Here’s a little scoop for you.
Alberta’s provincial election will take place in May 2019.
At least that’s what Premier Rachel Notley seemed to suggest the other day while speaking to journalists.
She wasn’t talking specifically about the election date, but about one of her favourite topics: bashing United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney.
Notley was taking a shot at Kenney’s promise that he’d not only scrap Alberta’s carbon tax after winning the next election, but he would also join in a legal cabal with Saskatchewan and Ontario to fight a federal carbon tax.
“We need to think about folks who start making plans for when the people of Alberta elect them into a position that they don’t currently hold 11 months beforehand,” Notley said Tuesday. “Because what I will say is I was here in 2015 and part of the way we won the election was we said, ‘You know what? The arrogance and entitlement of the past, that’s not a thing that’s cool.’ And Albertans said, ‘That’s not really a thing that’s cool.’ And maybe Mr. Kenney ought to change his dial just a little bit there.”
Never mind Notley’s colourfully simple analysis of the last election, look at what she said about the next election.
We are “11 months beforehand.”
So, it would seem the election will be held in May of next year.
Notley didn’t mention a date or give any other details.
Of course, anybody familiar with the province’s election guidelines knows that Notley is supposed to hold the election sometime between March 1 and May 31, 2019. So, the fact that she would hold it in May is not exactly Earth-shattering news.
Well, I did say this was a little scoop.
What might come as a bigger surprise is that beer is becoming a campaign issue.
Kenney has said he wants the government to end all tariffs and subsidies on beer. He is taking particular aim at the grants given to Alberta’s craft breweries under a program that this week was deemed by a trade tribunal to be unfair to brewers outside the province. (The Alberta government is reviewing the ruling and says it will make changes, but insists it will continue to support local craft brewers).
Kenney is embracing beer as an issue because a promise of cheap pints seemed to help Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives win the Ontario election last week.
“Doug Ford is going to make beer cheaper in Ontario,” said Kenney. “I’m going to do …read more
Source:: Edmonton Journal – Politics