Mar 17, 2017
Budget 2017 was the big news in Alberta politics this week, released by Finance Minister Joe Ceci on Thursday. The good news is the deficit dropped a little, to $10.3 billion, the bad news is the province will be drowning in red ink for the foreseeable future. Join host Emma Graney with guests Stuart Thomson, Paula Simons and Graham Thomson to chat about what that means for Alberta. The team will also take a look at the Progressive Conservative leadership vote taking place Saturday, and the sewer rats comment that landed deputy premier Sarah Hoffman in hot water this week. Good stuff from the gallery Stuart's pick: The audiobook version of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance. Paula's pick: These two pieces on Canadaland about a bad week for Rebel Media, and all this Budget 2017 reporting by Edmonton Journal staff. Emma's pick: Colby Cosh's column in the National Post about PC leader Ric McIver's revolt against a conflict-of-interest rap, and what it could mean for the Westminster parliamentary system. Graham's pick: This piece in The Atlantic about the Evangelical Persecution Complex, and the theological and cultural roots of a damaging attitude in the Christian community.