edmonton Journal's leading columnists and reporters. Even when I vehemently disagree with them, I find the arguments and ideas to be compelling.

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Must-listen for all Albertans who want to keep up with provincial affairs

By Olav Rokne - Jan 17 2014
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A balanced, nuanced overview of Alberta politics with some of the Edmonton Journal's leading columnists and reporters. Even when I vehemently disagree with them, I find the arguments and ideas to be compelling.
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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics

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Join legislature reporter Emma Graney, columnist Keith Gerein, as well as others in The Press Gallery, Edmonton Journal's Alberta politics podcast.

Rank #1: The Paycuts And Promises edition

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Sure, it was a four-day week in the middle of summer, but that didn't stop MLAs from giving themselves a five per cent pay cut and Premier Jason Kenney from celebrating his first 100 days in office.

Join host Emma Graney with guests Keith Gerein and Dave Breakenridge to talk all things Alberta politics, and find out why former U.S. president Roosevelt ended up in the discussion this week.

We also have a very special interview with departing editor Sarah O'Donnell (*Emma starts crying*), without whom The Press Gallery wouldn't even exist.

Good Stuff from the Gallery

Keith's pick: Keith would like you to read the editorials that earned Sarah O'Donnell a national newspaper award.

Emma's pick: Off the back of a recent recommendation by Press Gallery regular Clare Clancy about young women becoming Catholic nuns, Emma's pick is along a similar vein but takes us to India where more young people are becoming Jain monks.

Dave's pick: Dave recommends you drive across Canada and check out all the awesome stuff our wonderful country has to offer. Here are some tips from Culture Trip if you need them.

Sarah's (final) pick: Keep on reading the Edmonton Journal (we're not crying YOU'RE crying).

Aug 09 2019
40 mins
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Rank #2: The Flipping The Switch edition

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The new UCP government this week reversed an NDP decision around Alberta's electricity market, announcing the province will stick with an energy-only market.

Confused as to what that means? You're not alone. It's outrageously complex. Join host Emma Graney who tries to explain it all with the help of guests Sarah O'Donnell and Clare Clancy.

The team also takes a look at Alberta's sunshine list and the latest in party fundraising totals.

Good Stuff from the Gallery

Clare's pick: Clare recommends two things this week. First up, Emma Graney's deep dive into the work of Janice MacKinnon who is overseeing a panel about Alberta's finances ("Thanks, Clancy!" - Emma.) She also recommends this horrifying read from The Guardian about the rise of domestic killings using the defense of a "sex game gone wrong."

Emma's pick: Not to be outdone, Emma also recommends two things this week. Firstly, this amusing Washington Post interview with the graphic designer behind a parody presidential seal mistakenly used at a Trump speech this week. Also, she thinks you should absolutely go watch the Good Omens television series on Amazon.

Sarah's pick: Sarah also jumps aboard the multiple recommendations train this week, but wins with three. She recommends the This Sounds Serious podcast, Elise Stolte's column about Edmonton drawing a line on urban sprawl, and — for the power geeks — the AESO real-time electricity tracker.

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Jul 26 2019
35 mins
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Rank #3: The Pipelines and Earplugs edition

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The federal government approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (again) this week, but Premier Jason Kenney was not jumping for joy.

Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney and guests Keith Gerein, Janet French and Dave Breakenridge to talk about why.

The team also takes a look at this week's passage of Bill 9 and why the government didn't want to hear about it (very literally), and a new immigration office announced by the UCP.

Good Stuff from the Gallery

Keith's pick: Keith's digging on another John Ivison column this week, this time on the Scheer climate plan giving voters expressions of concern with no actual cost.

Janet's pick: This fascinating article on Toronto's Stronach family and their $500-million family feud.

Emma's pick: Getting far away from Alberta politics, Emma recommends the YA novel Cinder by Marissa Meyer — a retelling of Cinderella featuring cyborgs, robots and a handsome prince.

Dave's pick: This gob-smacking read in The Atlantic, What Really Happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane.

Jun 21 2019
36 mins
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Rank #4: The All-Night Filibuster Fun edition

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The Alberta legislature broke a record for the longest Wednesday sitting in provincial history this week, and Press Gallery host Emma Graney was there watching... for some of it, anyway.

Join Graney and guests Clare Clancy, Janet French and Sarah O'Donnell to discuss why on earth Alberta MLAs were in the house for a full 24 hours.

The team also dives into changes around the Education Act and what the report on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls means for Alberta.

Good Stuff from the Gallery

Clare's pick: Season 4 of the awesome podcast series called Ear Hustle, which is recorded in prison.

