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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


Aug 8, 2014

The Press Gallery #50: Aura of Power edition Planes, trains, and… well, actually just planes: Press Gallery panelists have a lot to talk about from a very heated week at the legislature. Columnist Paula Simons and reporters Mariam Ibrahim and Sheila Pratt join guest host Keith Gerein to discuss former premier Alison Redford’s final goodbye from provincial politics, and the scathing auditor general’s report that likely helped drive her out the door. The report was one of the most explosive we’ve seen in quite some time, detailing abuse of government aircraft and failures to disclose the complete costs of international travel. The panelists discuss how an “aura of power” from Redford’s office allowed this to happen, who else in government is now under fire, and the potential fallout for the Progressive Conservative party. Good Stuff from the Gallery links: Paula’s first pick: Special duty report on the expenses of the office of Premier Redford and Alberta’s Air Transportation System: By Auditor General Merwan Saher http://www.oag.ab.ca/webfiles/reports/August%202014%20Report.pdf Paula’s second pick: “Mistakes were made.” A Dec. 5, 1876 speech from U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant to the Senate and House of Representatives. Published by the American Presidency Project http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=29517 Keith’s pick: 40 years later, still trying to define presidential power. Richard Nixon’s tenure and downfall are reassessed. By Peter Baker of the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/04/us/richard-nixons-tenure-and-downfall-are-reassessed.html?_r=1 Mariam’s pick: Omar Khadr’s Untold Story: Canada Should Let Media Interview Ex-Guantánamo Detainee. A New York Times editorial http://harpers.org/archive/2014/07/promises-promises/ Sheila’s pick: The Alberta’s Court of Appeal’s written decision on why Omar Khadr’s sentence should be served in a provincial jail. http://www.albertacourts.ab.ca/jdb_new/public/ca/2003-NewTemplate/ca/Civil/2014/2014abca0225.pdf