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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


Jun 25, 2016

This week’s episode of The Press Gallery, the Journal politics podcast, begins with a Brexit briefing after Britain’s stunning referendum decision to leave the European Union. Business columnist Gary Lamphier, opinion editor Sarah O’Donnell, city columnist Paula Simons, provincial affairs reporter Emma Graney and reporter Stuart Thomson share their reaction to the historic departure decision and discuss its potential global impact. Talk then shifts to “arrivals” and the news that Conservative MP Jason Kenney may dip his toe into provincial politics and consider a bid for Alberta’s Progressive Conservative leadership. What might that mean for Alberta’s political landscape? The panel also digs into the sunshine salary lists released by publicly funded agencies, boards and commissions. This kind of transparency is good in theory, but does work in practice? Good Stuff from the Gallery links Paula’s pick: The Economist www.economist.com Emma’s pick: The UK’s EU referendum: All you need to know by Brian Wheeler & Alex Hunt http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-32810887 Sarah’s pick: Wood Buffalo councillors vote to hike their own pay from $36,000 to $75,000 a year by Cullen Bird http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/wood-buffalo-councillors-ok-hefty-pay-hike-for-themselves-and-create-recovery-taskforce Council’s pay grab a civic embarrassment by Tyler King http://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/2016/06/23/councils-pay-grab-a-civic-embarrassment After town burns down, Fort McMurray politicians vote to double their own pay by Ebony Renee-Barker http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/after-town-burns-down-fort-mcmurray-politicians-vote-to-double-their-own-pay Stuart’s pick: Will Trump swallow the GOP whole? By Mark Leibovich http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/magazine/will-trump-swallow-the-gop-whole.html?ref=topics&_r=0