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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:27 am    Post subject: 2 Alberta provincial by elections on July 12 Reply with quote

( the ndp delayed these by elections and now there going to take place mid summer , a sure way to guarantee very low turnout in alberta , either way it be a shocker if the UCP didn't hold both of them )

Alberta votes: July byelections in Fort McMurray-Conklin, Innisfail-Sylvan Lake

Emma Graney
Updated: June 14, 2018

Byelections have been called in two Alberta constituencies. Perry Mah / SunMedia

Voters in Fort McMurray-Conklin and Innisfail-Sylvan Lake will head to the polls on July 12 to fill seats left vacant by their former MLAs.

Advance polls begin Tuesday, July 3, and end Saturday, July 7.

Parties settled on their byelection candidates some time ago in anticipation of the writ drop. Here are the names on the ballot.

Fort McMurray-Conklin

Voters in Fort McMurray-Conklin are replacing Brian Jean, a former United Conservative Party MLA. He was elected to the seat in 2015 when he was leader of the now-defunct Wildrose Party. Jean retired in March, citing a desire to spend time with his family and rebuild his home, destroyed in the 2016 wildfire. The longtime former MP was defeated by Kenney in his bid for leadership of the UCP.

Brian Deheer (Green Party)

Deheer ran for the federal seat of Fort McMurray-Cold Lake in 2015. He served on the Athabasca Watershed Council and Keepers of the Athabasca Watershed Society boards, and is a member of various other environmental groups. He’s a musician and music instructor.

Sid Fayad (Alberta Party)

Fayad was endorsed as the Alberta Party candidate the same day the writ dropped. Born in Lebanon, he moved to Alberta when he was two and to Fort McMurray in 2008. Members of his family helped open Canada’s first mosque in Edmonton in 1938. Fayad, an entrepreneur, has owned a range of businesses and now runs a granite company. He once appeared on Dragon’s Den after inventing a tongue-mounted toothbrush.

Laila Goodridge (UCP)

Goodridge ran in Grande Prairie-Wapiti under the Wildrose banner in the 2015 election. A longtime conservative volunteer, she helped with Jean’s failed UCP leadership bid. Goodridge was born and raised in the Wood Buffalo region, has served as an adviser to members of Parliament in Ottawa and holds a bachelor of arts, majoring in political science.

Jane Stroud (NDP)

Stroud is a three-term Fort McMurray councillor who has served on numerous committees, including rural, audit and land planning and development. She was also born and raised in Wood Buffalo. This is her first foray into provincial politics.

Innisfail-Sylvan Lake

Innisfail-Sylvan Lake UCP MLA Don McIntyre resigned in February after being charged sexual assault and sexual interference of a girl under 16. Like Jean, he was elected under the Wildrose banner.

Abigail Douglass (Alberta Party)

Involved with the Alberta Party since 2017, Douglass volunteered on Stephen Mandel’s successful leadership campaign. Born in Russia, she moved to a Penhold-area farm as a child. Douglass started the first student council at Gateway Christian School in Red Deer as a teen and served with the student association and Alberta Students’ Executive Council during university. She splits her time between Edmonton and Sylvan Lake and holds a bachelor of commerce degree.

Devin Dreeshen (UCP)

Dreeshen, the son of Red Deer-Mountain View MP Earl Dreeshen, is a fifth-generation local farm owner and longtime conservative party activist. He’s a director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association and was a policy adviser to agriculture minister Gerry Ritz from 2008 to 2015. He now owns a consulting business advising agricultural stakeholders on trade issues.

Nicole Mooney (NDP)

Mooney lives in Sylvan Lake and is an English teacher at St. Joseph’s High School in Red Deer. She also serves as the communications and political engagement officer with Alberta Teachers’ Association Local 80. Mooney became actively involved with the NDP a year ago at the urging of a colleague. She helped start a non-profit in Rocky Mountain House to fundraise for a local spray park.

Randy Thorsteinson (Reform Party of Alberta)

Red Deer businessman Thorsteinson is running under the Reform Party of Alberta banner — the third party he has led in his political career. He is former head of Alberta Alliance, which later became the Wildrose Party. Thorsteinson is also chair of the Strong and Free Alberta political action committee, which promotes conservative fiscal and social policies.


