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The 2019 year-end quiz show edition
Which candidate did the United Conservative Party parachute into the riding for the spring provincial election? What government bills prompted the NDP to mount , and how many hours did the longest marathon debate take? Who bragged about during the...
30 min
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The Rising House Temperature edition
Thank goodness that’s over. Hansard scribes, security guards, clerks, press gallery members and, likely, many others are in for some relief after an intense fall sitting of the 30th legislature ended at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Join reporter Lisa...
38 min
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The Nice, Cool Freeze edition
Cupcake, anyone? We're celebrating an unbelievable 300th episode of the Press Gallery today, which adds up to at least 6,000 hours of Alberta politics analysis since this podcast began in 2013. Profuse thanks to all the listeners who have stuck with...
44 min
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The 'Do we still have an election commissioner?...
It had a benign-sounding name: the Reform of Agencies, Boards and Commissions and Government Enterprises Act. But Bill 22 caused a this week, including allegations of and orations about threats to democracy. Among the reforms in this omnibus bill of...
45 min
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The Planes, Trains and Automobiles edition
It may have been constituency week at the legislature, but things didn’t slow down for a moment in politics. Join legislature columnist Keith Gerein, National Post Alberta correspondent Tyler Dawson, managing editor Dave Breakenridge and host Janet...
33 min
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The premiers' pancake and plane party edition
It was another breakneck week in Alberta provincial politics, and Premier Jason Kenney hit some turbulence on Thursday when the Albertans had paid more than $16,000 to fly him, three other "like-minded premiers," and some of their wives and staff on...
42 min
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The Routing Alberta Labour edition
It's been a for Alberta's public sector unions. The United Conservative Party government wants to make changes to their , amend the law to , and of the public service by 2023. Then on Tuesday, Finance Minister Travis said public sector employers...
42 min
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The Alberta budget ... finally edition
There was practically no news in Alberta this week: A little federal election here, a long-awaited provincial budget there. Join legislature columnist Keith Gerein, reporter Moira Wyton, managing editor Dave Breakenridge and host Janet French as they...
37 min
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The Greta Thunberg in Alberta edition
A packed week in Alberta politics culminated with a huge climate protest at the Alberta legislature as international figure and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg came to speak about the science of climate change. Join reporters Anna Junker and...
37 min
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The flurried fall feast edition
The Alberta legislature grounds had a back-to-school feel this week as MLAs returned to the capital for the fall sitting of the government’s first session. As colourful leaves fluttered down, so did a few new pieces of legislation, with House Leader...
35 min
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Budget Signs And Supreme Strangeness edition
With Alberta's budget now confirmed for Oct. 24, the government this week floated a couple of snippets at the AUMA convention about what we might see in the UCP's first set of complete fiscal plans. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney and guests Moira...
36 min
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The Jason Kenney goes to New York edition
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney recently visited New York hoping to sell Alberta to investors. Join Dave Breakenridge, Janet French and Keith Gerein as they talk about Kenney's American travels. The team also talks about rural policing, and news that a...
33 min
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The Kenney vs. Amnesty edition
This week, Alberta premier Jason Kenney got into a war of words with Amnesty International. Kenney's colourful letter made full use of his thesaurus. Our regular host Emma Graney is away this week. Join Dave Breakenridge, Janet French, Clare Clancy in...
30 min
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The MacKinnon Panel Panel edition
The big news out of Alberta politics this week was, of course, the MacKinnon panel report, which is slated to guide the UCP's spending over the party's four-year mandate as government. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Dave...
37 min
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The Quarterly Report That Wasn't edition
Two flimsy, stapled pages formed the entirety of the province's first-quarter fiscal update this week, leading Alberta politics watchers to wonder — where's the rest? Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Keith Gerein and Clare Clancy to...
35 min
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The ABCs, As Easy As Reappointing edition
Alberta's agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs for short) have undergone an overhaul by the UCP government, with 61 new appointments all at once. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney (who apologizes for her singing) and guests Clare Clancy and Keith...
37 min
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The Panels, Panels, Panels edition
Minimum wage gets a panel! Alberta's finances get a panel! You ALLLLLL get a panel! Such was the case in Alberta politics this week. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy and Dave Breakenridge to talk about panels galore, and...
26 min
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The Paycuts And Promises edition
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...
40 min
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The Injunction Junction edition
It might be summer, but that doesn't mean Alberta politics is taking time off. Instead, it headed to court this week where Justice Eric Macklin granted an injunction against Bill 9, the UCP government's controversial labour law. Join host Emma Graney...
