Advance Polls are Open – Voting Begins
Posted on April 9, 2019
While election day is still six nights away, many Albertans will have the opportunity to vote in advance polls starting today. Between April 9, and April 13, Albertans who will be away from the province on election day may vote in the advance polling. For the first time ever, Albertans who chose to vote in the advance polls may do so at any polling place, not just in their home riding. This is meant to help encourage Albertans to vote by making the process as convenient as possible. Once advance polling closes, the ‘vote anywhere’ ballots are taken to a central location for counting on election day. A list of advance polling locations can be found on Navigator’s Guide to the Alberta Election under “Election Resources” or by clicking here.
Albertans identified pipelines as one of the key issues of this election campaign and yesterday both Jason Kenney and Rachel Notley were talking pipe. The pipeline at the top of everyone’s mind is very obviously the Trans Mountain expansion project which has been frozen since a Federal Court of Appeal ruling in August of 2018. Since then, the National Energy Board has investigated the effects of increased marine traffic off the west coast of British Columbia and the federal government has continued the revised consultation process with affected Indigenous groups. Notley and Kenney have taken two different approaches to getting the pipeline built. The Premier was clear from the get-go that her strategy has and will continue to be more honey and less vinegar. In her mind, governments at all levels understand that this is a project that needs to get done and through an information and pressure campaign lead by Alberta, it will be completed. In fact, Notley suggested that federal approval is coming in May, and shovels will be in the ground by the autumn.
Jason Kenney’s approach to this problem is the polar opposite. The UCP has spent the entire election campaign suggesting the NDP government has intentionally hamstrung the energy industry at every turn and has no intention of building the pipeline. Kenney has promised to aggressively defend the interests of Alberta’s energy sector by any means necessary and said yesterday that a UCP government would use the “turn off the taps” legislation that the current NDP government passed last year. This legislation would give the Minister of Energy the option to restrict oil and gas exports to other provinces if needed. There is some debate over whether or not this legislation would survive a court challenge if it was ever actually implemented, however, even if this is a purely political move, the message is clear – a UCP government would make Alberta’s energy industry a top priority regardless of the cost.
Navigator’s daily top 5 news story picks
Rachel Notley has won the respect of Albertans. Can she win their votes again?, by Justin Giovannetti with the Globe and Mail
- This article from Justin Giovannetti discusses how Alberta has perceived Rachel Notley over the course of her four-year tenure as premier and questions if she has done enough to count on the vote of those that respect her.
Sales tax, basic income and more teachers: Khan unveils Alberta Liberal platform, by Sammy Hudes with the Calgary Herald
- Alberta Liberal leader David Khan outlined his party’s platform on Monday, anchored by a promise to eliminate income taxes for 7 in 10 Albertans, and replace the revenue with a provincial sales tax.
Alberta Election Day 21: Kenney pledges to ‘turn off the taps’ to B.C., Notley expects pipeline approval by ‘end of next month’, by Trevor Robb with the Edmonton Journal
- On day 21 of the campaign trail, Rachel Notley appeared in Edmonton to discuss the Trans Mountain Pipeline’s construction, Jason Kenney rallied in Medicine Hat to discuss relations with British Columbia, and David Khan made a platform announcement in Calgary.
Corbella: Presumption of innocence eroded by NDP in Alberta election, by Licia Corbella with the Calgary Herald
- Licia Corbella criticizes the NDP, and several others, for painting a picture of guilt around UCP MLA Jason Nixon. Corbella reminds readers of a presumption of innocence that our legal system recognizes, and suggests that it is unethical to uninformedly insinuate guilt for political gain.
Advance polls open for Alberta election, by CBC News
- Voters across the province can cast their ballots early this week, in advance of election day on April 16. The advance polls will be open Tuesday through Saturday, with hours varying by location.