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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


Oct 24, 2014

Voters in Edmonton-Whitemud, Calgary-West, Calgary-Foothills and Calgary-Elbow will head to the polls in four provincial byelections Monday. The Press Gallery’s host Sarah O’Donnell, city columnist Paula Simons and provincial affairs columnist Graham Thomson devote a healthy portion of the Journal’s weekly politics podcast to those races as they enter their final days. Will Premier Jim Prentice, Health Minister Stephen Mandel and Education Minister Gordon Dirks win seats in the Legislature? How effective have opposition candidates been in their campaigns? Dare the panelists make predictions? The podcast also looks at the results of last week’s NDP leadership contest, where Rachel Notley was the overwhelming favourite to replace Brian Mason. But before talking about these key democratic milestones, the Press Gallery reflects on the crimes that took place on Parliament Hill Wednesday and the reaction to those horrific events. Good Stuff from the Gallery links Paula’s picks: St. Albert Readers Festival with P.S. Duffy & Jennifer Robinson http://www.starfest.ca/index.php/authors/8-p-s-duffy-and-jennifer-robson-families-at-war.html P.S. Duffy’s website http://www.psduffy.com/bio--news.html Jennifer Robson’s website http://www.jennifer-robson.com/books/ Sarah’s pick: Madame Secretary: Blame Canada episode http://www.globaltv.com/madamsecretary/ Blame Canada Recap by Tanya Pai http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/afterhours/tv-recap/tv-recap-madam-secretary-season-1-episode-5-blame-canada.php Graham’s pick: We can’t stop every terror attack, so let’s brace ourselves and adapt by Andrew Coyne http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/10/22/andrew-coyne-we-cant-stop-every-terror-attack-so-lets-brace-ourselves-and-adapt/