35 min
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The Flipping The Switch edition
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...
35 min
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The Investigations And Infections edition
Investigations into the 2017 UCP leadership race continued to make headlines in Alberta politics this week, with the elections commissioner slapping one-time candidate Jeff Callaway with $70,000 in fines for his campaign. The Journal also revealed two...
34 min
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The Stampede, Saskatoon And Session's Settled e...
Yahoo, another set of politicians played dress up at Calgary Stampede this week ahead of the premiers meeting in Saskatoon. Join host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Keith Gerein and Dave Breakenridge to discuss everything pancake-related, and...
33 min
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The Haters Gonna H8 edition
Hating on oil? Premier Jason Kenney will not be putting up with that, thank you very much, announcing this week his government will conduct an inquiry into alleged foreign-funded attacks on Alberta's energy industry. Join Press Gallery host Emma...
35 min
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The Senator! Senator! edition
Premier Jason Kenney wants Albertans to elect their senators again, no matter what the federal government thinks. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Keioth Gerein and Dave Breakridge to chat about what that means and why...
33 min
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How the Alberta election was won and lost: Chap...
In the fourth and final chapter of our special series on the Alberta election, Emma explains how Jason Kenney was able to win so convincingly.
20 min
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The Pipelines and Earplugs edition
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...
36 min
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The Budgets and Backbench Bills edition
Money, money, money was on the mind of the Alberta legislature this week as the United Conservative government introduced its interim supply bill. Join host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Keith Gerein and Dave Breakenridge to talk numbers and...
35 min
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The All-Night Filibuster Fun edition
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...
37 min
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How the Alberta election was won and lost: Chap...
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...
17 min
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The Fighting Fires edition
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...
37 min
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How the Alberta election was won and lost: Chap...
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...
24 min
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The Game Of Throne Speeches edition
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...
39 min
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How the Alberta election was won and lost: Chap...
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...
17 min
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The Booze And Business Tax Cuts edition
As Alberta heads into the May long weekend, the UCP lifted restrictions around booze consumption in provincial parks. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Elise Stolte, Clare Clancy and Dave Breakenridge to talk about those changes, the...
33 min
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The Jason Kenney appoints a Blue Ribbon Panel e...
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...
31 min
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The It's A Neeeew Alberta Cabinet! edition
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...
34 min
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The Consequences Of Killing The Carbon Tax edition
As the United Conservative Party prepares to govern from next week, head-scratching over the implications of its first promise — to scrap the carbon tax — has already begun. Join host Emma Graney with guests Paige Parsons, Clare Clancy and Dave...
32 min
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Introducing Down to Business
Coming April 24: There hasn’t yet been a podcast dedicated to a wide range of Canadian business stories. We want to change that.  Down to Business is a new podcast devoted to what you need to know about Canadian business this week in under 30...
1 min
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The Thank God It's Over election edition
Election 2019 is finally done. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney and her equally tired guests Sarah O'Donnell, Clare Clancy and Keith Gerein to discuss what the UCP victory means for Alberta and relationships outside our provincial borders, delve...
31 min
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The Alberta election results edition
Jason Kenney has led the UCP to a majority government, defeating Rachel Notley's NDP. The Press Gallery team analyzes results from the night and discusses what's next for Alberta's new government. Dave Breakenridge, Clare Clancy and Keith Gerein are...
20 min
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The Alberta Election — Is This Thing Over Yet? ...
As the election drags into its final days and Albertans prepare to head to the polls on Tuesday, the Press Gallery team takes a look back at the campaign so far. Join host Emma Graney and guests Elise Stolte, Keith Gerein and Dave Breakenridge to talk...
38 min
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Jason Kenney hopes to push past scandal-plagued...
The Alberta election heads into the homestretch. Jason Kenney is still ahead in the polls despite a campaign filled with constant scandal. Emma Graney joined the UCP leader for a few days through southern Alberta. From Calgary she talks to Dave...
19 min
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The Alberta Election Week 3 edition
Leaders debate! More candidate controversies! (This time about bigoted remarks and conversion therapy.) Kamakazie updates! The Independence Party! Election Week 3 has had it all, and the Press Gallery team is here to talk you through it. Join host...
36 min
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Interview: NDP, UCP platforms explained
Both the NDP and UCP have released their full platforms as we reach the halfway mark of the campaign. Dave Breakenridge and Keith Gerein explain the details behind both platforms.
