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2023 Election

Provincial Election Roundup – Day 8

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From the Alberta Institute 

Campaign Roundup – Day 8:

  • Danielle Smith had a phone call with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss the wildfire situation in the province. Her campaign is on hold as she continues to deal with the emergency and meet with the Emergency Management Cabinet Committee.
  • Smith also held a press conference announcing financial support for wildfire evacuees. Eligible evacuees will receive $1,250 per adult and $500 per child. Information on applying for the benefit can be found online.
  • Mike Ellis, acting in his capacity as Alberta’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Services, sent a letter to his federal counterparts outlining the assistance being requested by the Province. Asks included water purification resources, military personnel to provide security for evacuated communities, engineering support, and heavy equipment resources.
  • Alberta Health Services clarified that there was no gap in surgical coverage in the Calgary Zone over the weekend, despite yesterday’s claims from the NDP.
  • The NDP continued campaigning and held a press conference regarding pension plans. Marie Renaud, NDP Candidate for St. Albert, accused the UCP of not answering questions regarding taking Alberta out of the Canada Pension Plan.
  • At the same press conference, Karen Shaw, NDP Candidate for Morinville-St. Albert, outlined her party’s plan for seniors. She promised to make the shingles vaccine free, eliminate fees for seniors’ driver license medical exams, provide homecare, and increase the Seniors’ Benefit.
  • The UCP’s Calgary-Klein candidate, Jeremy Nixon, rebutted both claims, stating that, with regards to Pensions – as has always been promised – no change will be made to any pensions without a full public debate and, ultimately, a referendum – as has always been promised – and that, with regards to seniors, the UCP has raised the Alberta Seniors Benefit, provided $2 billion for drug and health benefits, and more.
  • The NDP announced a commitment to build the Red Deer Hospital and a standalone Stollery Children’s Hospital, as well as accelerate construction of the South Edmonton Hospital.
  • New polling has the UCP leading the NDP by 50% to 43%. Digging into the details, the poll also showed that 48% of voters have a favourable opinion of Danielle Smith versus 45% who see Rachel Notley in a favourable light, and that more voters think Rachel Notley is too far left than think Danielle Smith is too far right.

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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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