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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


Mar 14, 2014

Faced with an angry Progressive Conservative caucus, Premier Alison Redford finally repaid nearly $45,000 for her controversial trip to South Africa trip. But neither the cheque nor a major funding announcement for Edmonton’s LRT expansion were enough to stop the drama at the Alberta legislature. This week on the Journal’s politics podcast, provincial affairs columnist Graham Thomson, city columnist Paula Simons and politics reporter Mariam Ibrahim talk with host Sarah O’Donnell about the premier’s decision to repay the expenses associated with her trip to Nelson Mandela’s funeral, Calgary MLA Len Webber’s resignation from the PC caucus and whether there will be any more MLAs from the government side who follow his lead. The panel also considers the premier’s political future in the weeks and months ahead. Good Stuff from the Gallery links Listener pick from Tej Swatch: This American Life: Except for That One Thing, Act 2: Hungry, Hungry People http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/518/except-for-that-one-thing?act=2 American Hippopotamus by Jon Mooallem https://periodic.atavist.com/view/theatavist/story/199 Paula’s pick: 11 Ways to Avoid Sounding like a Sexist Jerk – Even if You’re a Woman by Jessica Bennett http://time.com/22004/how-to-not-sound-like-a-sexist-jerk-even-if-youre-a-woman/ Mariam’s pick: Is it Time to Bench the Eskimos Name? by Chris O’Leary http://www.edmontonjournal.com/time+bench+Eskimos+name/9594146/story.html Graham’s pick: The Patrol: Seven Days in the Life of a Canadian soldier by Ryan Flavelle http://www.harpercollins.ca/books/The-Patrol-Ryan-Flavelle/?isbn=9781443407175 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12952816-the-patrol