21 min
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The Alberta Election Week 2 edition
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...
40 min
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Interview: Jason Kenney's education platform ex...
A United Conservative Party government would proclaim a seven-year-old piece of education legislation, turfing some legal protections for Alberta LGBTQ students and school staff introduced by the NDP government, Jason Kenney announced Monday. Join...
22 min
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The Election Campaign Kickoff edition
A little thing happened in Alberta politics this week. It was called the writ drop — and that means voters head to the polls April 16. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with a table of over-excited political guests to talk about the first few days...
35 min
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Interview: Scandals, taxes to dominate Alberta ...
Albertans will head to the polls April 16 after Rachel Notley called an election Tuesday. This week regular Press Gallery panelist Dave Breakenridge is sitting in the interviewer's chair.  He is joined by legislative reporter Clare Clancy who...
20 min
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The Ghosts of UCP leadership past haunt Kenney ...
The RCMP is investigating allegations a leadership candidate for the UCP party was illegally funded, according to a report Friday.  It’s been alleged by one-time UCP insiders that party operative Jeff Callaway ran as a so-called kamikaze...
31 min
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Interview: Oneil Carlier talks farm safety and ...
With farms across the country marking Canadian Agricultural Safety Week this week, the Press Gallery Interview has a chat with Alberta's Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier. Join host Emma Graney as Carlier talks farm safety, the canola...
18 min
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The Carbon Tax And Creeps edition
Press Gallery host Emma Graney and the Edmonton Journal's Janet French took a deep dive into the provincial carbon tax this week, looking at exactly where all the cash has been spent. Join them and guests Keith Gerein, Clare Clancy and Dave...
38 min
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The Money Worries and Party Woes edition
Alberta's third-quarter fiscal update this week wasn't as horrible as we imagined, but that didn't exactly make it good news. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Keith Gerein and Sarah O'Donnell as they dive into those...
38 min
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Interview: Vitor Marciano predicts a UCP blowout
Former Wildrose press secretary Vitor Marciano joins Emma Graney. Marciano gives his take on where the future of Alberta politics is headed, and explains why he doesn't see eye to eye with Jason Kenney.
21 min
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The Killing The Cash Cow Humanely edition
The cash cow being talked about in Alberta politics this week was nothing to do with oil — it was photo radar, and a long-awaited report into the practice that was finally released by government. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney (who was far too...
37 min
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Interview: UCP deputy leader Leela Aheer on ele...
United Conservative Party deputy leader Leela Aheer talks election strategy and her views, her pro choice views and recruiting more women into politics.
19 min
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The You Can't Handle The Truth (aboutjasonkenne...
The spring election hasn't even been called yet, but that didn't stop the NDP unveiling a new website attacking UCP leader Jason Kenney and Kenney unveiling a raft of policy platforms. Take a deep breath, Alberta politics fans, and join Press Gallery...
39 min
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Interview: David Eggen defends curriculum review
Alberta education minister David Eggen joins education reporter Janet French. Eggen explains why he thinks the government's curriculum is necessary. Plus Janet's consults a magic eight ball (app) to look into Eggen's future.
17 min
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The why don't they just call an election alread...
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....
30 min
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Interview: Tourism minister Ricardo Miranda on ...
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...
19 min
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The capping it off edition
This week's panel discusses the orphan wells supreme court decision and where Alberta needs to go next, the NDP decision to ease back curtailment, and an errant tweet sent by UCP candidate Michaela Glasgo on the size of her church's carbon tax...
28 min
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Interview: Brian Mason reflects on capping care...
NDP Transportation Minister Brian Mason joins Emma Graney on this this week's interview. The long time MLA and for party leader is retiring this spring, and he reflects on years fighting in opposition trenches before capping his career in government.
19 min
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The where Jason Kenney hangs his hat edition
This week Sarah O'Donnell fills in as host and is helped along the way with Keith Gerein, Clare Clancy and Dave Breakenridge. The Gallery tackles the controversy swirling around where UCP leader Jason Kenney lived while a federal MP. The team also...
28 min
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Interview: Matt Jeneroux talks pipelines, Alber...
Matt Jeneroux, the Conservative MP for Edmonton Riverbend, stops by the studio this week for a wide ranging interview to talk about a busy year ahead in the world of federal and provincial politics. What does Jeneroux think of the idea of Alberta...
21 min
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The Calendars and Chicanery edition
This week in Alberta politics saw the release of the 2019 legislature session calendar (there will be a throne speech, mark it down for March 18) and more shenanigans added to the ever-growing list of political intrigue in the lead-up to the...
