Jason Kenney's UCP projected to win majority government in Alberta

17 April, 2019, 15:29 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Alberta's legislature in Edmonton during the summer

The UCP was created in 2017 after a merger between the PCs and the Wildrose Party following a defeat against Notley's NDP that saw all three parties take a significant portion of the vote.

Notley's NDP held on to its traditional base in Edmonton, which it swept in 2015, but was losing in numerous surrounding municipalities, rural ridings and Calgary constituencies it captured four years ago.

"We have chosen to put a price on pollution right across the country and there are conservative politicians who are using taxpayer money to fight a price on pollution in court", he responded.

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

Kenney's victory means governments in five of the 10 provinces now oppose Trudeau's plans to combat global warming, which look set to be a major theme of the October election.

"Climate change is real and must be fought", Trudeau told a town hall in Cambridge, Ontario on Tuesday evening before the Alberta results were announced.

The four-week campaign focused on personal attacks and on Alberta's fragile economy, which has been struggling with sluggish oil prices. However, it ended up receiving little attention amid the heated battle between Mr. Kenney and Ms. Notley. A number of his candidates have either quit or apologized for past comments that were anti-LGBTQ, anti-Islamic or sympathetic to white nationalism.

On the margins of the campaign were the centrist Alberta and Liberal parties.

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The Alberta Party, led by former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel, is running a full slate of candidates.

Notley's government introduced a carbon tax to help cut emissions of greenhouse gases, a measure Kenney promised to scrap.

"While a potential repeal would have a large impact on consumer electricity bills, we expect the impact to producers would be modest as the carbon tax is mostly a pass through. though some producers may choose to revisit their goal and gas conversion plans as a reduction in the carbon tax may make the economics of high emitter facilities more attractive for longer", the CIBC report said.

At the same time, a change in government would have little impact on utility companies operating in Alberta, CIBC said, "but may have a modest positive impact if fiscal stimulus results in an increase in economic activity".

A sweeping overhaul of school curriculums is also expected to be on hold.

After that it's down to business - select his cabinet, get sworn in, proclaim so-called turn off the taps legislation, kill the carbon tax and begin the process of dismantling changes made by the NDP in everything from education policy to farm safety laws and environmental policy.

The bill gives Alberta the power to reduce oil flows to B.C.in retaliation for its opposition to the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

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