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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


Jul 4, 2014

Money, money and “meh”: That’s a quick way to sum up the three topics on this week’s The Press Gallery. Columnist Paula Simons, provincial affairs columnist Graham Thomson and politics reporter Mariam Ibrahim kick off the show with host Sarah O’Donnell, talking about the state of Alberta’s finances at the end of the 2013-14 fiscal year and whether Finance Minister Doug Horner had good news for Albertans. Then there’s more money talk, this time in the health sector, as we learn about the size of the severance packages paid out to former Alberta Health Services executives in the last year. And finally, we’ll review the week’s federal by-elections, particularly how it played out in the riding of Fort McMurray-Athabasca, where far too many people seemed to say “meh.” The show concludes with Good Stuff from the Gallery, a weekly segment where panelists offer their suggestion for an interesting political fix. Good Stuff from the Gallery links Graham’s pick: Fire on the Mountain by Brian Mockenhaupt http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/05/fire-on-the-mountain/361613/ Sarah’s pick: Mark Sanford’s Path of Most Resistance by Jim Rutenberg http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/29/magazine/mark-sanfords-path-of-most-resistance.html?_r=0 Mariam’s pick: Why has Google cast me into oblivion? By Robert Peston http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28130581 Paula’s pick: Satya Rani Chadha: The face of India’s anti-dowry movement by Namita Bhandare http://www.livemint.com/Specials/ltOkZTJF9pkky8dWh8NarO/Satya-Rani-Chadha-The-face-of-Indias-antidowry-movement.html Tapas Pal and the language of hate by Namita Bhandare http://www.livemint.com/Home-Page/1LLJ9Ewefc90TrOknNB63K/Tapas-Pal-and-the-language-of-hate.html#nav=most_read Toilets at home will not stop rapes, but can reduce risks by Namita Bhandare http://www.livemint.com/Politics/XELv3vRJLGTPIJuAwT0YhK/Toilets-at-home-will-not-stop-rapes-but-can-reduce-risks.html