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Economy, rural voices and social issues take focus as July 12 byelection announced

By Vincent McDermott

Thursday, June 14, 2018 6:52:26 MDT PM

The Fort McMurray-Conklin byelection will be held July 12, 130 days after former MLA and Wildrose Leader Brian Jean resigned.

Veteran political campaigner Laila Goodridge, who beat three other challengers for the spot in May, hopes to keep the riding in the hands of the United Conservative Party.

Jane Stroud - who has represented Anzac, Conklin, Gregoire Lake Estates, Janvier on Wood Buffalo’s council since 2012 - is running for the Alberta NDP. She was declared the candidate in May.

Political newcomer Sid Fayad is representing the Alberta Party. Fayad runs Mac Granite and has ran restaurants, a barbershop and a thrift store. His candidacy was announced hours after the byelection date was announced.

Jane Stroud, NDP MLA candidate for Fort McMurray-Conklin and a Ward 4 councillor, waves during the McMurray Métis Festival in Fort McMurray, Alta. on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Stroud is flanked by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, left, and M´´tis Nation of Alberta president Audrey Poitras. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network

NDP putting up a fight

All three candidates are confident their parties will prevail next month, although historically, Goodridge has the advantage.

Provincially, the Wood Buffalo region has favoured right-leaning candidates since 1997, when Guy Boutilier won the riding from the Alberta Liberals for the PCs.

However, the Alberta NDP was able to win new supporters in 2015, when Ariana Mancini won nearly 31 per cent. Despite those gains, more than one-third of voters rejected the NDP.

In recent weeks, Premier Rachel Notley has signalled she plans to put up a fight.

Since Jean’s resignation, eight cabinet ministers and Notley have visited or made announcements affecting the riding.

Goodridge accused the NDP of purposely delaying the byelection in favour of photo opportunities. She also pointed out some of the announcements had already been made elsewhere in the province or through media reports.

“I don’t think the people in Fort McMurray-Conklin were buying it, to be perfectly honest,” said Goodridge.

Stroud said it was important the byelection be called after the Canada Day long weekend and rejected that cabinet ministers were milking announcements for campaigning opportunities.

“I think people are realizing the change in having the NDP in power has meant getting a lot of projects we’ve wanted for years underway,” she said, specifically naming the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and construction of a long-term care centre at Willow Square as examples.

“From day one of this government, they’ve worked collaboratively with this region better than any other past government since I’ve been on council.”

Laila Goodridge, UCP MLA candidate for Fort McMurray-Conklin, speaks with Chief Archie Waquan of the Mikisew Cree First Nation at the McMurray Métis Festival in Fort McMurray, Alta. on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network

Stroud’s supporters have portrayed the UCP as threats to LGBT and abortion rights. They have also called Goodridge an opportunist.

Although she was born and raised in Fort Mcmurray, she ran as a Wildrose candidate in Grande Prairie-Wapiti during the 2015 election.

Goodridge, who was born and raised in Fort McMurray, admits she was a "parachute candidate" during that election, but pointed out she has family roots in the region.

Yet, most people she's met campaigning don’t bring up social issues or where she ran in the last election. Instead, they complain about Alberta’s carbon tax and the NDP’s economic policies.

“All I ever keep hearing is people concerned about the carbon tax and jobs,” she said. “Fort McMurray is my home and I’m very proud to call Fort McMurray home.”

Jane Stroud, NDP MLA candidate for Fort McMurray-Conklin and a Ward 4 councillor, poses for a photo with Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, left, and President Raoul Montgard of Chard M´´tis at a campaign event at the Unifor Local 707-A hall in downtown Fort McMurray on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network

Rural voices will have louder voice

Much of Stroud’s strategy will rely on getting rural residents that have supported her career as a councillor to support her as an MLA.

Stroud is popular in communities surrounding Fort McMurray and has been re-elected to council with strong majorities. When the writ dropped, Stroud was meeting First Nation and Métis leaders in Fort Chipewyan.

However, winning NDP support in the rural areas could be harder than anticipated.

Election results from 2015 show that slightly over 50 per cent of Anzac voters - where Stroud lives - supported Jean with 50.6 per cent, while the NDP won half that amount.

In Janvier, the NDP again placed second, with Jean winning 58 per cent and Mancini getting 27 per cent.

The NDP had better luck in Conklin, Fort McKay and Fort Chipewyan. Respectively, they won 41 per cent, 47 per cent and 72 per cent of the votes.

