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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics

Jul 6, 2018

After a long career in both municipal and provincial politics, NDP Transportation Minister Brian Mason announced this week that he is retiring and won't run for re-election in 2019. The panel discusses the legacy of Mason's career — from transit driver to city councillor to opposition leader to cabinet minister — and also considers the hole he will leave for Rachel Notley's party as it tries to stay in office. The panel also discusses the province's decision this week to release 14 years of class size data from around Alberta, how tensions are heating up in British Columbia as the Trans Mountain pipeline construction schedule is unveiled, and the pros and cons of the "Sunshine list" that reveals Alberta's top public sector earners. Good Stuff from the Gallery Keith Pick: Citylab's fascinating visual history of how the U.S. census has been abused, manipulated and managed for political (and racist) purposes. Graham's pick:  Make time for a visit to the Alberta Aviation Museum — on the site of the former Blatchford Field — and learn about Edmonton's important role in the Second World War and the development of the Canadian northwest. Clare's pick: A podcast from National Public Radio on whether U.S. coal country's support of Donald Trump is actually paying off. (Hint: It probably isn't).