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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


May 23, 2014

This week’s Press Gallery is a quick study on the latest twists and turns in the Progressive Conservative leadership race and the controversies facing Alberta’s education system. Podcast host Sarah O’Donnell talks with provincial affairs columnist Graham Thomson and columnist Paula Simons about Jim Prentice’s official campaign kick-off in Edmonton, and Thomas Lukaszuk’s entry into the race one day later. Then, the trio discuss Alberta education system, which has come under the microscope so much you’d think it was the subject of a high school biology experiment. The Alberta Teachers’ Association says it has no confidence in Education minister Jeff Johnson and would like to see him out of the job; Premier Dave Hancock says that’s not about to happen. Listen to what the Press Gallery’s panel has to say about that issue, along with the weekly installment of Good Stuff from the Gallery. Good Stuff from the Gallery Graham’s pick: United Nations Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples by James Anaya http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/IPeoples/SR/A.HRC.27.52.Add.2-MissionCanada_AUV.pdf Sarah’s pick: Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: A National Operational Overview http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pubs/mmaw-faapd-eng.pdf Paula’s pick: The End of Food by Lizzie Widdicombe http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/05/12/140512fa_fact_widdicombe?currentPage=all