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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


Apr 22, 2016

With the Manitoba NDP going down to defeat this week, Premier Rachel Notley has become the last New Democrat premier standing. What does that mean for Alberta's government and does this increase the pressure on Notley to achieve what her counterparts - and predecessors - couldn't when it comes to pipelines? Then, Health Minister Sarah Hoffman faced some questions this week reports that sick leave and long-term disability among hundreds of Alberta Health Services employees have seen a steady spike over the past few years. The panel will break down the data to tell us whether this is indicative of broader issues within the health authority. And finally, the panellists wrap up the episode with a play-by-play of the drama in the legislature this week as interim Progressive Conservative leader challenged a ruling by Speaker Bob Wanner. McIver refused to back down - or, more to the point, sit down - resulting in the exceedingly rare instance of an MLA being escorted out of the chamber. Join panellists Graham Thomson, Paula Simons and Keith Gerein as they discuss these topics and more with Mariam Ibrahim as she hosts her final episode of the Press Gallery. The shows wraps up with the usual Good Stuff from the Gallery. Graham's and Paula's pick: Justice Charles H. Vaillancourt's decision in the Mike Duffy trials. http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/static/folio/duffy/DuffyVerdict.pdf Keith's pick: Mariam's reporting the night of the HUB Mall shootings http://www.canada.com/news/Suspect+deadly+University+Alberta+armoured+truck+shootings+worker/6788479/story.html Mariam's profile of Wildrose Leader Brian Jean http://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/rise-from-the-ashes-one-year-of-brian-jean-leading-the-alberta-wildrose Mariam's pick: Subscribe to the newspaper to support the work Edmonton journalists are doing http://edmontonjournal.com/subscription