Alberta election: UCP wins majority victory over NDP

Clay Curtis
April 17, 2019

Compare that to UCP opponent Nicholas Milliken's 8,662 votes, and the lawyer and business owner-turned politician seems poised to narrowly defeated the incumbent MLA and minister of Service Alberta by just 392 ballots.

Kenney jumped out front in early returns Tuesday in Alberta's election, while Rachel Notley's NDP was holding strong in Edmonton.

The UCP was leading or had won 63 seats, versus 24 for the NDP, according to the latest preliminary results on Wednesday.

The win could reverberate beyond Alberta, setting the party on a collision course with PM Justin Trudeau's Liberals over climate change.

Many Albertans, too, are increasingly unnerved by the province's growing ocean of red ink and angry at the federal government and the provinces of Quebec and British Columbia for grievances including pipeline obstructionism, perceived unfairness in federal spending and seeming indifference for Alberta's troubles.

For his part, Trudeau said he looked forward to working with Alberta's premier-designate to grow the economy and create jobs. "That's all out the window".

Elections Alberta hopes to be done counting before Saturday.

Trudeau said the federal government would continue to work on growing the economy while tackling climate change in a smart way.

"We have fundamentally changed the politics of this province forever", she said.

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For Trudeau, the most immediate impact of Kenney's victory will be on climate change. It also spells more tension between Alberta and Ottawa, as the UCP leader has also vowed to get the federal government in line regarding the now-notorious project.

Notley also tried to make Kenney's character an issue.

Kenney is also a philosophical foe of Trudeau's energy policies, which are based on the idea the nation must secure a "social license" to develop its resources by being more pro-environment and supportive of indigenous concerns.

Mr Kenney campaigned as a champion of the oil sector, promising to fund a "war room" to defend Canada's energy resources at home and overseas.

He also backs measures to prop up Alberta's energy industry, which struggled past year with record discounts on Canadian crude because of pipeline congestion.

Of the approximate 696,000 advance votes cast between April 9-13, Elections Alberta said 223,000 were under the new "vote anywhere" option. "The near-consensus the prime minister had on his carbon framework is - it's safe to say - now in tatters".

He said at the time it was crucial to unite the right-of-centre parties so as to avoid a vote split and to defeat the NDP government. That will restrain Trudeau's efforts to set the national economic agenda. The US does not need our oil as much as a decade ago.

The rest of the provinces have at least three parties represented - many have more, if you include Independents.

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