Janet's pick: This fascinating piece from The Star on something called atmospheric rivers, and how they're changing .

Emma's pick: This book by former Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer called Yes we (still) can, about journalism and social media in the age of Trump.

Sarah's pick: This series on sexual violence and policing in remote Alaska, called Lawless. It's a partnership between ProPublica and Anchorage Daily News.

Jun 07 2019
37 mins
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Rank #5: How the Alberta election was won and lost: Chapter 3

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Jason Kenney was elected premier of Alberta on April 16 after a bitterly fought campaign. But the journey started nearly three years ago.

This special series from the Press Gallery, the Edmonton Journal’s long-running politics podcast, will give listeners a deep dive into Alberta’s 2019 election.

Chapter 3 focuses on the NDP campaign and whether or not the election was lost before the writ was even dropped.

Jun 06 2019
17 mins
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Rank #6: The Fighting Fires edition

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As the wildfire situation in Northern Alberta worsens, the United Conservative Party is fighting political fires of its own.

Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Janet French, Keith Gerein and Dave Breakenridge to take a dive into the appointment of a special prosecutor in the RCMP investigation into the UCP leadership race, and the new elections commissioner investigation facing UCP MLA Peter Singh.

The team also looks at the fires Health Minister Tyler Shandro tried to put out this week — and why the phrase "In due course" was trending on Twitter.

Good Stuff from the Gallery

Janet's pick: The wonderful children's book series about families (comes with bonus magic tricks!) called Magic misfits, by Neil Patrick Harris.

Keith's pick: This piece in the Globe and Mail by economist Trevor Tombe, about why Alberta's carbon tax is not, in fact, dead.

Emma's pick: Not at all political, this Netflix documentary about body building, called Generation Iron 3.

Dave's pick: This awesome new podcast called Defence Watch, which takes us behind the curtain of Canada’s special forces.

May 31 2019
37 mins
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Rank #7: How the Alberta election was won and lost: Chapter 2

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Jason Kenney was elected premier of Alberta on April 16 after a bitterly fought campaign. But the journey started nearly three years ago.

This special series from the Press Gallery, the Edmonton Journal’s long-running politics podcast, will give listeners a deep dive into Alberta’s 2019 election.

Chapter 2 focuses on the UCP leadership campaign, the surrounding controversies and the role it played in the election.

May 30 2019
24 mins
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Rank #8: The Game Of Throne Speeches edition

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Your dragon show has ended but the 30th legislature of Alberta has just begun, kicking off this week with the speech from the throne.

Join host Emma Graney with guests Janet French, Keith Gerein and Dave Breakenridge to take a look at what was in that speech, what we can expect and what that means for Alberta.

The team also visits new standing orders that will change some of the rules that govern the house. Desk-thumping? Yeah, you won't hear that anymore if the UCP gets its way.

Good stuff from the gallery

Dave's pick: This excellent and completely bananas podcast called The Shrink Next Door. But before you get to that, give this piece about Middle Eastern representation in Hollywood on The Ringer a read, and listen to Vampire Weekend's new album Father of the Bride.

Keith's pick: This profile on Ed Whittingham, the former Alberta Energy Regulator director Jason Kenney promised to fire.

Emma's pick: This super interesting read from Mosaic about how Iceland solved its teen substance abuse problem.

Janet's pick: Channeling the spirit of regular Press Gallery guest Clare Clancy and her own education reporter role, Janet recommends this NPR podcast about the overlooked factors that lead to success in education.

May 24 2019
39 mins
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Rank #9: How the Alberta election was won and lost: Chapter 1

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Jason Kenney was elected premier of Alberta on April 16 after a bitterly fought campaign. But the journey started nearly three years ago.

This special series from the Press Gallery, the Edmonton Journal's long-running politics podcast, will give listeners a deep dive into Alberta's 2019 election.

Host Emma Graney and others from the Edmonton Journal politics team will delve into how Kenney was able to cobble together an agreement that unified the Progressive Conservative and the Wildrose parties, before eventually leading the United Conservatives to a landslide victory.

We will explore some of the major themes and controversies of the election, including the RCMP investigation into the UCP leadership race that saw Kenney win, the central place GSAs and LGBTQ issues played in the campaign and the importance of renewing Alberta's oil dependent economy in the minds of voters.

We will also discuss what, if anything, the NDP could have done differently to stave off the UCP machine.

Chapter 1 focuses on Kenney's arrival in Alberta and his ultimately successful pitch to lead the Progressive Conservative party in August 2016.

May 22 2019
17 mins
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Rank #10: The Jason Kenney appoints a Blue Ribbon Panel edition

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has appointed a panel to find ways to balance the budget, but without raising taxes.

Join guest host Sarah O'Donnell, Keith Gerein, Clare Clancy and Dave Breakenridge as they discuss this, the UCP's plan to encourage free speech on universities, and Derek Fildebrandt's colourful goodbye.

May 10 2019
30 mins
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Rank #11: The It's A Neeeew Alberta Cabinet! edition

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Alberta has a new cabinet, sworn in at Government House in Edmonton this week. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Don Braid, Clare Clancy and Dave Breakenridge to talk about who was appointed and why.

The team also delves into Premier Jason Kenney's problems with federal bills C-69 and C-48, and the implications of Alberta's proclamation of Bill 12, known as turn of the taps legislation.

May 03 2019
34 mins
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Rank #12: The Alberta Election Week 2 edition

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With the Alberta election now in its second week, the Press Gallery team take a look at the big platform promises, the tone and some of the controversies that have marked the campaign thus far. Join host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Sarah O'Donnell and Keith Gerein to talk about all that and more as Alberta prepares to head to the polls on April 16.

Mar 30 2019
40 mins
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Rank #13: The why don't they just call an election already edition

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This week the crew talks about Bill C-69, complaints about oil curtailments from Suncor, and, of course, Alberta's Phoney War election period.

Sarah O'Donnell is joined in studio by Dave Breakenridge and Clare Clancy and by Chris Varcoe in Calgary.

Good stuff from the Gallery

Breakenridge’s pick: Here’s what the numbers say about ‘screwed’ millennials – Ottawa Citizen

Varcoe’s pick: City MP Ron Liepert shares pain to seek a strategy on suicide

O’Donnell’s pick: Bresline and Hamill: Deadline artists

Clancy's pick: The Dropout podcast 

Feb 09 2019
30 mins
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Rank #14: Interview: Tourism minister Ricardo Miranda on failed Calgary Olymipc bid

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Legislative reporter Clare Clancy sat down with Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda to talk about his experience as Alberta's first openly gay cabinet minister, and issues he's dealt with in the past year such as Calgary's Olympic bid.

They also chatted about the upcoming election after two NDP MLAs in Calgary said they wouldn't be running.

Feb 06 2019
19 mins
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Rank #15: Interview: Paula Simons on what happened with Bill c-69

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Regular Press Gallery listeners will recognize this week's interviewee, who sits down to talk with host Emma Graney about being one of Canada's newest senators and what exactly happened with the vote on Bill c-69. Independent Alberta Senator Paula Simons joins us for the first Press Gallery Interview of 2019 to talk about life in the centre block and why Twitter caused her to miss out on sandwiches.
Jan 09 2019
28 mins
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Rank #16: Interview: Richard Starke warns of hyper-partisanship in Alberta

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Keith Gerein talks with the MLA from Vermilion-Lloydminster — Richard Starke. Starke has seen the legislature from virtually all sides. He was both a backbencher and cabinet minister in the former Progressive Conservative government, was part of an opposition caucus, and now sits as an independent MLA after deciding not to join the United Conservative Party. From those vantage points, Starke has seen a rise in hyper-partisanship in recent years, an issue highlighted this session by former NDP MLA Robyn Luff's allegations that the party leadership controls all of her public votes, speeches and questions. Starke talks about his own experiences with hyper-partisanship, including an episode when he wanted to vote for an opposition amendment and how he was coached to answer in question period. The trend has negative implications for democracy in Alberta, says Starke.
Nov 14 2018
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Rank #17: Interview: Marlin Schmidt talks university tuition

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Alberta's Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt stopped by to chat with the Edmonton Journal's legislature columnist Keith Gerein. The two talk about an eagerly anticipated review of Alberta's tuition rates, and the minister's relationship with the University of Alberta following some critical comments earlier this year. Schmidt also offers his take on the priorities of the NDP convention this weekend, and how the party hopes to overcome unfavourable odds to win next year's provincial election.
Oct 25 2018
15 mins
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Rank #18: The Press Gallery #143: The Power Play edition

