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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


May 9, 2015

It was the most momentous election night in Alberta's modern history: After 44 years, the Tory dynasty crumbled, and Rachel Notley and her New Democrats swept to power. In the Crushing It and Shredding It edition of The Press Gallery podcast, Edmonton Journal provincial affairs columnist Graham Thomson, legislature reporters Karen Kleiss and Mariam Ibrahim, and city columnist Paula Simons join host Sarah O'Donnell to talk about the biggest surprises of last Tuesday night. The also discuss the challenges ahead for the premier-designate, for new Widlrose Opposition Leader Brian Jean, and for the Progressive Conservatives, as they struggle to figure out their future. How will a legislature with 70 rookie MLAs learn the ropes? Who will Notley put in her cabinet? And will the once-mighty PCs join the United Farmers of Alberta and Social Credit in Alberta's history books? Graham, Karen, Mariam, and Paula weigh in with their opinions and predictions. The podcast ends, as it does every week, with with Good Stuff from the Gallery, the panelists' suggestions for great political reads. Good Stuff from the Gallery links Graham’s pick: Does the NDP win in Alberta mean Mulcair can ride the orange wave into power? Not yet. by Michael Den Tandt http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/michael-den-tandt-does-the-ndp-win-in-alberta-mean-mulcair-can-ride-the-orange-wave-into-power-not-yet Mariam’s pick: Omar Khadr free on bail, asks Canadians to give him a chance: Video by Ed Kaiser & Greg Southam, story by Sheila Pratt & Ryan Cormier http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Omar+Khadr+freed+bail+asks+Canadians+give+chance/11036865/story.html Paula’s pick: Leftist party’s win in Alberta could affect future of oilsands by Ian Austen http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/07/world/americas/leftist-party-in-alberta-ends-long-dominance-of-conservatives.html?_r=0 Karen’s pick: Crying ‘Gotcha’ by Mark Leibovich http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/magazine/crying-gotcha.html?_r=0 Sarah’s pick: Meet the B.C. architect of Rachel Notley’s stunning Alberta victory by Vaughn Palmer http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Vaughn+Palmer+Meet+architect+stunning+Alberta+victory/11034993/story.html