Week 2 – Chasing the Narrative
Posted on March 25, 2019
Welcome to week two of the Alberta Election!
After an exciting first week, candidates will be gearing up for the second full week of campaigning. Each party will have used the first week to develop and test their messaging for the remaining weeks.
One of the major stories evolving over the weekend is another candidate resignation from the United Conservative Party. This is the second female candidate to have resigned over past social media comments since the election was called last week. Two other candidates have come under fire for past comments; however, the party leadership has indicated that they both retain the full support of the party.
The UCP are now faced with the challenge of containing the candidate controversy issue and redirecting the public to the narrative they know resonates with the people – jobs, economy, and pipelines. Conversely, the NDP will need to decide in the coming days whether or not they continue their full-on assault of Jason Kenney and focus on the candidate issues or bring economic policy to the front and centre of their campaign.
It is extremely important to note the struggle many parties are having with media penetration. The media has painted the election as a two-horse race, and their coverage has reflected that. Parties such as the Alberta Party or the Alberta Liberal Party have struggled, and will likely continue to struggle to receive any attention during this election.
The leaders debate is one of the most important days of the election campaign. The debate gives Albertans the opportunity to watch their potential Premiers battle it out in real time. Each campaign typically has at least one debate and it was speculated that the NDP may push for multiple due to a perceived strength in the area. Despite this, no debates have been scheduled for the coming weeks.
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UCP leader says ‘real tension’ lies behind Albertans’ support for secession , by the Canadian Press through Global News
Jason Kenney is reported here as sharing that “50 per cent of Albertans surveyed said they support secession from Canada.” These comments are followed by an assessment of the public reaction to Bill C-69 and its effects on pipelines.
‘Sky-high costs’: Notley hints major announcement on childcare at Edmonton rally, by Clare Clancy and Trevor Robb with the Edmonton Journal
NDP Leader Rachel Notley teased a major announcement that she will make on Monday regarding child care, citing that “too many young families face sky-high costs for child care.”
NDP alleges Calgary-Mountain View UCP candidate linked to conversion therapy program , by Yolande Cole with the Edmonton Journal
The NDP has focused an attack on Jeremy Wong, the UCP candidate for Calgary-Mountain View. The basis of their criticism is Wong’s alleged involvement in a conversion therapy program called Living Waters, now known as Journey Canada. Wong has since stated he is not affiliated with the group, but clarified that he had attended their events before, which were targeted toward spiritual healing and were “safe and accepting” events.
Alberta Election: UCP holds commanding lead as campaign begins , from the Angus Reid Institute
This study shows an Angus Reid Institute poll that revealed 56% of respondents would vote for the UCP to the 31% in favour of the NDP, if the election were held tomorrow. This advantage did not exist in Edmonton specifically, where the NDP received 45% of vote intention to 44% for the UCP, for those polled. Several other takeaways are shared.
Economy named most important issue to Alberta voters, Vote Compass survey says , by Jade Markus with CBC News
After more than 30,000 people responded to a survey from Vote Compass, it was revealed that the most important issue in the Alberta Election was the economy. This determination was reflected by respondents of all age groups, but the study found that the economy was more important to those in Calgary, where the environment was more important to Edmonton residents. This is in contrast to 2015’s study which showed accountability to be the most important issue.
Calgary UCP candidate quits, blames threat of ‘smear’ campaign, by Ryan Rumbolt with the Calgary Herald
The United Conservative Party candidate for Calgary-South East has resigned after receiving “threats” from someone who planned to “smear” her by publicizing controversial social media posts.Back to The Alberta Election Guide