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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics

Nov 3, 2017

Monday marked the beginning of fall session at the Alberta legislature. But the Press Gallery podcast team heads back in time, two days prior to that, when Jason Kenney was elected United Conservative Party leader.  Join host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Paula Simons and Graham Thomson to discuss a chaotic week in Alberta politics which included the UCP election, a floor crossing, a resignation, applause (or not) in the house, and the Alberta Party asking for official party status.  Education reporter Janet French stops in to talk us through Bill 24 — legislation that changes the rules around gay-straight alliances in schools — and, bonus, you'll get to hear Emma butcher a famous Albertan name. Over, and over, and over again. She's sorry.  Good stuff from the gallery Clare's pick: This piece named Promethea Unbound in Atavist Magazine. It's the story of a child genius raised in poverty, and a horrific act of violence that nearly destroyed her. Paula's pick: This excellent, funny and smart interview on CBC's The Current, called "I have sex, get over it," in which disability advocates call for sex education. Emma's pick: Tim Harford's wonderful book 50 Things That Shaped the Modern Economy. And, while we're at it, get prepared for the new year, climb out of a book rut and expand your to-read list with Popsugar's 2018 reading challenge. Graham's pick: This piece in the National Post by former Press Gallery regular Stuart Thomson (we miss you, Thommo), about Jason Kenney and where Canada's conservative movement is headed.  ** For all the links to good stuff, head to