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The Ledge is a podcast about Alberta politics produced by CBC Edmonton. Legislature reporters Kim Trynacity and Michelle Bellefontaine discuss the events of the week and interview guests to offer listeners an insider’s look.

Latest Episodes

Emotions and earplugs

After a record breaking filibuster, the first legislative session of the UCP government came to a close. Kim Trynacity and Michelle Bellefontaine run down how it went.

21 MINJUL 5
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Emotions and earplugs

Pipeline foes play nice for the cameras

People watching for drama between Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and his B.C. counterpart John Horgan at the Western Premiers' Conference were disappointed; Stephen Mandel steps down as Alberta Party Leader; another cabinet minister is interviewed by the RCMP and Speaker Cooper warns MLAs about alleging bullying when going after their political opponents.

21 MINJUN 28
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Pipeline foes play nice for the cameras

Muffled debate

Earplugs and the optics of drowning out the opposition during debate.

22 MINJUN 21
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Muffled debate

Bill 9: a delay in process or an attack on unions?

The UCP's legislation to delay wage talks for civil servants is seen as a call to arms by their unions.

23 MINJUN 14
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Bill 9: a delay in process or an attack on unions?

Fatigue and waffles... behind the scenes of a filibuster

MLA's burned the midnight oil in the first filibuster under the UCP government legislative session that went on - and on - my friends.

24 MINJUN 7
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Fatigue and waffles... behind the scenes of a filibuster

Communication complications

An independent prosecutor will be named to assist the RCMP with the investigation into the 2017 UCP leadership race; Premier Jason Kenney has to cancel a climate change repeal event because of wildfires; and Health Minister Tyler Shandro makes "in due course" a hashtag on Twitter.

19 MINMAY 31
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Communication complications

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.

22 MINMAY 24
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New speaker, new roles, new legislature

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.

17 MINMAY 17
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Repeal, rinse, repeat

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.

22 MINMAY 10
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Changing spaces as the UCP transition continues

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.

20 MINMAY 3
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Anti-abortion group that backed UCP plans to push for changes

Latest Episodes

Emotions and earplugs

After a record breaking filibuster, the first legislative session of the UCP government came to a close. Kim Trynacity and Michelle Bellefontaine run down how it went.

21 MINJUL 5
Comments
Emotions and earplugs

Pipeline foes play nice for the cameras

People watching for drama between Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and his B.C. counterpart John Horgan at the Western Premiers' Conference were disappointed; Stephen Mandel steps down as Alberta Party Leader; another cabinet minister is interviewed by the RCMP and Speaker Cooper warns MLAs about alleging bullying when going after their political opponents.

21 MINJUN 28
Comments
Pipeline foes play nice for the cameras

Muffled debate

Earplugs and the optics of drowning out the opposition during debate.

22 MINJUN 21
Comments
Muffled debate

Bill 9: a delay in process or an attack on unions?

The UCP's legislation to delay wage talks for civil servants is seen as a call to arms by their unions.

23 MINJUN 14
Comments
Bill 9: a delay in process or an attack on unions?

Fatigue and waffles... behind the scenes of a filibuster

MLA's burned the midnight oil in the first filibuster under the UCP government legislative session that went on - and on - my friends.

24 MINJUN 7
Comments
Fatigue and waffles... behind the scenes of a filibuster

Communication complications

An independent prosecutor will be named to assist the RCMP with the investigation into the 2017 UCP leadership race; Premier Jason Kenney has to cancel a climate change repeal event because of wildfires; and Health Minister Tyler Shandro makes "in due course" a hashtag on Twitter.

19 MINMAY 31
Comments
Communication complications

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.

22 MINMAY 24
Comments
New speaker, new roles, new legislature

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.

17 MINMAY 17
Comments
Repeal, rinse, repeat

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.

22 MINMAY 10
Comments
Changing spaces as the UCP transition continues

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.

20 MINMAY 3
Comments
Anti-abortion group that backed UCP plans to push for changes