Election 2023: Campaign Roundup - Day 5
Welcome to Day 5 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 5:
- Danielle Smith appeared on Global News Morning. She discussed the recent dip and then recovery in oil prices and her plans for fiscal responsibility in the event of fluctuations in the market, noting that the UCP paid down debt and has guaranteed a balanced budget. Smith also assured Albertans that, even during the ongoing campaign while the government is in caretaker mode, the wildfire situation in the province is still being actively managed.
- Speaking of wildfires, the Emergency Management Cabinet Committee met today at 2:30 pm to discuss the current wildfire situation. During election periods, Cabinet retains its decision-making abilities with regard to emergency situations, and the government is getting resources to where they need to be.
- Danielle Smith also filmed a video thanking firefighters and encouraging Albertans to stay up to date on all evacuation orders. She offered some tips on things to bring with you if you must evacuate, and reminded people about fire bans and off-road restrictions in many parts of the province.
- Rachel Notley also thanked firefighters for their hard work and urged people to follow the restrictions that are in effect.
- The NDP held an education-focused press conference where Rachel Notley attacked the UCP for cutting education funding and announced the NDP’s plan to reduce class sizes by spending $700 million to hire 4,000 more teachers and educational assistants.
- Adriana LaGrange, UCP Education Minister, said that Rachel Notley’s claims about cuts were a lie and that education funding has increased under the UCP. She also noted that the NDP’s proposed $700 million for new teachers is actually $120 million less than the $800 million the UCP has announced for exactly the same thing.
- Candidates from both parties are imploring people not to vandalize election signs, no matter which party you support. We agree - volunteers work hard to mobilize for the candidate of their choice - the best way to support your preferred party is at the polls!
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