Election 2023: Campaign Roundup - Day 9
Welcome to Day 9 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 9:
- The UCP revealed their Safe Streets Action Plan and Danielle Smith promised that, if reelected, violent offenders out on bail will be required to wear ankle bracelets for 24/7 monitoring. Smith said that a UCP government will no longer tolerate Albertans feeling unsafe on their streets.
- Mike Ellis, UCP Candidate for Calgary-West, reiterated support for police officers and commented on the NDP’s “defund the police” rhetoric.
- The NDP, meanwhile, announced their Hometown Alberta plan, a program to build and improve community facilities across the province. Under the program, the NDP would support municipalities and non-profits to expand local community facilities, like hockey rinks and other sporting facilities, as well as religious, cultural, and other public-use spaces.
- Rachel Notley also promised a new Teaching Clinic in Lethbridge to bring new medical students and medical residents to the area.
- NDP Candidate for Lethbridge-East, Rob Miyashiro, was asked about his retweeting of an insensitive comment making light of the wildfires. He doubled down, saying that he had no comment to make other than telling people to look at his tweet.
- Officials from Alberta Emergency Management Agency and Alberta Wildfire held a press conference to provide wildfire updates. They reminded Albertans of the fire ban and off-highway vehicle restrictions and asked that people continue to follow the rules so that firefighters can focus on the current fires instead of dealing with new ones.
- The Government also announced that anyone who has been evacuated as a result of the wildfires can join a nightly town hall to receive updates and have their questions answered. The town halls begin at 7:30 pm.
- Finally, the requirements to access wildfire relief funds were simplified to ensure more Albertans are eligible. Everyone who has been forced to evacuate for seven days or more will now be able to access the funds, whereas previously, the seven days had to be consecutive.
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