Rural voters will have a louder voice during this election. The neighbourhoods of Waterways, Beacon Hill and Abasand were the worst hit during the May 2016 wildfire, while Wood Buffalo and Anzac also saw heavy damage

Of the 2,579 homes and apartment units destroyed, 2,189 were in the riding. As of June 1, only 598 homes across all of Fort McMurray have been rebuilt.

All candidates worry how this will impact voter turnout in a region that already sees low turnout at the polls.

Sid Fayad, Alberta Party candidate for Fort McMurray-Conklin, appears in this supplied image sent by the Alberta Party on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Alberta Party runs first candidate in riding

Newcomer Fayad could be a wild card.

Fayad was born in Lebanon and came to Canada when he was 2. However, his family has roots in Alberta dating to the early 1900s. They worked as fur traders, business owners and even helped build Canada’s first mosque in Edmonton in 1938.

He has had family in Fort McMurray since the 1960s and moved north from Edmonton 10 years ago.

Fayad said the NDP and UCP represent “extremes” that would either cripple Alberta’s economy or marginalize people.

“The NDP is the current government and look where we’re at. Fort McMurray is where it’s at because of the NDP and the changes they’ve brought,” he said. “And on the other side is a party that will maybe look after the top five per cent. As the centrist middle party, we want the economy and social aspects kept in balance.”

The Alberta Liberals have yet to announce a candidate.


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Byelection called for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake

Vote to fill empty seat left vacant by Don McIntyre
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Jun. 14, 2018 3:30 p.m./
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A byelection has been called for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake.

The vote will take place on July 14 to fill the seat left vacant when UCP MLA Don MacIntyre resigned in February.

Electors have 28 days to vote by Special Ballot. Advance polls for the election will be held between July 3 and 7.

There are more than 33,000 registered voters in the Innisfail-Sylvan Lake riding. In the 2015 general election there was a 55.4 per cent a voter turnout.

Voters can register online at www.voterlink.ab.ca by June 30. Electors must have an Alberta Driver’s Licence or an Alberta Identification Card to register.

There are four candidates looking to fill the role of MLA in the Innisfail-Sylvan Lake riding.

Devon Dreeshen is running with the UCP, Nicole Mooney is running with the NDP, Abigail Douglass is running with the Alberta Party and Randy Thorsteinson is running with the Reform Party.


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Innisfail-Sylvan Lake by-election called for July 12

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)

June 14, 2018 - 2:30pm

The writ has been dropped for two provincial by-elections, including one for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake.

The vote to choose a new MLA for the constituency will be held on Thursday, July 12. Advance voting will take place July 3 – 7.

The seat for the riding became vacant when Don MacIntyre resigned suddenly on February 5 after being charged with sexual assault and sexual interference. The case is working toward a resolution and is scheduled to return to court in Red Deer on January 11, 2019.

So far, three parties have announced their candidates for the by-election. The United Conservative Party is represented by Devin Dreeshen, the NDP by Nicole Mooney, and the Alberta Party by Abagail Douglass.

Reform Party leader Randy Thorsteinson was also planning to run in the by-election but was withdrawn.

A by-election has also called for the Fort McMurray-Conklin to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of former Wildrose leader Brian Jean.


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UCP fights NDP and complacency in Fort McMurray byelection

Vincent McDermott, Fort McMurray Today
Updated: June 16, 2018

UCP Leader Jason Kenney and Fort McMurray-Conklin candidate Laila Goodridge speak with a supporter while campaigning in the Grayling Terrace neighbourhood of Fort McMurray, Alta. on Saturday, June 16, 2018. Vincent McDermott / Postmedia

FORT McMURRAY — A preview of the battle the NDP will wage during the next provincial election is arising leading to the Fort McMurray-Conklin byelection, said UCP Leader Jason Kenney.

It’s even possible his party could lose the historically conservative riding, he added, if voters become complacent.

“Why do you think the NDP scheduled this for the middle of summer? They want the lowest possible turnout,” he said at a Saturday morning campaign launch for candidate Laila Goodridge.

“If regular working Fort McMurray voters are on holidays and they don’t vote in the advanced ballots, or they stay home or just think this thing is in the bag, we could lose this constituency.”

