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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics

Jun 19, 2015

The first week of a new session of the Alberta Legislature was a busy one. There was a throne speech and discussion of three new bills, which tackled campaign financing, new taxes and a $624 million injection into the budget, reversing tuition freezes and health cuts. This new look group of representatives had a few difficulties, too. House speaker Bob Wanner had to play referee, PC Interim Leader Ric McIver had some difficulty in carving out a new place for his beleaguered party, and the Wildrose continually pointed out they were here to help. This week on The Press Gallery, Edmonton Journal’s politics podcast, provincial affairs reporter Mariam Ibrahim, city reporter Sheila Pratt and political affairs columnist Graham Thomson join host Brent Wittmeier to talk three new bills, with a bit of a discussion of an interesting federal race in the Edmonton area. Good Stuff from the Gallery, a weekly segment, concludes the show. Mariam’s pick: Almost Missing: Thirteen women talk about their close call to becoming one of Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women: Sheila's pick: Harry's Last Stand: The story of a nonagenarian survivor of the Great Depression and the Second World War, who came to Canada and worries the social safety net is falling apart. Graham's pick: Jon Stewart's monologue on the Charleston, South Carolina shootings, in which a white 21-year-old shot and killed nine people in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Brent’s pick: The fight of their life: The Globe and Mail's Michener Award winning piece on Canadian thalidomide survivors.