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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


Apr 15, 2016

Alberta NDP government released its 2016 budget on Thursday, and while the government spilled plenty of secrets before the document was finally made public, it still included a few bombshells: $57 billion in operational and capital debt is expected by 2019 and Finance Minister Joe Ceci says the province won't like get its books back in balance until 2024. All of this, of course, comes amid a prolonged collapse in world oil prices that has had a drastic effect on Alberta's revenue streams. Then, the panellists discuss the reaction from Premier Rachel Notley and her government to the Leap Manifesto and the decision by delegates the federal NDP convention in Edmonton last week to study the document over the next two years. Did Notley and the Alberta NDP gain any pipeline credibility by coming out against the document? Join panellists Graham Thomson, Paula Simons and Sarah O'Donnell as they leap into the discussion with Press Gallery host Mariam Ibrahim. As usual, the episode wraps up with Good Stuff from the Gallery. Good Stuff from the Gallery: Sarah's pick: 'Must have sprained an eye': Nick Whalen's eye roll in House of Commons by Stephanie Tobin at CBC News. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/nick-whalen-eye-roll-1.3535248 Paula's pick: The text of the Supreme Court of Canada's Daniels decision. http://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/15858/index.do?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook Graham's pick: The Edmonton Journal's budget 2016 coverage. http://edmontonjournal.com/tag/alberta-budget-2016 Mariam's pick: A tale of two budgets: A deluge of red ink in Alberta, Newfoundland amid oil crash by Lauren Krugel of the Canadian Press. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/a-tale-of-two-budgets-deluge-of-red-ink-in-alberta-nl-amid-oil-crash-375813981.html