38 min
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Interview: Don Iveson on why the carbon tax works
Edmonton's mayor sat down with city columnist Elise Stolte for this week's The Press Gallery interview, pondering the risks for Edmonton in this upcoming provincial election, explaining the math behind the new provincial city funding deal, and taking...
24 min
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The Locking Horns Over Bighorn Country edition
The Bighorn Country proposal rocketed into Alberta Politics news this week, starting with Environment Minister Shannon Phillips cancelled public consultations citing security concerns and ending with demands for her resignation. Join Press Gallery...
34 min
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Interview: Paula Simons on what happened with B...
Regular Press Gallery listeners will recognize th…
28 min
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256: The Alberta Politics Complaints edition
In the first episode of 2019, the Press Gallery p…
33 min
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Interview: Amarjeet Sohi on pipelines, oil pric...
The Press Gallery’s final episode of 2018 feature…
21 min
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#255: The 2018 Year-End Alberta Politics Quiz e...
As is the tradition for the final Press Gallery p…
25 min
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#254: The Oil, Oil, Oil And Trouble edition
The fall legislative session is over, but the oil…
36 min
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Interview: David Khan talks drugs, decriminaliz...
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan joins host Keit…
19 min
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#253: The Oil's Very Slippery Slope edition
Between the oil differential and Premier Rachel N…
30 min
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Interview: Robyn Luff laments state of Alberta...
Former backbench NDP MLA Robyn Luff has sparked a…
22 min
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#252: The Rural Crime And Punishment edition
Rural crime reports are the hottest new thing in …
36 min
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Interview: Sarah Hoffman on being the NDP's att...
Deputy premier Sarah Hoffman has been an avid lis…
24 min
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#251: The Somewhere Over The Rainbow With John ...
Gay-straight alliances in schools, UCP member Joh…
28 min
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Interview: Richard Starke warns of hyper-partis...
Keith Gerein talks with the MLA from Vermilion-Ll…
21 min
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#250: The Robyn Luff Kerfuffle *ahem Ker-Luff-l...
Alberta politics this week wasn't dominated by le…
35 min
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Interview: Jason Nixon on UCP's handling of ext...
UCP house leader Jason Nixon, the MLA for Rimbey-…
17 min
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#249: The What The Heck Is Going On With The Ca...
The biggest story out of Alberta this week was Ca…
36 min
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Interview: Derek Fildebrandt's quest for the ba...
Derek Fildebrandt's spectacular fall from grace l…
23 min
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#248: The Lubicon Lake's A-leaping edition
This week in Alberta politics saw an historic agr…
35 min
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Interview: Marlin Schmidt talks university tuition
Alberta's Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schm…
15 min
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#247: The 'Old News' Is Still News edition
Media coverage of a speech by UCP leader Jason Ke…
42 min
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Interview: Stephen Mandel and the Alberta Party...
In addition to our regular panel discussion on Fr…
17 min
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#246: The Soldiering On edition
All kinds of soldiering happened in Alberta polit…
38 min
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#245: The Paula Simons Says See-ya (feat. TMX &...
#245: The Paula Simons Says See-ya (feat. TMX & H…
41 min
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#244: The Controlling The Message edition
Between a press secretary shuffle and Premier Rac…
37 min
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#243: The Big India Adventure edition
A trip to India by three UCP MLAs, including lead…
35 min
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#242: The Cancelling Conversion Therapy episode
The Press Gallery podcast is back after a month h…
33 min
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The So Long, Farewell edition, episode 241
As the sun sets on another Alberta summer, the Pr…
30 min
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#240: The Shovels In The Ground edition
You thought the Press Gallery team had finished t…
31 min
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#239: The You'll Never Take Our Freedom (Party)...
You can take his United Conservative caucus seat,…
38 min
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#238: The Byelections, Buses And Beer edition
Alberta was lucky enough to have two byelections …
34 min
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#237: The Hail to the Bus Driver edition
After a long career in both municipal and provinc…
26 min
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#236: The Stronger, Safer Tomorrow edition
Summer may have started but there was no relaxati…
35 min
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#235: The (Cabinet) Shuffle To The Top Of The C...
A tiny cabinet shuffle and a deep dive into class…
39 min
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#234: The Beer And Byelections edition
A trade panel ruling about beer, a possible beer …
32 min
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#233: The School's Out For Summer edition
The spring session of the Alberta legislature wra…
37 min