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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics

Jul 31, 2015

The federal election is heating up while the economy is cooling down. Oil has dipped below $50 per barrel and could drop down to the low forties, while the economy continues to struggle. All this means trouble for the provincial NDP, but could be a mixed blessing for the federal Conservatives, expected to call an election on the Heritage Day long weekend. We talk big infrastructure announcements for Calgary, and the somewhat smaller amounts coming to Edmonton. All that plus Transalta's big fight with the Alberta Utilities Commission over alleged attempts to drive up electricity prices. This week on The Press Gallery, Edmonton Journal’s politics podcast, city columnist Paula Simons, business columnist Gary Lamphier and web editor and blogger Stuart Thomson join host Brent Wittmeier to talk economy, oil and the impending horse race. Good Stuff from the Gallery, a weekly segment, concludes the show. Good Stuff from the Gallery links Paula’s pick: The twitter feed of Paul Faerie, University of Calgary political scientist. Gary’s pick: A new Pew Research Centre study shows more millenials are living with their families, despite economic recovery and an improved job market. Stuart’s pick: The Secret History of the Mongol Queens, anthropologist Jack Weatherford's exploration of how Genghis Khan's daughters helped create an international empire. Brent’s pick: Scott Reid, former adviser to Prime Minister Paul Martin, talks about how party leaders prepare for election debates.