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11:50  15 april  2019
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Elections Alberta says a whopping 140,000 Albertans cast a ballot on Day 1 of advance polling

Elections Alberta says a whopping 140,000 Albertans cast a ballot on Day 1 of advance polling Many political pundits have said the 2019 Alberta election will be a battle the likes of which the province hasn't seen in ages and if numbers from the first day of advance polling are any indication, voter engagement is heightened as well. On Tuesday night, Elections Alberta posted the figures, showing a staggering 140,000 (approximate number) Albertans turned out to cast ballots on the first day they were able to. For context, on the first day of advance polling in 2015, about 58,000 Albertans voted.

EDMONTON – Alberta ’s Chief Electoral Officer, Glen Resler, confirms that Writs were issued today to administer elections across Alberta . “I am pleased to implement new legislation for the general election that will provide electors with

Jason Markusoff’s Alberta Politics Insider for April 8: Why this election feels personal for many Albertans, the mud-slinging keeps getting rawer, and more. And with the UCP’s so- called bozo eruptions repeatedly exposing racism in their ranks, there have been multiple op-eds about how

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EDMONTON — Alberta's election campaign promised a titanic clash of ideas and ideologies between two nationally known leaders, but delivered a burlesque of biting attacks and bozo eruptions — and a surprise guest appearance by the RCMP.

Rachel Notley will make history Tuesday as either the first Alberta NDP premier to win re-election or the first-ever leader of an Alberta party that failed to win a renewed mandate on its first try.

A win for Jason Kenney's United Conservatives, as predicted by the polls, means a return to the right-centre for Alberta, its traditional home since the middle of the last century.

Fake UCP signs add to Alberta election divisiveness

Fake UCP signs add to Alberta election divisiveness With one week left until Albertans head to the polls, a batch of mysterious signs is adding to ongoing campaign negativity. "Albertans are overwhelmingly focused on the top issues: jobs, the economy and pipelines," a UCP spokesperson wrote in a Wednesday statement to Global News. "It's disappointing, but not entirely surprising, that the NDP and their allies are looking for any and every distraction rather than talking about their failed record." The NDP is denying any involvement with the signs.

Alberta Politics / The declining impact of ‘ bozo eruptions ’ – are Albertans the proverbial frog in a pot of boiling water? And I hope it educated viewers in Upper Canada, as Mr. Paikin kept calling Ontario – a term I was sure had gone out of use in 1841, thanks to Lord Durham et. al.

Skip to Content A named link for anchors. There are roughly 2,615,000 people in Alberta who are registered to vote in a provincial election . To be eligible to vote, you must be.

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Notley ran on her record of continuing to build Alberta through the lean times of low oil prices.

But apart from promises to expand subsidized daycare and keep pace with population growth and inflation on health and education spending, her campaign was a bullhorn assault on Kenney's character.

It featured websites and speeches highlighting Kenney's past statements against abortion and same-sex marriage and his promise in this campaign to roll back some protections for gay students in schools.

"Mr. Kenney is not being forthright with Albertans when he talks about the idea that his party accepts and supports people in the LGBTQ community. They do not," said Notley, at the mid-campaign leaders debate.

Nearly 700,000 votes cast in Alberta election advance polls

Nearly 700,000 votes cast in Alberta election advance polls Saturday was the final day of advance voting in the 2019 Alberta spring election and after five days, 696,000 advance votes have been cast according to Elections Alberta. During the 2015 election, around 235,000 votes were cast in advance. “We’re thrilled with the turnout at the advance polls this election,” Drew Westwater, deputy chief electoral officer for Alberta, said Saturday afternoon. "We anticipated there would be more because there was an additional day of advance polling being added and because you could vote anywhere.

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Kenney drew a bead on the free-spending ways of Notley's four years in government, with a carbon tax and billions of dollars borrowed to pay for capital projects and program spending.

He wielded Prime Minister Justin Trudeau like a battle axe, referring often to a "Notley-Trudeau alliance" he said had kneecapped Alberta's oil and gas sector.

He painted Notley as a toadying flunky for Trudeau. He said she brought in a provincial carbon tax to placate the prime minister, and didn't push him until recently on a B.C. northern coast tanker ban or on proposed federal changes to approve energy projects — both of which Notley agrees would harm Alberta's bread-and-butter industry.

All of this was done, Kenney said, to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expanded to the B.C. coast. But while the feds ultimately bought the line to keep it alive, it remains tied down in consultations and legal red tape.

A guide to the Alberta election — the most unlikely political showdown in Canada

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"This premier ... sold us down the river to Justin Trudeau and all we got for it is a jobs crisis, a carbon tax and no pipelines," Kenney told a crowd at a whistle stop in Turner Valley.

Notley, in turn, has said Kenney’s "fight back" strategy — including taking Trudeau to court over the federal carbon tax and his energy legislation — is cynical and ultimately self-defeating political theatre.

Political scientist Duane Bratt said Kenney's plan resonates right now with a province hit by hard times and feeling hard done by.

"Right now there is a lot of anger," said Bratt with Calgary's Mount Royal University.

Kenney has had to play defence against so-called bozo eruptions by some of his candidates.

Caylan Ford, an Oxford-trained global politics adviser and arguably the brightest of Kenney's UCP star candidates, resigned on the eve of the campaign for comments viewed as sympathetic to white nationalism.

Eva Kiryakos quit before the nomination cutoff over her comments about Muslims and transgender washrooms.

Mark Smith, the caucus education critic, apologized but did not quit the campaign for an anti-abortion and homophobic sermon delivered years earlier.

Alberta election Day 27: Mandel wants action on fraud; Khan to announce AGLC policy

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Kenney has also had to deal with probes by RCMP and the elections commissioner into allegations of fraud and money laundering in the United Conservative leadership race, which Kenney won in 2017.

On top of that, Mounties descended this past week on the workplace of UCP Calgary candidate Peter Singh, seizing a hard drive and other work items.

Singh has denied wrongdoing and said the items were returned, but hasn't answered questions about the nature of the police investigation.

Calgary pollster Janet Brown said the marquee matchup of Kenney versus Notley never materialized.

"It was supposed to be a battle of the titans and instead it was two quite horrible campaigns," said Brown.

"Kenney was always putting out fires, was always getting off his message. On the other hand, the NDP was always taking shots at Kenney and rarely getting around to telling their own story."

On the fringes have been the Liberals and the Alberta Party.

Each tried its own version of a political Hail Mary to grab attention: the Liberals pitching a sales tax and the Alberta Party warning it would withhold provincial taxes from Ottawa.

Brown says the campaign may have done little to change anyone's mind.

"My read on things is that voters are very frustrated and disappointed with how this campaign went," she said.

"The tactics of both sides have just really resulted in people digging in their heels."

Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

Elections Alberta releases unofficial election results.
Unofficial results of Tuesday's provincial election were released Friday afternoon and show the United Conservative Party with 63 seats and Alberta's NDP with 24 seats. While most of Alberta's 87 ridings were declared on Tuesday night, some of them remained too close to call until all of the out-of-district advance poll results were reported. READ MORE: Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party wins majority government The 2019 Alberta election was the first time the province used a "vote-anywhere" system during the advance polls.

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