Alberta Election Week in Review: April 5, 2019
Posted on April 5, 2019
This week the Alberta election took a nasty turn, with both major parties calling for the resignation of candidates in the opposing party. Jason Kenney and Rachel Notley remained steadfast, and both leaders refused to ask for their local candidates’ resignation following recently unearthed controversial remarks.
Much of the week was dominated by party surrogates managing expectations in the media for how their candidates would perform in Thursday evening’s leaders debate. Early analysis seems to show that the media felt that Kenney and Notley battled to a draw in the debate, with neither side gaining an upper hand. Some may ultimately view this is a victory for Kenney, as Notley – trailing in the polls – needed a paradigm shifting performance that would change the dynamics of the election.
Both major parties released their platforms this week to little fanfare. The documents were extremely different, with the UCP platform running 117 pages with a detailed focus on policy specifics. The NDP platform is 44 pages long and serves as a defence of the last four years of NDP rule and a broad vision for the future.
This Week’s Announcements
The major announcements this week were the respective party platforms, with the leaders slowing down their tour schedule in order to prepare for Thursday evening’s debate.
- March 31:The NDP party released their full campaign platform on Sunday at a campaign rally in Edmonton.
- April 1: Rachel Notley unveiled the NDP’s plan to provide full prescription drug coverage to low and middle-income seniors. Premier Notley also defended her government’s Made in Alberta Plan to get more value from Alberta’s resources.
- March 30: Jason Kenney unveiled the UCP platform at a campaign rally in Calgary.
- April 3: Jason Kenney committed to partner with First Nations on major resource projects, including pipelines.
Alberta Party Announcements
- March 29:The Alberta Party announced that their government would introduce a technology development fund.
- April 2: The Alberta Party announced that if elected their government will work to develop an Alberta-to-Alaska railway to guarantee Alberta’s resources have an access to the Pacific coast.
Alberta Liberal Party
- March 31:David Khan unveiled the Alberta Liberals plan for sustainable healthcare.
- April 1:On Monday, the Alberta Liberals announced their plan for affordable dental care.
- April 2:The Liberals announced they would increase funding for mental health and addiction services by 50% in their Mental Health and Addictions Policy.
- April 3: The Alberta Liberals unveiled their Economic Growth Strategy, a plan to reduce the unemployment rate and to create more jobs. The plan is based on three principles – building world class workforce, expanding market access and creating an investment friendly environment.
This week, Charles Adler’s half hour no-holds-barred interview with Jason Kenney was required listening for all campaign watchers.
- Charles Adler – Jason Kenney addresses the Mark Smith tape controversy
- Tristan Hopper – Can Jason Kenney possibly lose the Alberta election?
- Clare Clancy – Party leaders break out their greatest hits in 90-minute debate