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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics

Jul 30, 2016

The biggest political story in Alberta this week was the NDP government's move to launch legal action in an effort to stamp out a loophole in the province's power regulations that could cost Albertans as much as $2 billion if the carbon tax proceeds as planned. The Press Gallery, Edmonton Journal's politics podcast, begins this week's Power Play edition by tackling the many questions raised by the court challenge against Alberta's own power rules. The NDP said Monday those regulations include a provision that was "unlawfully enacted" when Progressive Conservatives drew up the regulations in 2000. Journal opinion editor Sarah O'Donnell talks with city columnist Paula Simons, deputy editor Kathy Kerr and provincial affairs reporter Emma Graney about the legal strategy and what's a stake. The podcast also looks at the oil spill Alberta's neighbour, Saskatchewan, is dealing with the North Saskatchewan River and what impact this disaster could have on pipeline politics. And, since there should always be time for beer before a long weekend, they get an update on the new brewers' credit introduced by the province to offset the new beer tax. Good Stuff from the Gallery links Paula's pick: Khizr Khan's parents speak at the Democratic Convention Sarah's pick: Blame game heats up as province heads to court over unprofitable power contracts by Chris Varcoe If NDP was in the dark about PPAs why didn't someone turn on the lights? by Chris Varcoe NDP government urged to cut losses in PPA battle by James Wood and Chris Varcoe Emma's pick: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling