Advance voting continues while leaders talk energy
Posted on April 10, 2019
Advance polling is currently open. If you will be away from the province on April 16, you may vote between April 9 and April 13 at any polling location in the province. Polling locations can be found on the Elections Alberta website.
The Senate’s travelling review process for Bills C-69 and C-48 was in Calgary yesterday for hearings. Bill C-69 would overhaul the current assessment process for large projects in Canada. This includes energy projects such as pipelines. The proposed changes are so significant and damaging for Alberta’s energy industry that many Albertans, including Jason Kenney have taken to calling the Bill the “no more pipelines law.” Bill C-48 would ban oil tankers from operating off the northern Coast of British Columbia. This would ostensibly prevent any pipeline project expected to terminate in that area from being completed. Both Bills are extremely damaging to Alberta’s oil and gas industry and Albertans could be forgiven for believing that regardless of what the federal government says, these Bills are targeted at them and their livelihoods.
Both Bills have become a talking point during this election. Jason Kenney and the UCP allege that the NDP government has failed Albertans by not standing up to the federal government until it was too late. The UCP has also pledged to file a constitutional challenge against C-69 should the Bill pass through the Senate unchanged. The NDPs claim to have fought the Bills as hard as they could have given the circumstances. Premier Notley has sent representatives of her Cabinet to Ottawa in the past to argue against the Bills and yesterday, the Premier testified against C-48 by teleconference. With seemingly continuous attacks on Alberta’s industries coming from Canada’s own government, one of the ballot questions on April 16 will ask which leader is best poised to fight the federal government in defense of Albertans.
Last week’s leadership debate has already been discussed at length, both by Navigator and mainstream media. However, new information and analysis is coming to light from areas that do not necessarily come top of mind when discussing a leadership debate. Google Trends tracks and monitors search terms to display statistics such as popularity and search frequency. Following the debate, searches for the Alberta Party surged well above searches for the three other parties participating. Leader Stephen Mandel stood out as cool, calm, and collected during the debate and even managed to inject his signature brand of humour into what was at times a heated conversation. The Alberta Party has seen a bump in support since the debate and Mandel’s performance appears to have been the catalyst. The questions is – Will this bump translate into actual results on election day?
Navigator’s daily top 5 news story picks
Kenney: UCP will fight to repair economic wreckage of NDP, by Postmedia through the Calgary Herald
- To be released in a daily series of articles, Postmedia has interviewed the major party leaders and asked them to explain why they should be premiere. In this first installment, Jason Kenney shares why he believes the UCP are better positioned to handle an Alberta economy that he accuses the NDP of harming.
Trans Mountain pipeline expansion takes spotlight at NDP and UCP campaign events, by Clare Clancy with the Edmonton Journal
- Rachel Notley spoke on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and told voters that the project is closer than ever to being built, while UCP Leader Jason Kenney promised to bolster provincial power to reduce exports to British Columbia.
Braid: No pipeline? Go north to Alaska, says Alberta Party, by Don Braid with the Calgary Herald
- Don Braid examines a striking idea put forth by the Alberta Party to ship domestic oil by rail to Delta Junction in Alaska. As per Stephen Mandel’s proposition, it would then be transferred by a pipeline to Valdez, where tankers would ship it internationally.
Varcoe: At ‘Ground Zero of the pain,’ Albertans push to derail Bill C-69, by Chris Varcoe with the Calgary Herald
- Chris Varcoe writes about the push being made to derail Bill-C69, which would put a halt to the construction of future energy projects. He discusses how Albertans are past being worried, and are becoming enraged at the prospect of losing out on opportunities that could potentially be very lucrative for them.
Alberta Party saw a spike in Google searches during and after leaders’ debate, by Falice Chin with CBC News
- Referencing data pulled from Google Trends, the CBC’s Falice Chin shares how the Alberta Party was the most searched party during the debate, and Jason Kenney was the most searched individual party leader, with Notley close behind.
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