Alberta Election Week in Review: April 12, 2019
Posted on April 12, 2019
This week was all about getting out the vote (GOTV), with both major campaigns transitioning into GOTV mode to drive their supporters to the advance polls. The first three weeks of an election are largely about identifying supporters and honing your message. The final week of a campaign is all about bringing it home.
The first two days of advance voting saw record turnout, with 276,000 Albertans voting in advance polls. In 2015, only 235,000 Albertans voted in all four days of advance voting. Generally strong turnout in advance voting can indicate a desire for change amongst the electorate, but needless to say that voters across the political spectrum are fired up this election cycle.
Jason Kenney and Rachel Notley spent this week delivering closing messages that they hope will be the ballot box issue for voters. Both leaders are ending the election much like they began it. Jason Kenney reiterated the need for change to support jobs, the economy and pipelines, and Rachel Notley continued to suggest that Jason Kenney and the UCP are too socially conservative for Alberta.
Calgary continues to look like the final battleground for this election, with Notley and Kenney spending much of the week campaigning in the city. It appears that the NDP is leading in Edmonton, and the UCP has a strong grip on the rest of Alberta. At this point, whoever carries Calgary will likely be the next premier of Alberta.
This Week’s Announcements
The NDP and UCP largely halted policy announcements this week, focusing their resources instead on GOTV for the advanced polls and campaigning in key swing ridings.
April 9th: Rachel Notley urged the federal Senate to scrap Bill C-48, the proposed tanker ban off the coast of British Columbia.
April 9th: Jason Kenney participated in a rally in downtown Calgary to oppose federal Bill C-69.
April 8th: Stephen Mandel announced his party’s plan regarding Alberta’s agricultural industry.
April 9th: Stephen Mandel announced the Alberta Party’s policy on post-secondary education.
April 10th: Stephen Mandel announced the party’s plan to combat crime in Alberta
Alberta Liberal Party
April 8th The Alberta Liberal Party released their full election platform.
April 10th: David Khan announced his party’s Renters Protection policy.
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