Hours after the event, Alberta NDP spokesman Mike Brown accused Goodridge and Kenney of running a “fly-in, fly-out” campaign.

Goodridge’s launch included senior party officials from across Alberta, including UCP president Erika Barootes and Prasad Panda, the party’s energy critic and Calgary-Foothills MLA.

“Each campaign or party has people you send up to fulfil some senior roles, but campaigns themselves are built on volunteers,” said Brown, who is an Edmonton and spokesperson for Stroud’s campaign. “We honestly have that in spades.”

Goodridge shrugged off the attack. The party’s leadership was in Fort McMurray for a provincial board meeting scheduled before the byelection was called, she said, and most volunteers at her launch were local residents.

Kenney repeated Goodridge’s accusation that eight cabinet ministers and Premier Rachel Notley made dozens of funding announcements in the riding for photo opportunities before calling the byelection last Thursday.

“I don’t think that’s a coincidence, but I don’t think it shows a serious commitment to this community,” Kenney said in an interview after the event. “They’re desperate to be reelected. If they could win in Fort McMurray, it gives them a hope of reelection.”

The brief war of words occurred within a four-hour window, fulfilling a prediction made by both camps: The NDP are going to fight hard for the riding.

History suggests a summer byelection could hurt turnout for a conservative candidate.

When a byelection was called in the former federal Fort McMurray-Athabasca riding just before Canada Day in 2014, slightly over 15 per cent of voters cast a ballot. The Tories still held the riding, but MP David Yurdiga won with just under 47 per cent of the vote.

With Alberta’s general election expected in spring 2019, the results will indicate how Albertans in rural and oil-rich communities have welcomed Notley’s economic and infrastructure policies.

In the weeks leading up to the byelection announcement, Stroud has listed the start of construction of a long-term care centre at Willow Square as a major infrastructure victory spearheaded by Notley.

She has also backed Notley’s support for the federal $4.5-billion purchase of the Trans Mountain expansion, something Kenney is supporting begrudgingly.

Goodridge says no one has mentioned any recent provincial announcements during her campaigning. Instead, they mostly complain about the carbon tax and the pace of oilsands development.

Stroud’s campaign has indicated the talk is not intimidating them.

“The current government is collaborative and has invested in our community with major projects like Willow Square finally getting underway,” Stroud said in a Thursday afternoon media release. “I would not be running if it weren’t for that and Rachel Notley’s strong stand on the Trans Mountain Pipeline and support for our energy industry and good jobs.”


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have two ridings that should go UCP by massive margins.
If they don't there is a discussion to be had.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cosmostein wrote:
You have two ridings that should go UCP by massive margins.
If they don't there is a discussion to be had.

the concern in Fort Mcmurray seems to be voter turnout , a riding with notoriously low turnout to begin with and now we have a by election in July of all times , the riding also lost a lot of residents in the 2016 fire so that will also bring down the voting totals

although I'd wonder why anyone in the UCP would be expecting higher than normal ndp turnout for the by election ? especially from rural areas of this riding

it seem likely that both parties will see less votes cast in the by election

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the liberals are now also running a candidate , whats so bizarre is there is now 4 centre left candidates running in a riding that is a conservative stronghold ( was only 2 in 2015 election ) , whatever lefty vote there is , will be split 4 ways among the ( ndp , alberta party , liberals and greens )

Liberals enter by-election race

The Alberta Liberal Party announced Nick Jansen as its candidate in the upcoming election
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The Alberta Liberal Party has joined the by-election fray. On June 19 the Liberal Party has added a name to the list of candidates running for election in the July 12 by-election.

It was announced Tuesday afternoon that Nick Jansen will be running for office in the Innisfail-Sylvan Lake by-election.

Jansen is a policy analyst with experience in the energy industry and government, according to a press release from the party.

He says he is running for election to create more jobs within the constituency, while also being fiscally responsible.

“I believe we can create more opportunity and prosperity for families in Innisfail-Sylvan Lake using free market principles and evidence-based policy,” said Jansen.

Jansen is also committed to health care and education in the Innisfail-Sylvan Lake riding, saying he will work towards

improving the “quality of life and increase opportunities for all residents.”

“Alberta families and seniors need a strong social safety net,” he said.

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan said Jansen will help deliver the party’s vision of “opportunity, prosperity, and fairness for all Albertans.”

