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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


Mar 7, 2014

It’s all about Alberta’s 2014-15 provincial budget in this week’s episode of the The Press Gallery, with a brief side trip into Premier Alison Redford’s latest trouble with travel expenses. Journal opinion page editor Kathy Kerr kicks off the podcast with a budget primer. Then host Sarah O’Donnell talks with columnists Paula Simons and David Staples about why Finance Minister Doug Horner’s “good news budget” with record revenue, an operating surplus and plenty of construction plans made some, including Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, feel a bit blue on Thursday. There’s plenty of analysis about what went wrong for Edmonton’s bid to secure additional LRT funding and whether borrowing is the right way for Alberta to build. Good stuff from the Gallery brings a listener recommendation from Keith Silva. USEFUL LINKS Government of Alberta budget website http://alberta.ca/Budget.cfm Edmonton Journal’s 2014-15 budget coverage http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/alberta-politics/budget-2014-visualized/index.html GOOD STUFF FROM THE GALLERY LINKS Listener pick from Keith Silva The Drug War vs. Civilization: The evidence that civilization may yet win by Sanho Tree http://www.thefix.com/content/drug-war-vs-civilization-%E2%80%93-evidence-civilization-may-yet-win Paula’s pick: Yes Minister http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/yesminister/ Yes minister: “A public inquiry” via Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FRVvjGL2C0 Sarah’s pick: Inside Politics from the Calgary Herald http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Inside+Politics+Episode+Poll+session+budget/9570388/story.html