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The biggest political story in Alberta this week was the NDP government's move to launch legal action in an effort to stamp out a loophole in the province's power regulations that could cost Albertans as much as $2 billion if the carbon tax proceeds as planned. The Press Gallery, Edmonton Journal's politics podcast, begins this week's Power Play edition by tackling the many questions raised by the court challenge against Alberta's own power rules. The NDP said Monday those regulations include a provision that was "unlawfully enacted" when Progressive Conservatives drew up the regulations in 2000. Journal opinion editor Sarah O'Donnell talks with city columnist Paula Simons, deputy editor Kathy Kerr and provincial affairs reporter Emma Graney about the legal strategy and what's a stake. The podcast also looks at the oil spill Alberta's neighbour, Saskatchewan, is dealing with the North Saskatchewan River and what impact this disaster could have on pipeline politics. And, since there should always be time for beer before a long weekend, they get an update on the new brewers' credit introduced by the province to offset the new beer tax. Good Stuff from the Gallery links Paula's pick: Khizr Khan's parents speak at the Democratic Convention https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG0K_9RDeFE&feature=em-share_video_user Sarah's pick: Blame game heats up as province heads to court over unprofitable power contracts by Chris Varcoe http://calgaryherald.com/business/energy/varcoe-blame-game-heats-up-as-province-heads-to-court-over-unprofitable-power-contracts If NDP was in the dark about PPAs why didn't someone turn on the lights? by Chris Varcoe http://calgaryherald.com/business/local-business/varcoe-if-ndp-was-in-the-dark-about-ppas-why-didnt-someone-turn-on-the-lights NDP government urged to cut losses in PPA battle by James Wood and Chris Varcoe http://calgaryherald.com/news/politics/ndp-government-urged-to-cut-losses-in-ppa-battle Emma's pick: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling http://www.jkrowling.com/en_GB/#/works/the-books
Jul 30 2016
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Rank #19: The Press Gallery #30: The Palace Coup edition

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Unable to quell the infighting within caucus and quiet swelling complaints about her leadership, Premier Alison Redford resigned Wednesday after two and a half years in the post. Progressive Conservative MLAs tapped veteran cabinet minister Dave Hancock to take over as interim premier on Sunday as the party sorts out when to hold the leadership contest. Legislature columnist Graham Thomson, city columnist Paula Simons and provincial affairs reporter Mariam Ibrahim join podcast host Sarah O’Donnell to talk about this difficult and dramatic week in Alberta politics. Why did Redford finally decide to resign? Will this reunite the fractured PC caucus? And who on earth will want the job of Alberta premier next? The panel manages to squeeze in its regular Good Stuff from the Gallery suggestions at the end of the show. GOOD STUFF FROM THE GALLERY Listener pick from Stanford Blade: Reporting in the post-Snowden era by Laura Kirchner (summary of panel discussion) http://www.cjr.org/behind_the_news/snowden_abramson_bell_columbia.php?page=al Video of Columbia Journalism School’s panel discussion on Journalism After Snowden http://new.livestream.com/cujs/journalism-after-snowden Mariam’s pick: Any daily paper of your choosing to watch what is happening at the Legislature. Might we suggest The Edmonton Journal. http://www.edmontonjournal.com Sarah’s pick: The Debaters with Steve Patterson: Senate reform segment http://www.cbc.ca/thedebaters/episode/2014/03/08/senate-old-age/ Paula’s pick: Good news from the Ukraine: Everyone still hates Hitler by Matt Ford http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/03/good-news-from-ukraine-everyone-still-hates-hitler/284489/
Mar 21 2014
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Rank #20: The Press Gallery #29: The Ides of March edition

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Faced with an angry Progressive Conservative caucus, Premier Alison Redford finally repaid nearly $45,000 for her controversial trip to South Africa trip. But neither the cheque nor a major funding announcement for Edmonton’s LRT expansion were enough to stop the drama at the Alberta legislature. This week on the Journal’s politics podcast, provincial affairs columnist Graham Thomson, city columnist Paula Simons and politics reporter Mariam Ibrahim talk with host Sarah O’Donnell about the premier’s decision to repay the expenses associated with her trip to Nelson Mandela’s funeral, Calgary MLA Len Webber’s resignation from the PC caucus and whether there will be any more MLAs from the government side who follow his lead. The panel also considers the premier’s political future in the weeks and months ahead. Good Stuff from the Gallery links Listener pick from Tej Swatch: This American Life: Except for That One Thing, Act 2: Hungry, Hungry People http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/518/except-for-that-one-thing?act=2 American Hippopotamus by Jon Mooallem https://periodic.atavist.com/view/theatavist/story/199 Paula’s pick: 11 Ways to Avoid Sounding like a Sexist Jerk – Even if You’re a Woman by Jessica Bennett http://time.com/22004/how-to-not-sound-like-a-sexist-jerk-even-if-youre-a-woman/ Mariam’s pick: Is it Time to Bench the Eskimos Name? by Chris O’Leary http://www.edmontonjournal.com/time+bench+Eskimos+name/9594146/story.html Graham’s pick: The Patrol: Seven Days in the Life of a Canadian soldier by Ryan Flavelle http://www.harpercollins.ca/books/The-Patrol-Ryan-Flavelle/?isbn=9781443407175 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12952816-the-patrol
Mar 14 2014
27 mins
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