Jansen joins the race alongside fellow candidates Devin Dreeshen, UCP, Nicole Mooney, NDP, and Abigail Douglass, Alberta Party.

“I look forward to listening to voters and hearing their concerns,” said Jansen.


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( there is also a liberal candidate in Fort Mcmurray Conklin , also a green and alberta party candidate in that riding as well , parties which hadn't normally run there )

Liberals announce Nick Jansen as Innisfail-Sylvan Lake candidate

By rdnewsNOW staff

June 19, 2018 - 1:48pm

The Liberal Party of Alberta is joining the fray now, announcing candidates for two provincial by-elections scheduled for July 12.

In Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, where formler MLA Don MacIntyre resigned earlier this year, Nick Jansen will carry the Liberal flag.

Jansen is a policy analyst with experience in the energy industry and government, a release says.

“I believe we can create more opportunity and prosperity for families in Innisfail-Sylvan Lake using free market principles and evidence-based policy," Jansen says. "I’m also committed to preserving our core services and not cutting health or education. Alberta families and seniors need a strong social safety net. I look forward to listening to voters and hearing their concerns.”

Robin Le Fevre will run in the northern constituency of Fort McMurray-Conklin, where Brian Jean formerly served as MLA.

Party leader David Khan says he is excited about both candidates.

"Both are committed to tackling Alberta’s debt, creating economic opportunity and improving core government services," Khan says. "They believe that good jobs are important but we must also provide quality health care and education for all Albertans.”


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Notley, Kenney raise issues, throw mud during byelection stops in Fort McMurray

Leaders talk about gay-straight alliance ruling, farm safety act updates

David Thurton · CBC News · Posted: Jun 28, 2018 5:26 PM MT | Last Updated: June 28

Jason Kenney and Rachel Notley were in Fort McMurray, Alta., while campaigning for their candidates in the upcoming byelection. (David Thurton/ CBC)

Halfway through a byelection fight, Alberta's political leaders parachuted into Fort McMurray and went to head-to-head over gay-straight alliances and updates to the farm safety act.

Both Premier Rachel Notley and United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney are in Fort McMurray campaigning for their candidates in the upcoming byelection.

NDP candidate Jane Stroud and the UCP's Laila Goodridge are vying to fill the seat vacated by former Wildrose leader Brian Jean. The byelection will be held on July 12.

Provincial issues and some campaign-style rhetoric crept into the leaders' visits.

Notley picked up the attack on Kenney that was started Wednesday by Education Minister David Eggen after a Medicine Hat judge dismissed a bid to delay legislation that stopped schools from telling parents when their child joins a GSA,

Eggen called the decision a defeat for Kenney and his allies, and Notley reinforced that idea on Thursday.

"Jason Kenney supporters and his proxy group failed in their bid to suspend protections for vulnerable young kids in our schools," Notley said. "And we were very pleased yesterday that the courts said to do that would be to make kids unsafe, and they would not do it."

On Wednesday, Kenney said Eggen's comments were an example of the NDP politicizing the issue. He said the UCP respects the ruling from Court of Queen's Bench Justice Johnna Kubik.

"The courts are not political. The courts are independent of politics in our country," Kenney said. "Unlike the NDP, I don't think we should be politicizing independent decisions."

Kenney took the opportunity to be critical of new farm safety rules, still commonly called Bill 6, which come into effect Dec. 1.

​The 17 changes or exemptions to occupational health and safety rules will apply to the province's 4,200 farms and ranches. Kenney said he's committed to repealing the legislation.

"What we hear from Alberta farmers loud and clear — not professional lobbyists but regular hardworking people in agriculture — is that this bill is a massive cost driver for them. It is unnecessary red tape," Kenney said Wednesday evening.

Notley on Thursday said that Kenney's policies are dangerous.

"I think it is incredibly backward looking of Mr. Kenney to suggest we would throw that out," Notley said. "I think quite frankly people will die and families will be left without compensation if he moves forward on that plan. It is incredibly unwise."​​


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I don't envy Rachel Notley's position.

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Interviews with Fort McMurray-Conklin byelection candidates

By Vincent McDermott

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 2:25:17 MDT PM

Alberta legislature

The Fort McMurray-Conklin byelection has been called for July 12, although advance polls are running until July 8.

During the long weekend, the Today interviewed all candidates hoping to represent Fort McMurray-Conklin in the legislature.

