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2023 Election

Alberta Election 2023 Campaign Roundup: Day 20

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Campaign Roundup – Day 20:

  • As we head into the long weekend, there are still many fire bans in effect. Hot, dry, smoky conditions are hampering firefighting efforts and the Province is asking Albertans to obey off-road vehicle restrictions and park closures.
  • Brian Jean, UCP Candidate for Fort McMurray – Lac La Biche, reminded Albertans what happened last time the NDP got involved with electricity, namely that they cost Albertans $1.34 billion.
  • Jean also shared a new article about increasing venture capital investment into Alberta. During the first part of the year, despite downward trends in the rest of the country, investments into Alberta may have set the stage for a record year for the province.
  • Rachel Notley touted her party’s promise to provide free contraceptionto Albertans, calling it both good health policy and good economic policy.
  • Notley also promised to get the Green Line built in Calgary.
  • The NDP Candidate for Banff-Kananaskis, Sarah Elmeligi, made an announcement regarding her party’s plans for Alberta Parks. She and Joe Ceci, NDP Candidate for Calgary-Buffalo, promised a $250 million infrastructure investment for new campsites, trails, fish cleaning stations, warm-up stations for winter camping, and more.
  • Ceci also promised legislation that would ensure a full ban on coal mining in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes, and an end to the Kananaskis conservation fee.

 


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2023 Election

Campaign Update – Alberta Election 2023

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From the Alberta Institute

Campaign Roundup – Day 25:

  • Pierre Poilieve, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, endorsed Danielle Smith. “[Notley] will help Trudeau attack the energy sector, putting you out of a job,” said Poilieve in a video message, adding that Smith would stand up for Alberta and fight the carbon tax.
  • Adriana LaGrange, UCP Candidate for Red Deer-North, noted that the NDP removed the Red Deer Hospital expansion from their capital plan in 2018 while the UCP has invested $1.8 million into the project.
  • NDP Candidates Sarah Hoffman (Edmonton-Glenora) and Jaelene Tweedle (Red Deer-North) promised to immediately increase funding by $100 million for children with complex needs. They also promised to modernize or build 125 schools.
  • Rachel Notley announced Bill 1, 2, and 3 of an NDP government. Bill 1 will be the “Save Albertans Money Act” and will include capping power bills and auto insurance, freezing tuition, and implementing $10/day childcare. Bill 2 would repeal the Sovereignty Act, and Bill 3 is designed to prevent any future government from leaving the Canada Pension Plan.
  • Shaun Fluker, the NDP Candidate for Airdrie-Cochrane, said yesterday that when he argued in favour of the No More Pipelines bill, that he was simply representing a client. More information has since come to light though, and it turns out that Fluker intentionally sought out that client.
  • The UCP promised to dedicate $80 million over four years to a fund that would build recreation facilities in growing communities.
  • UCP Candidates Brian Jean (Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche) and Rebecca Schulz (Calgary-Shaw) held a press conference in Calgary to highlight the NDP’s poor record on the economy and how the UCP will continue to move the province forward.
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2023 Election

Alberta Election Campaign 2023: Day 22

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Campaign Roundup – Day 22:

  • It’s May long weekend, but that didn’t stop both parties from campaigning, as early voting begins tomorrow! To locate your advance polling station, you can use this tool from Elections Alberta.
  • A new Abacus Data poll suggests that province-wide, the UCP leads the NDP 51% to 47%, while in battleground Calgary, the UCP leads 51% to 46%. Those numbers still suggest a pretty tight race, but a significant improvement for the UCP since last week’s debate.
  • Leaders, candidates, and volunteers were out in swing ridings. Rachel Notley held a rally in Calgary-Acadia, where Diana Batten from the NDP is looking to take the seat from the UCP’s Tyler Shandro.
  • Nate Horner, UCP Candidate for Drumheller-Stettler, held a press conference. He spoke to the ways that his party plans to make life more affordable for Albertans, and reminded people about the NDP’s carbon tax. He said the UCP is “extremely bullish” on nuclear energy and that he never met a tax cut he didn’t like!
  • Brian Jean, UCP Candidate for Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche, touted the benefits of the Film and Television Tax Credit in helping Alberta become a first-choice destination for producers.
  • A series of clever new signs had been popping up around the province, countering the NDP’s “What Will She Do Next?” attack ads, by explaining exactly what Smith will do next. The counter-signs appear to have been so effective that the NDP are now removing their original signs. There’s an old adage in politics – never ask an open-ended question, because it lets your opponent answer it!
  • Meanwhile, NDP-aligned Calgary City Councillor Kourtney Penner clearly didn’t get the memo from Rachel Notley about keeping the woke marxism quiet for another week… Councillor Penner took to twitter to call Calgarians who support holding a fireworks show on Canada Day racists. Yes, seriously! Our friends at Common Sense Calgary are running a petition to restore the fireworks show, which you can sign here.

  • Finally, in a sweet moment of putting aside differences, Danielle Smith wished a speedy recovery to Rachel Notley’s dog, who appeared to have been in a disagreement with a porcupine.

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