Premier Rachel Notley has finally done it - she has called the Alberta election. Voters will head to the polls on April 16th, where they will decide if they want four more years of Rachel Notley’s NDP, or if they want to take Jason Kenney's new United Conservative Party out for a spin.
Rachel Notley was in Calgary today where she announced the election at a small NDP rally. It's widely believed that the election will be fought in Calgary. Edmonton has historically leaned NDP, while rural Alberta is safely conservative. The NDP actually swept Alberta’s capital city last election, and it remains to be seen if the UCP will bring in a blue wave to Edmonton.
As is typical for the mainstream media they are attacking conservatives, and conservatives exclusively. The attack against Jason Kenney for right now is what they're calling the Kamikaze Scandal. Allegedly one of Kenney's fellow leadership candidates, Jeff Callaway, ran his campaign with the premise of sewering it halfway through the race, and eventually direct campaign resources to promote Kenney and his message.
Granted, it is really not much of a scandal from an American perspective, it's the sort of political maneuvering that is very common in American primary elections; but hey, it's important to the mainstream media so here we are.
Since no other journalists in Alberta seem to want to talk with real Albertans, I hit the streets in Calgary to ask voters what matters to them this election.