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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


Jul 10, 2015

It's Stampede time in Cowtown, which means all politicians are in town to flip pancakes and try to win votes. For the first time in Premier Rachel Notley's tenure, she met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and was photographed with her hat on backwards. There was a new report from Auditor General Merwan Saher detailing a host of problems. Notley publicly asked her cabinet to come up with a plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. And in Sherwood Park, there were rumblings of an unofficial attempt to unite Progressive Conservatives and the Wildrose. This week on The Press Gallery, Edmonton Journal’s politics podcast, provincial affairs reporter Jodie Sinnema, city reporter Sheila Pratt and political affairs columnist Graham Thomson join host Brent Wittmeier to talk about a bit of politicking at the local rodeo. Good Stuff from the Gallery, a weekly segment, concludes the show. Jodie's pick: The Guardian's George Monbiot's takes a historical view to tackle Greece's financial crisis, elites and austerity. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/07/greece-financial-elite-democracy-liassez-faire-neoliberalism Paula's pick: Tom Nuttall and Philip Coggan, reporters at The Economist, answer questions on an "ask me anything" Reddit forum. https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/3cbd95/we_are_tom_nuttall_and_philip_coggan_we_cover/ Graham's pick: Jelani Cobb from the New Yorker writes a poignant essay on defenders of the Confederate Flag, who say it's a symbol of "heritage, not hate." Cobb differs. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/06/the-confederacys-final-retreat Brent’s pick: Colby Cosh's National Post column, in which he suggests Rachel Notley might be striving to be like Bob Rae, but not Rae Day Rae, elder liberal statesman Rae. http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/colby-cosh-rachel-notley-striving-to-be-like-the-old-bob-rae-not-the-young-bob-rae