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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


Feb 21, 2014

Progressive Conservative MLA Steve Young held onto his caucus membership this week after telling Calgary Herald columnist Don Braid that Premier Alison Redford’s $45,000 South Africa travel bill did not reflect “Alberta values.” But his comments certainly caused a stir. Journal politics watchers Paula Simons, Graham Thomson and Mariam Ibrahim joined host Sarah O’Donnell on The Press Gallery this week to talk about why the costs of attending Nelson Mandela’s funeral continue to haunt the premier and why her executive assistant’s hotel expenses further inflamed the situation. Find out what The Press Gallery panelists have to say, and which Alberta MLA they’d go have a beer with (if they could only pick one). Good Stuff from the Gallery Listener pick from Olav Rokne: The Thick of It http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qgrd Graham’s pick Starman: Neil de Grasse Tyson, the New Guide to the “Cosmos” by Rebecca Mead http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/02/17/140217fa_fact_mead Mariam’s pick Journalism on Trial in Egypt by Al Jazeera http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2014/02/journalism-trial-egypt-2014220153822624226.html Paula’s pick Is the Internet Good or Bad? Yes. By Zeynep Tufekci https://medium.com/matter/76d9913c6011 Social Media Helps Government Monitor their Citizens – But it also helps those citizens rise up by Matthew Ingram http://gigaom.com/2014/02/14/social-media-helps-governments-monitor-their-citizens-but-it-also-helps-those-citizens-rise-up/