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Join Sarah O'Donnell, Graham Thomson, Paula Simons and their colleagues in The Press Gallery, Edmonton Journal's politics podcast.

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#234: The Beer And Byelections edition

6/15/2018
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A trade panel ruling about beer, a possible beer battle brewing, and changes to liquor laws thanks to the FIFA World Cup — this week in Alberta politics it was all about beer. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Paula Simons and Graham Thomson to talk about the implications of all that happened on the booze file. The team also takes a look at who's running in the byelections called this week for Fort McMurray-Conklin and Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, and the ever-growing...

Duration:00:32:07

#233: The School's Out For Summer edition

6/8/2018
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The spring session of the Alberta legislature wrapped Thursday, so the Press Gallery team couldn't resist taking a look back at the bills, the highlights, the lowlights and what it all means for provincial politics. Join host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Paula Simons and Graham Thomson to reflect on 2018 spring session memories. The team also talks about Pride Week, related political developments and a touching speech by Alberta Party MLA Rick Fraser. Good Stuff from the Gallery...

Duration:00:37:14

#232: The Kinder Surprise edition

6/1/2018
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With the federal government buying up the Kinder Morgan pipeline this week, we just couldn't help but use a Kinder Surprise pun in this week's episode. We're only human. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Keith Gerein, Paula Simons and Graham Thomson to discuss that giant development on the pipeline file this week. The team also takes a look at the deal the province signed with doctors this week and the long-awaited apology offered by Premier Rachel Notley to Sixties Scoop...

Duration:00:37:53

#231: The Pipeline Party Poopers edition

5/25/2018
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Alberta was the party pooper at the Western Premiers' Conference in Yellowknife this week, and it's all thanks to pipelines. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Dave Breakenridge and Paula Simons to talk about why Premier Rachel Notley dissed the conference and sent her deputy instead, and why Alberta refused to sign onto the meeting's communique to Ottawa. The team also takes a look at why British Columbia is suing Alberta, and a recent NDP government hire that has the...

Duration:00:33:21

#230: The Pipeline With The Political Depth Of A Fingerbowl edition

5/18/2018
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Jason Kenney said he wanted to "raise the bar" of political decorum, but apparently that means insulting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — if the opposition leader's comments this week are anything to go by. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Dave Breakenridge, Paula Simons and Graham Thomson to talk about those remarks and this week's head-scratching Alberta visit by the PM. And of course, it wouldn't be Alberta politics if there wasn't something that happened around the Trans...

Duration:00:32:34

#229: The Conventionally Unconventional UCP Convention edition

5/11/2018
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The founding United Conservative Party convention drew thousands of partisans to Red Deer last weekend and dominated talk in the Alberta legislature for the rest of the week. Join Press Gallery host and provincial affairs reporter Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Paula Simons and Sarah O'Donnell to chat about the resolutions, the vibe and what it all means politically. The team also talks us through the most recent changes being proposed to Alberta's election finance laws. Good Stuff...

Duration:00:35:12

#228: The Walking Awaaaaaaaay (From Bill Niiiiine) episode

5/4/2018
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Join the Press Gallery podcast team to talk about an unusual event in Alberta politics this week, when United Conservative Party MLAs walked out of two votes on a bill that will create protest-free bubble zones around abortion clinics. It wasn't exactly unexpected, but it was quite the sight. Host Emma Graney takes a look at the political implications of that walk out (and sings Jason Aldean's Walking Away very badly) along with podcast guests Clare Clancy, Dave Breakenridge and Graham...

Duration:00:30:55

#227: The David Suzuki's Naughty By Nature Of Things edition

4/27/2018
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The University of Alberta's decision to award scientist David Suzuki an honorary doctorate caused quite the kerfuffle this week in Alberta politics. For once, Premier Rachel Notley and UCP Leader Jason Kenney were on the same page — neither of them support the appointment. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Paula Simons, Dave Breakenridge and Keith Gerein to talk about the honorary degree debate and the political undertones of the whole brouhaha. The team also takes on the...

Duration:00:31:28

#226: The Pipelines, Pipelines, Pipelines edition

4/20/2018
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Another week in Alberta politics, and yet more developments in the Trans Mountain pipeline skirmish with British Columbia. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Paula Simons and Graham Thomson to talk about the new oil control legislation introduced in the house Monday, a meeting with the Prime Minister, and the latest comments from Kinder Morgan. OH! And a poll. About pipelines. Because it's all pipelines, all the time. The team also has a chat about a handful of...

Duration:00:36:16

The turn off the taps to B.C. edition, #225

4/13/2018
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This week we discuss the ongoing Trans Mountain pipeline saga, and how Jason Kenney and the rest the United Conservative Party won't be voting on on Bill 9 which would create buffer zones around abortion clinics. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Graham Thomson and Paula Simons as they discuss the future of the federation, as Alberta and British Columbia continue fight over bringing bitumen to tidewater. Good stuff from the Gallery Paula's pick: CBC Ideas...

Duration:00:30:16

#224: The Bills, Bills, Bills edition

4/6/2018
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This week was all about bills in Alberta politics, from a bill outlawing demonstrations outside abortion clinics to the real cash money bills partisans threw at their parties in 2017. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Graham Thomson and Paula Simons to talk legislative bills and dollar bills, as well as a quick update on Premier Rachel Notley's latest travel plans. Good stuff from the Gallery Clare's pick: Clancy has yet another outstanding podcast to recommend...

Duration:00:32:28

#223: The Panels, Plans And A Provincial Tour edition

3/29/2018
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The legislature is on a constituency break this week, but that hasn't stopped the political news out of Alberta. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Paula Simons and Graham Thomson to talk about the latest recommendations from Alberta's child intervention panel, which were quietly slipped online by government this week. The team also takes a look at United Conservative Party plans to target Edmonton in the 2019 election and Premier Rachel Notley's tour around...

Duration:00:30:41

#222: The Losing Our Balance edition

3/23/2018
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If you paid attention to Alberta politics at all this week, you'll be well aware about the biggest development — Budget 2018. Join Press Gallery podcast host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Paula Simons and Keith Gerein to talk numbers and debts and deficits and a disappointing lack of surprises. The team also takes a look at the caribou range plan put on hold this week, and some, uh, interesting comments made by Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt. Good stuff from the Gallery...

Duration:00:35:19

Press Gallery 221: The School's Back edition

3/16/2018
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It was an unusually harmonious first week of session in the Alberta Legislature as parties of all stripes came together to pass a unanimous motion in support of the Trans Mountain pipeline. But it wasn't all kumbaya moments with topics like the carbon tax and climate change front and centre. Join The Press Gallery as Sarah O'Donnell, Clare Clancy, Paula Simons and Graham Thomson dig into the first rounds of Premier Rachel Notley and UCP leader Jason Kenney squaring off in question period....

Duration:00:34:10

#220: The Game of Thrones edition

3/9/2018
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Alberta legislature throne speeches aren't exactly known for being packed with news, but that certainly wasn't the case with the one that kicked off spring session Thursday. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Paula Simons and Graham Thomson to delve into the throne speech, and the promise from the government that it will invoke Lougheed-era oil throttling if British Columbia keeps blocking the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The team also takes a look at the...

Duration:00:28:37

#219: The Blast From The Past edition

3/2/2018
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It was a bit like ye olde times in Alberta politics this week. First off, there was a third-quarter fiscal update more reminiscent of pre-recession Alberta than anything we've seen in years. Then former Edmonton mayor and former Progressive Conservative health minister Stephen Mandel won leadership of the Alberta Party. Finally, United Conservative Party MLA Grant Hunter had his own blast from the past when he talked about the 2004 Asia tsunami — and related it to the NDP win, to the ire...

Duration:00:35:55

#217: The It's Payback Time edition

2/16/2018
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That's right, British Columbia — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has had enough of your nonsense about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. It's payback time. Join host Emma Graney with guests Paula Simons, Janet French and Dave Breakridge to talk about Notley's plans and the work ahead of Alberta's market access task force, which met for the first time this week. The team also takes a look at changes to school board superintendent salaries, and money Alberta Party leadership hopeful...

Duration:00:36:34

#216: The 1-2-3-4, I Declare A Trade War edition

2/9/2018
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With the pipeline spat between Alberta and British Columbia ramping up to a wine boycott this week, join the Press Gallery podcast team to talk about what that means for Canada's two western provinces. Host Emma Graney and guests Clare Clancy, Paula Simons and Graham Thomson also weigh in on MLA Derek Fildebrandt's definite non-return to the United Conservative caucus, and the resignation of Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA Don MacIntyre. Good Stuff from the Gallery Clare's pick: This multimedia...

Duration:00:33:45

#215: The Put That In Your Pipeline And Smoke It edition

2/2/2018
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Much as this week's politics news centred around pipelines, so too does this week's episode of The Press Gallery podcast. Join host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Janet French and Graham Thomson to talk British Columbia, pipelines, Rachel Notley's response and a visit to Edmonton by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Good Stuff from the Gallery Clare's pick: This piece on Splinter called How Not To Die In America, about the state of health care. Janet's pick: This column about racism by...

Duration:00:32:02

#214: The Australia Day edition

1/26/2018
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The title of this week's Press Gallery has nothing to do with the content, but it falls on Jan. 26, Australia's national holiday, and host Emma Graney couldn't resist a very small nod to her other home. Politically, the team takes on Kent Hehr's resignation after an Edmonton women made allegations of sexual harassment during his time in the Alberta legislature, the most recent recommendations from the ministerial panel on child welfare, and the controversy around a pro-life group promoting...

Duration:00:34:57