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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics

Jun 3, 2016

Press Gallery #136: The Two Minutes for Unsportsmanlike Conduct edition There weren't any actual unicorns galloping through the halls of the Alberta Legislature, but it's been a surreal week otherwise. While MLAs debated serious matters, including Alberta's contentious carbon tax and the regulation of medically-assisted dying, the Wildrose party spent much of the week fighting itself, as it dealt with the fall-out over leader Brian Jean's very temporary suspension of party finance critic and social-media gadfly Derek Fildebrant. Through it all, as politicians fiddled, and forest fires burned, the dramatic re-entry to Fort McMurray began with almost magical efficiency — and a surprising minimum of political fall-out. Guest host Keith Gerein captains the Press Gallery this week, as provincial affairs columnist Graham Thomson, city columnist Paula Simons and legislature reporter Emma Graney, provide the play-by-play on all the latest in Alberta political gamesmanship. Good Stuff from the Gallery: Graham's Pick: BBC's History of the World in 100 Objects Paula's Pick: Afghanistan's Mounting Toll, by Renata D'Aliesio, the Globe and Mail Keith's Pick: At some point, people will tire of being urged to progress while being told that none has ever happened, by Colby Cosh, National Post Emma's Pick: Return to Fort Mac, Edmonton Journal's coverage the post-fire re-entry.