Alberta election: UCP wins majority victory over NDP

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 17, 2019

The NDP ended decades of conservative rule in Alberta when it won a 2015 election, but inherited an economy hammered by a global crude price crash. Battling in a neck-and-neck race against the United Conservative Party's Tom Olsen (a former journalist and once spokesperson for Progressive Conservative premier Ed Stelmach), Ceci was in the fortunate and popular position of having served Calgarians as a city councillor from 1995 to 2010.

NDP Leader Rachel Notley has retained her seat of Edmonton-Strathcona in the Alberta provincial election.

The UCP, formed two years ago by a merger of the Progressive Conservatives and the Wildrose parties, claimed the lion's share of rural seats, and was leading or had captured many seats in Calgary.

Nearly 700,000 people voted early in malls, airports, recreation centres, public buildings and even an Ikea store.

Notley, in turn, said Kenney's plan to freeze spending and pursue more private-care options in health care would have a profound impact on students and patients.

New York-based Eurasia Group said in a report last week that a Kenney victory could elevate short-term uncertain for the energy sector, especially if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government manages to hold onto power in October.

He said it "was real and must be fought". She expects construction to begin this year.

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Both Kenney and Notley blamed Trudeau for a lack of progress on new oil export pipelines, saying he was pressing for excessively stringent environmental standards at a time when energy producers were clamoring for more capacity.

Notley also tried to make Kenney's character an issue. A number of his candidates have either quit or apologized for past comments that were anti-LGBTQ, anti-Islamic or sympathetic to white nationalism.

Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel was the only leader in the survey that had a higher favorability rating than unfavourability - 32.1% to 27.3% - though keep in mind that 12.1% of respondents stated that they were "not familiar" with him and 28.5% stated that they were "not sure". It's promising to be the safe centrist middle ground by combining the economic conservatism of the UCP with the social progressivism of the NDP.

The Liberals, led by lawyer David Khan, are running on a similar platform with one significant exception _ a provincial sales tax.

History will be made no matter what.

Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley says she will stay on to lead her party in Opposition.

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