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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


Apr 18, 2014

Alberta’s Progressive Conservative caucus says it will finally scrap parts of the provincial marriage act that define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, to get in line with federal legislation and public sentiment that wants the rights of gays, lesbian and bisexual Albertans recognized. Premier Dave Hancock says the government also will introduce changes so transgendered people can change their birth certificates without having to have gender reassignment surgery. Provincial affairs reporter Mariam Ibrahim, legislature columnist Graham Thomson and columnist Paula Simons talk with host Sarah O’Donnell about these developments and the bundle of recent debates in the Legislature deal with human rights, religious rights, and the balance between the two. The panel also ponders how the political landscape on LGBTQ rights has changed two years after the Wildrose party was burned in the 2012 election by a candidate who said homosexuals would burn in a lake of fire and how leader Danielle Smith handled that issue. The show concludes with Good Stuff from the Gallery, where the guests share an item they think other politics lovers might enjoy reading, watching or listening to. Good Stuff from the Gallery links Graham’s pick: Years of Living Dangerously http://yearsoflivingdangerously.com/ Mariam’s pick: When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Negates the Right to Sue by Stephanie Strom http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/17/business/when-liking-a-brand-online-voids-the-right-to-sue.html?_r=0 Sarah’s pick: Boss starring Kelsey Grammer http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1833285/ Paula’s pick The Voter Fraud Myth by Jane Mayer http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/10/29/121029fa_fact_mayer