Election 2023: Campaign Roundup - Day 17
Welcome to Day 17 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 17:
- The details for the debate showdown between Rachel Notley and Danielle Smith are now finalized. It will take place tomorrow night 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.
- At the Alberta Institute, we launched our second annual Alberta Policy Survey. We’d love to get your opinion on what issues are most important and what solutions should be proposed to solve them. Filling out the survey will only take about 5 minutes, but will really help our researchers decide where we should focus our attention as an organization.
- The NDP said that family farms need a break and reiterated that their plan to eliminate the small business tax will apply to family farms. Perhaps that will help farms break even (unlikely) when they are forced to pay WCB premiums for family members who pitch in and higher carbon taxes?
- Rachel Notley also announced that Albertans would have access to $10 per day childcare by the end of 2024, including after school care.
- UCP Candidates Demetrios Nicolaides (Calgary-Bow) and Devin Dreeshen (Innisfail-Sylvan Lake), took questions from the media in Calgary. They said that, with a conservative government in Ottawa and Alberta, there will be no more carbon tax.
- Dreeshen also reminded Albertans that the NDP were responsible for an increase in monthly power bills by speeding up the phase-out of Alberta coal power plants. He opposed their plan to move the electricity grid to net-zero by 2035, saying it would drive up prices even further.
- Calgary Sun columnist Rick Bell wrote a piece about a recent conversation with Danielle Smith. In the article, Smith says that the NDP are trying to fool people into thinking they’re moderates and that Rachel Notley is only pretending to be a progressive conservative. She said that the NDP is not moderate - they’re ideological.
- Danielle Smith also attended an event in Medicine Hat, which she said drew a crowd of more than 300 people at noon on a workday.
NDP candidates David Shepherd (Edmonton-City Centre) and Cam Heenan (Leduc-Beaumont), held a press conference to announce the party’s plan to reduce EMS response times. They announced increased funding for EMS and better working conditions for paramedics.
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