Neighbourhoods in Fort McMurray-Conklin include: Abasand, Beacon Hill, Draper, Grayling Terrace, Gregoire, all of Thickwood south of Thickwood Boulevard, Saprae Creek, Waterways and Wood Buffalo.

It also includes all rural hamlets, which are Anzac, Conklin, Gregoire Lake Estates, Fort Chipewyan, Fort Fitzgerald, Fort McKay and Janvier.

You can find your polling location at Election Alberta's website. Our coverage of the byelection can be found here.

Candidates are in the order of the number of seats their parties hold in the legislature. Interviews have been edited and condensed for space and clarity.

Fort McMurray-Conklin NDP candidate Jane Stroud and Premier Rachel Notley speak to supporters on Thursday, June 28, 2018. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network

Jane Stroud, Alberta NDP

Jane Stroud has represented Anzac, Conklin, Gregoire Lake Estates and Janvier as a municipal councillor since 2010. After dealing with the governments of four PC premiers, Stroud says Notley and the Alberta NDP have impressed her the most.

This is a historically conservative riding. How do you feel people in Fort McMurray-Conklin are receiving the leadership of Notley and the NDP?

I’ve been out at the doors and meeting people in Fort McMurray and across the riding. People seem to be more positive about the economy than they have been in sometime.

I live here, I work here, I’m in it for the right reasons. In my years on Wood Buffalo council, I’ve worked on a number of issues in the region and was in the region as a whole.

I believe the residents of Fort McMurray-Conklin deserve a local voice who knows the issues and has a track record of success.

Can issues such as the carbon tax or the province’s pipeline policies resonate with local voters?

On the carbon tax, we needed a climate change plan. That was mandated by the federal government for all provinces.

Putting the climate change plan in place gave us the support from the federal government for Trans Mountain.

That’s a very important project for our region. It offers sustainability and the rate of return will come back to Alberta.

Your campaign has frequently attacked the past political experience of your UCP opponent. Why should Laila Goodridge’s resume be treated with suspeicion?

I’m simply comparing my record to my opponent. When I was a councillor here in Wood Buffalo, Laila was running just three years ago in Grande Prairie and calling that her “home base.”

I’m simply asking if she was a parachute candidate then or now, and why she’s misleading Albertans.

She may have been born and raised here, but I do not believe she is connected to issues in Fort McMurray and certainly not to those in the rural areas and our Indigenous peoples.

You’ve called Notley and the Alberta NDP the best government the municipality has dealt with since you were on council. In what way has this government benefited Wood Buffalo?

Look how long it took to get Willow Square in the ground. Seniors in Fort McMurray-Conklin deserve a place where they can get care with dignity in close proximity to their families.

Also, the helipad at the hospital in Fort McMurray is really important. Many of our residents work outside the urban area and need a direct route to the hospital in case of an emergency. I appreciate the fact the NDP got it done.

With First Nations, they’re working on an addition to reserve in Fort Chipewyan which is important to that community. This past month, we signed a historic, long overdue agreement with McMurray Métis to purchase land from the province.

We’re also at the present time investing in off-reserve housing. The waterline going to rural areas has funding from the province to go to the boundaries of the Fort McMurray First Nation 468 in Ward 4.

Laila Goodridge, UCP MLA candidate for Fort McMurray-Conklin, speaks with Chief Archie Waquan of the Mikisew Cree First Nation at the McMurray Metis Festival in Fort McMurray, Alta. on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network

Laila Goodridge, United Conservative Party

The political resume for Laila Goodridge begins in 2003, when she volunteered on Brian Jean’s nomination campaign to be the Conservative Party’s MP candidate. Since then, she has worked in the Alberta Legislature and on Parliament Hill.

Critiquing your political resume has been a major part of the NDP’s campaign locally. Why should voters not be wary of your past, particularly your 2015 election campaign in Grande Prairie-Wapiti?

To be honest, I don’t think that’s something that’s a fair criticism. I ran in Grande Prairie as a parachute candidate because they were struggling to find candidates after the floor crossing and I did a favour to the party.

It was more out of service and it was not my home. It was a place where my mum grew up and I had family there.

There were many parachute candidates for the NDP during that same election and I don’t hear them criticizing some of those people who are now MLAs.

