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New speaker, new roles, new legislature
Change was the theme of Alberta politics this week as the 30th legislature started this week. Jason Kenney and Rachel Notley settled into their new roles.
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Repeal, rinse, repeat
Premier Jason Kenney's first legislative session of repeal and reverse is about to begin. Before that he loosens liquor rules with a cold one... and some cheese.
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Changing spaces as the UCP transition continues
The transition of government continued at the Alberta legislature as politicians and staffers moved offices, set up desks and settled into their new roles. Hosts Michelle Bellefontaine and Kim Trynacity discuss some of the new hires and wonder why many cabinet ministers aren't talking to the media. Michelle talked to Environment and Parks Minister Jason Nixon about why he's ditching the NDP's Bighorn parks plan.
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Anti-abortion group that backed UCP plans to push for changes
Alberta's new Education Minister Adriana LaGrange used to be the president of Red Deer Pro-Life. Cameron Wilson, political director for the anti-abortion group, Wilberforce Project is happy she was appointed to cabinet. He talks to Kim Trynacity about what he hopes to see out of a new UCP government.
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Hellos and goodbyes.
A new party in power means new faces around the cabinet table. Albertans learn next week who will sit on Jason Kenney's cabinet when the premier-designate and his new ministers are sworn into office.
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Comings and goings. The UCP will form government, the NDP transitions to opposition, and the future of the Liberal and Alberta Party.
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Election 2019 final countdown
The Ledge reveals the mystery behind election decision desks. How does CBC make crucial pronouncements? And when-oh-when to declare the winner?
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Behind the debate curtain
The blows, glances and how the leaders behaved and prepped when the cameras weren't rolling.
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Education tug of war
This week, the United Conservative Party (UCP), and the NDP released their education platforms. The NDP wants more teachers, schools and playgrounds. The UCP wants better grades and more teacher accountability.
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Pipelines vs personality
This week on The Ledge podcast, hosts Michelle Bellefontaine and Kim Trynacity look at the first few days of the campaign. While the NDP lobs attack ads against Kenney, the UCP leader has tried to keep the focus on "jobs, the economy and pipelines."
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A bombshell story about an RCMP investigation into the UCP leadership race
Questions swirl around the the RCMP investigation into the United Conservative Party Leadership contest, and what impact it will have on election timing.
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Jason Kenney says 'tactical' comments about women were distorted by the left
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney says remarks he made Thursday suggesting male candidates understand political tactics better than their female counterparts were distorted by the "left-wing anger machine" on Twitter.
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Arundeep Sandhu speaks for the first time on Edmonton Meadows UCP nomination
A longtime conservative politician, who campaigned for almost a year to be the United Conservative Party candidate in Edmonton-Meadows, is speaking out against UCP leader Jason Kenney, and his decision to overstep the local nomination process.
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Notley and Kenney fight over oil by rail plan
The premier and UCP leader fought over the government's contracts to ship Alberta oil by rail; a judge reserved her decision on whether to overturn Stephen Mandel's five-year ban from running for public office; and we learned more about how the UCP sees the upcoming campaign.
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NDP launches Kenney attack site, Mandel is banned, and MLAs fight over funding
What three things do you need to know about Alberta politics this week? The NDP launched a website to attack Jason Kenney, MLAs fought about caucus funding, and Stephen Mandel was banned from running for office for five years. CBC Calgary host Rob Brown joins the podcast to talk about Mandel's low profile in Calgary.
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Hate message to a mosque gets politicized
The NDP tried to connect Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party to a hateful letter sent to an Edmonton mosque, while some Kenney supporters suggested it was planted to make their party look bad. The legislature hosted an emotional ceremony to unveil the portrait of late Alberta premier Jim Prentice. And Michelle and Kim have the latest nomination news.
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The Battle for Calgary
CBC reporters Kim Trynacity and Michelle Bellefontaine discuss Battleground Calgary. Premier Rachel Notley and United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney held campaign events this week. Notley tried to paint the UCP as the party for the elites. Kenney accused the premier of campaigning on the taxpayers dime.
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Kenney controversy, more MLAs pack it in and UCP rakes in the donations
How did the controversy over housing subsidies Jason Kenney received while he was an MP play out this week? How much did the parties get in political donations? And which cabinet minister decided not to run this spring? Hosts Kim Trynacity and Michelle Bellefontaine tackle those questions this week.
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We're back for 2019
In the first episode of The Ledge for 2019, Legislature reporters Kim Trynacity and Michelle Bellefontaine get you caught up with three things you need to know about Alberta politics from this week.
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The calm before the (election) storm
Alberta's political parties are working quietly behind the scenes, organizing and laying the foundations for the next provincial election that is scheduled to take place between March 1 and May 30.
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Change is in the Air
Alberta's oil production cuts dominated the political agenda this week. The table was set on Sunday when Premier Rachel Notley ordered an oil production cut of 8.7 per cent starting Jan. 1, aimed at boosting the price of Alberta crude.
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It's all about the money, honey.
Whether it's the government buying rail cars to transport Alberta oil or unions and corporations financing a barrage of political ads, mostly everything in provincial politics this week was about money.
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