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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


Dec 19, 2014

It still feels weird to say it, but Danielle Smith is a Progressive Conservative MLA. The former leader of the Wildrose party severed ties with the opposition party in spectacular fashion Wednesday along with eight other MLAs elected in 2012 under the Wildrose banner: Rob Anderson, Jeff Wilson, Bruce McAllister, Gary Bikman, Jason Hale, Blake Pedersen, Rob Fox and Bruce Rowe, How did this happen? How did they justify this massive floor-crossing? How did Premier Jim Prentice convince his PC caucus to embrace its harshest critics on the right? And what should Albertans make of this stunning defection by opposition MLAs to the government? Journal editorial writer and podcast host Sarah O’Donnell, provincial affairs columnist Graham Thomson, city columnist Paula Simons and content editor Kathy Kerr devote this week’s podcast to an amazing 96 hours of change in Alberta politics that was in the works for more than a month. Good Stuff from the Gallery A collective Press Gallery pick: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Team-Of-Rivals/9780684824901-item.html?s_campaign=goo-BooksByTitle&gclid=CJe7lPv40sICFataMgodnAcAbw Doris Kearns Goodwin’s website http://www.doriskearnsgoodwin.com/ Team of Rivals book review by James McPherson http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/06/books/review/06mcpherson.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0