Election 2023: Campaign Roundup - Day 11
Welcome to Day 11 of our Alberta 2023 Campaign Roundup!
With the 2023 Alberta election now finally underway, I'll be bringing you daily updates on all the policy proclamations, platform promises, and political point-scoring from the campaign trail.
Campaign Roundup - Day 11:
- The UCP held a press conference to announce that, if reelected, they will introduce discounts for seniors on government services and user fees. These would include 25% off registry services, medical driving tests, and camping fees, and more.
- After the NDP announced the location of a Danielle Smith media-only press conference on Twitter, NDP protestors forced their way into the press conference and accused Danielle Smith of trying to sell hospitals - something the NDP had also tweeted about in the same thread.
- The Provincial Leaders' Debate was announced for May 18th. Danielle Smith and Rachel Notley will take the stage at 6:00 pm. The debate will be hosted by Global and CTV, and televised on a wide range of channels as well as online.
- Rachel Notley announced a $1.2 billion capital plan for Calgary. Projects would include the north leg of the Green Line, a Cancer Innovation Hub, the North Health Campus, 40 new schools & modernizations, affordable housing, a downtown post-secondary campus, and more.
- Danielle Smith suited up in an apron and served customers at McDonald’s for McHappy Day in support of Ronald McDonald House and children’s charities.
- Rob Miyashiro, NDP Candidate for Lethbridge-East, left an election forum almost an hour early to go to a rally with Rachel Notley. The UCP accused him of running from the media and from the constituents he is seeking to represent.
- A new report was released that showed the cost of Canada’s net-zero plans. It shows that, unlike previous claims, oil and gas would need to be phased out (not just have emissions capped) in order to reach net-zero by 2050. The cost to make that happen would be $100 billion in lost GDP, with Alberta hit hardest - shouldering $60 billion of that loss.
- Albertans have been incredibly generous in their support of wildfire evacuees and many people are looking for more ways to help. Both the federal and provincial governments announced that they will be matching donations to the Canadian Red Cross for wildfire relief efforts. There’s a wide range of groups accepting donations too.
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