The NDP government is praising the purchase of the Trans Mountain project as a victory and validation of policies such as the carbon tax. Have policies like the carbon tax helped the oilsands and pipeline projects?

With Trans Mountain, we all want this project to succeed, but it’s the result of inaction from the NDP and their federal Liberal allies that the project faced so much uncertainty that Kinder Morgan wanted to leave.

We’re in the situation we’re in as a result of actions taken by the Liberal government in Ottawa, with no opposition from the Alberta NDP, to halt two other pipelines including Northern Gateway and TransCanada’s Energy East.

This is not a celebration of the carbon tax, this is a lack of action from federal and provincial governments to get private industry to build these pipelines.

The UCP has been attacked as a threat to abortion access and LGBT rights, particularly after every UCP MLA refused to vote on a bill creating no-protest zones around clinics. Should voters supportive of these issues mistrust you?

The UCP has always been very clear we will not reopen this matter. It’s just misdirection from the NDP.

I strongly oppose any form of intimidation or harassment of women. Laws exist to ensure their safety.

If the NDP really believed this legislation was necessary, why had they never raised it once before?

They didn’t do it during decades of opposition, they didn’t in their election platform, they didn’t mention it in nearly three years of government, not even in their throne speech a month prior.

The UCP respects the rights of all people no matter who they are, where they came from, who they love, what they believe or who they pray to.

What I think Albertans want is focus on jobs and the economy, and not revisit social issues.

The rural areas gave the NDP a strong showing in 2015 and now they have produced an NDP candidate. Should you win, what would your approach be regarding reaching out to rural and Indigenous communities?

I believe in the last election if you did a combined PC and Wildrose vote, many rural areas were not clearly NDP.

You have to reach every single person in urban and rural communities and communicate with them.

I would listen to these communities and see what solutions they come up with for their specific communities.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time in rural and indigenous communities in this campaign and heard many of the same concerns, that they’re concerned about the carbon tax and how it affects their life and a lack of jobs in economy.

Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel and Fort McMurray-Conklin candidate camapaign in the Fort McMurray neighbourhood of Beacon Hill on Thursday, June 28, 2018. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network

Sid Fayad, Alberta Party

The Alberta Party is hoping their first candidate to ever run in Wood Buffalo will be a wildcard. This is Sid Fayad’s first foray into politics. Since arriving in Fort McMurray in 2008, Fayad has run several businesses including restaurants, a barbershop and thrift store. He currently runs Mac Granite.

As the first candidate the Alberta Party has ran in Wood Buffalo, how are people receiving the party?

I’m getting a good reception. Voters want and need somebody from Fort McMurray, that has done business in Fort McMurray, has worked in Fort McMurray and gone through the same ups and downs. They don’t want repeat candidates that are career politicians.

What drew you to the Alberta Party over the UCP and NDP?

Our leader, Stephen Mandel, is someone I’ve known for a very long time from when he was mayor in Edmonton. He has a solid track record in Edmonton after he set them up with a good growth plan. Edmonton is now robust and flourishing.

The policies and stances of the party is one of the centre. It’s a balanced party considering the social aspects of the community and the province.

The province has to be balanced and can’t have a government that is extreme left or extreme right, which is what we get from the NDP and UCP. They overpromise and underdeliver. They promise us steak dinner and serve us bologna.

For the last three years, the NDP have said a lot and taken care of a few things, but they’re acting as if they solved all our problems.

But we have a growing deficit. Notley makes us look like we’re embarrassing and caters to the views and ideas of everyone else around the world, but when it comes to Alberta we’re last. We should be first and foremost.

The UCP have a whole wackload of issues with the LGBT community and within their party. Their leader has a bad track record from when he was in federal cabinet.

What local issues would you advocate for in the legislature?

We need more incentives for more action in Fort McMurray. Something like the carbon tax impacts heating our homes when it’s cold nine months of the year in Wood Buffalo.

We pay extra on all the goods and services in Fort McMurray.

And with fly-in, fly-out workers, we built a beautiful international airport that cost millions of dollars, but we’re seeing ridership decrease, hours are being reduced and there are layoffs.

If the system can’t be cut out completely, it has to at least be so any commuters benefit our region.

The airport could be a hub before they go to site, so they’re not just flying over Fort McMurray and taking money away from our community.

