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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


Mar 24, 2016

The new federal Liberal government released its first budget this week and it makes good on some pledges to extend a helping hand to Alberta as the economy struggles with some infrastructure cash and extended employment insurance benefits. But why was the Edmonton area left on the list? Then, the Progressive Conservative party proved it still holds political relevance in Alberta after it won the Calgary-Greenway byelection this week. What do the results mean for the future of that party and the unite the right movement in the province? And finally, former Canadian Press journalist Heather Boyd released her report into media access at the Alberta legislature, a report sparked by a controversy that erupted when premier Rachel Notley's government tried to prevent Ezra Levant's Rebel Media from covering news conferences. We'll discuss the recommendations in Boyd's report and their implications. Join panellists Graham Thomson and Paula Simons as they discuss these issues and more in this early edition of the Press Gallery with host Mariam Ibrahim. As usual, the episode wraps up with some Good Stuff from the Gallery. Good Stuff from the Gallery Paula's pick: A transcript of Donald Trump’s meeting with Washington Post editorial board https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2016/03/21/a-transcript-of-donald-trumps-meeting-with-the-washington-post-editorial-board/?postshare=3121458847273964&tid=ss_mail Mariam's pick: Out Here, No One Can Hear You Scream by Kathryn Joyce in The Huffington Post's Highline http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/park-rangers/ Graham's pick: The 'Strategic Logic' of Suicide Bombing by Uri Friedman in The Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/03/brussels-attacks-terrorism-isis/474858/