CALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has called an election
for April 16.
Notley asked cheering supporters standing behind her in Calgary
this morning if they are ready to fight for an Alberta that benefits
everyone.
A new session of the legislature began Monday with a throne
speech that focused on the NDP government’s accomplishments in the
last four years _ from building schools, roads and hospitals to
providing more supports for seniors, students and those in need.
It also criticized the former Progressive Conservative
government, and said the New Democrats have been working to overcome
the failures of the past.
The spring election will be the first for the United Conservative
Party and its leader Jason Kenney, a federal cabinet minister under
former prime minister Stephen Harper.
The United Conservatives were Kenney’s answer to unite the right,
and were born out of a merger of the Alberta Tories and what was the
Opposition Wildrose Party.
By law, the election had to be held by May 31.
(The Canadian Press)