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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


Oct 11, 2019

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 Jason Nixon pledging to introduce between 14 and 17 bills during the next nine weeks.

Join reporter Moira Wyton, managing editor Dave Breakenridge, National Post reporter Tyler Dawson and host Janet French as they break down some political highlights from the week, including an unexpected piece of legislation to fire the board of Alberta’s real estate regulator. 

We’ll also dive into the federal election's televised leadership debates — in English and French — to suss out if any of the contenders spared a thought Alberta’s way. 

Finally, the UCP government now has a name for its promised war room, which is meant to combat what they say are unfair characterizations of Alberta’s oil and gas industry. We’ll talk about how the Canadian Energy Centre has been set up, who’s at the helm and what the government says it will do.

Good Stuff from the Gallery.

-Moira brings the ear candy with Pitchfork’s list of the 200 best songs of the 2010s 

-Dave: The new season of Broken Record is out. 

-If climate change is a major issue for you as you mull your federal election vote, Janet recommends this Maclean’s piece by energy economist Andrew Leach and climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, who rated the major parties’ climate plans for ambition and feasibility.

-If you're a fan of fantasy, you'll want to check out the latest in the Philip Pullman His Dark Materials canon. The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and the Amber Spyglass came out ages ago. Last year, a new novel came out. Last week, The Secret Commonwealth came out. It's set after The Amber Spyglass.