Election 2023: Campaign Roundup - Day 19
Welcome to Day 19 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 19:
- The long-awaited debate between Rachel Notley and Danielle Smith took place last night. If you missed it, we have the full debate available on our website.
- After the debate, many journalists called it a win for Danielle Smith. David Staples, of the Edmonton Journal, summed it up by saying: “Rachel Notley came to attack. Danielle Smith came to rally people around her.”
- RJ Sigurdson, UCP Candidate for Highwood, shared a moving personal story about his father, who was a paramedic. Sigurdson said he’s running and advocating for lower EMS response times to carry on his legacy. He said real change comes from listening to frontline workers.
- Jason Nixon, UCP Candidate for Rimbey - Rocky Mountain House - Sundre, held a media event in Calgary. He said that nowhere felt the negative economic impacts of the NDP government like downtown Calgary and that now, under the UCP, office vacancy rates are going down, and businesses are coming back to the area.
- The NDP celebrated Family Doctor Day and reiterated their plan to get every single Albertan a family doctor.
- The NDP also announced a plan for revitalization efforts in Edmonton. They promised that, if elected, they would invest $1.87 billion into Edmonton projects, including building the South Edmonton Hospital, planning and designing a standalone Stollery Children’s Hospital, affordable housing, and building and modernizing 40 schools.
Adriana LaGrange, UCP Candidate for Red Deer - North, called out her NDP opponent, Jaelene Tweedle, for a tweet she made noting that Charter schools erode the quality of public education and divide communities. Tweedle has since backtracked, but LaGrange questioned her sincerity.
- Finally, if you haven’t had a chance to fill out our second annual Alberta Policy Survey yet, please do so now. 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.
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