Published: Wed, April 17, 2019

Trudeau says he 'looks forward' to working with next Alberta premier

Trudeau says he 'looks forward' to working with next Alberta premier

Provisional results at 11 pm eastern (0400 GMT Wednesday), an hour after voting ended, showed the UCP had won 62 of the 87 seats in the provincial legislature.

"What a great day for the province of Alberta", Kenney told cheering supporters after riding into a jammed event centre at Calgary's Stampede Grounds in a blue pickup truck. The party dropped from 52 seats, with the majority of support concentrated in Notley's home base of Edmonton. But cabinet ministers and backbenchers went down elsewhere. In 2015 and throughout her term as premier, Notley shielded her children from public view.

"It has been an honour to serve as your premier and it will be an honour to serve as the leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition".

"Now we need a Conservative government back East", said Rafi Tahmazian, director of investment manager Canoe Financial in Calgary, who voted for Kenney.

Kenney, a former Conservative cabinet minister under Stephen Harper, campaigned on what he derisively called "the Trudeau-Notley alliance". The other frontrunner, Jason Kenney of the United Conservatives, has sent a message that he is "fighting back" against those opposing Alberta, such as the federal government and environmentalists.

"Together, we will address issues of importance to Albertans and all Canadians, including.taking decisive action on climate change while getting our natural resources to market".

Campaign Life Coalition, Canada's national pro-life, pro-family political lobbying group, congratulated Kenney in a press release that blasted the NDP's legacy. That was well ahead of the 235,000 who came out early in the 2015 election that saw Rachel Notley's NDP deliver a surprise to the 44-year run of the Progressive Conservatives.

He was elected Alberta Party leader in February 2018.

Nearly 700,000 people voted early in malls, airports, recreation centres, public buildings and an Ikea store.

The four-week campaign focused on personal attacks and on Alberta's fragile economy, which has been struggling with sluggish oil prices and unemployment levels above seven per cent in Calgary and Edmonton.

Notley, in turn, said Kenney's plan to freeze spending and pursue more private-care options in health care would have a profound impact on students and patients. Both Kenney and Notley have pitched their respective parties and policies as the best way to get pipelines to tide water built in the province. A number of his candidates either quit or apologized for past comments that were anti-LGBTQ, anti-Islamic or sympathetic to white nationalism.

The campaign also featured Alberta's relationship with Ottawa, specifically Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Watch below: Stephen Mandel and David Khan failed to win seats in their ridings.

The UCP were joined by Liberals and the Alberta Party in promising to cut the provincial corporate tax, as a way to attract investment. A large medical lab in Edmonton, part of a plan to consolidate tests, won't proceed.

He also vowed to put a "pause" on the NDP's "ideological" overhaul of Alberta's school curriculum.

Eggen said the NDP will now hold the government to account. A battle is shaping up between Alberta and its neighbour to the west over the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would allow Alberta to ship diluted bitumen to the coast of British Columbia.

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