Conservative wave could threaten Canada’s Trudeau

Saul Bowman
April 18, 2019

Jason Kenney will be the next premier of Alberta.

Kenney has argued that Notley's government has made a bad situation worse with higher taxes, more regulations and increases in minimum wage. Canada now has six provinces with conservative-leaning governments, including the Coalition Avenir Quebec, that account for more than 80 percent of the nation's economy.

"The number of foreign-funded activists that have been targeting Canada and targeting infrastructure is inappropriate and damaging, so if we could get that foreign special interest out of our policy debates, that would be very helpful", McMillan said.

He says that will change.

His victory over New Democratic Party Premier Rachel Notley restores the status quo in a province that until her 2015 victory had a decades-long run of conservative leaders.

The pipeline problem has become Alberta's Achilles' heel, costing it billions in lost profits from crude oil exports as production grows but existing pipelines can not cope with the additional load. That same year, he won the UCP leadership handily in a contest later marred by controversy.

The United Farmers of Alberta, which governed the province from 1921-35, got out of politics altogether after being defeated by the Alberta Social Credit Party, which in turn was ousted in the 1971 election and saw its support collapse in the 1975 vote.

Notley's New Democrats have been swept from power in the Alberta election by Jason Kenney and the United Conservatives.

At present, Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel and Alberta Liberal Party leader David Khan have not won seats, and their parties are projected to lose their seats in the legislature.

"Help is on the way and hope is on the horizon".

Several former NDP cabinet ministers have gone down in defeat in the Alberta provincial election.

They also back measures to prop up Alberta's energy industry, which struggled past year with record discounts on Canadian crude because of pipeline congestion. At the same time, Canadians are reluctant to give one party unchecked power at both levels of government, and Trudeau is already trying to cast himself as a foil to an all-out conservative tilt in the country in a bid to galvanize his supporters.

In the wake of the UCP's victory in the Alberta election over Premier Rachel Notley's NDP government, the head of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers called for the federal election this fall to also be fought on economic issues. NDP candidate Parmeet Singh received another 44.7 per cent of the vote with 5,853 ballots, with the Liberal's Deepak Sharma and Alberta Party candidate Jasbir Dhar making up less than 10 per cent of the remaining votes. The other 50 newly-elected lawmakers were political rookies with diverse backgrounds including yoga teaching, medicine, law and sales, handed the task of steering Alberta through a crippling recession triggered by the 2014-15 global oil price crash.

Kenney has called the attacks a "fear-and-smear" red herring to distract from the NDP's economic track record of multibillion-dollar budget deficits and soaring debt.

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

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