Its different with commuters who drive to site from elsewhere because they get gas here, stop for food and maybe spend the night after a long journey. But the people who live here are covering for those people who don’t contribute anything.

Any money made in Fort McMurray should be taxed in Fort McMurray and not bled out of our province.

And of course we have to prioritize a ring road. We have dangerous goods going through our city. Other places have other access routes out, but we have one.

We were lucky the highway was twinned during the evacuation, but if our only access out was blocked, we’re going to have residents stuck and in danger.

How would the Alberta Party get pipelines built and reduce emissions in the oilsands?

We would make sure there’s Indigenous interest and collaboration on every pipeline project. When that happens, pipelines will go through a lot easier. If we don’t include them, we get pushback.

If investors worry about protests and strikes and people blocking routes, we’re not going to see success. We need to get our resources to the west and east coast.

And regarding the carbon tax, Alberta is extremely vast with green tech opportunities. We also have the smallest carbon footprint between all the nations fighting this carbon issue. The NDP are trying to sell the story we are going to be a top carbon reducer, when really we’re already the lowest.

The more we tax people, the tougher it is for us to live. Nobody is happy with the carbon tax.

Robin Le Fevre, Alberta Liberal Party candidate for Fort McMurray-Conklin, stands outside the Election Alberta Returning Office in Fort McMurray's Gregoire neighbourhood on Tuesday, July 2, 2018. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network

Robin Le Fevre, Alberta Liberal Party

This is the second time Robin Le Fevre has ran for a provincial seat in Fort McMurray, despite never having lived here. However, the Edmonton resident is hoping local voters will give his party a chance to understand the community.

As an Edmonton resident, why are you running in Fort McMurray-Conklin?

We have a lot of friends in the area and they needed someone to go on the ballot, and I’m as good a choice as any. We felt it was important there would be a Liberal choice on the ballot.

I guess there’s skepticism when there’s a candidate who has been flown in and hasn’t been a resident.

But my experience is when you’re new to a place, you’re able to see the beauty of the place and challenges all at the same time.

With the optics of having a broader experience beyond local communities, you can bring real value to a community and address some of its issues.

What are those issues you’ve identified in Fort McMurray-Conklin?

Jobs, especially with the oilpatch being as challenged as it is. Also environment issues.

We look at health care as an issue, but it is an issue for everybody.

We want to see our dollars spent well and see programs being delivered well.

What solutions would your party bring to those issues?

I don’t think there’s an easy fix. We have to take a hard look at what the books tell us first and look at ways of improving them.

I don’t have a specific policy issue with respect to something like housing today, but I come from a development background. We looked at different income levels, best ways to deliver infrastructure.

I can’t say I have a strong handle on all of the issues that are near and dear to the people in Fort McMurray-Conklin, but I can appreciate they want a community where they have jobs, health care and credible infrastructure serving their needs.

Adam Germain once represented Fort McMurray as an MLA between 1993 and 1997. After that, Fort McMurray favoured Wildrose or PC candidates. Why should Fort McMurray give your party another chance?

I’ve been around democracy long enough to know people at the end of the day want a good life to enjoy their families and don’t want to be discouraged or distracted from having that good life.

I don’t think people in Edmonton are any different than people in Fort McMurray in that respect.

I think we as Liberals hold the centre. We can bring a balanced approach the other parties don’t. This is a byelection and it’s a great opportunity to give a chance to a new party.

If you don’t like us, you get to replace us pretty fast. But you’ll be surprised with what we can do.

Green Party of Alberta candidate Brian Deheer attends a debate in Fort McMurray, Alta. during the 2015 federal election, when he was running as a Green Party candidate for Fort McMurray-Cold Lake, on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Garrett Barry/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network

Brian Deheer, Green Party of Alberta

This is the third time Brian Deheer has ran in a Fort McMurray election, despite being another candidate that calls another place home. Deheer first ran as a federal candidate during the Fort McMurray-Athabasca byelection in 2014 and again in 2015 in Fort McMurray-Cold Lake. He insists the party is not a threat to the oilsands.

As a resident of Lac La Biche, why should Fort McMurray-Conklin voters consider you?

Certainly it’s preferable that candidates are from the riding they’re running for and in this case I’m not from Fort McMurray-Conklin. But I live just down the road and I feel there’s a lot of things we share in common. Just as there’s an enormous amount of oil activity in Wood Buffalo, there’s considerable amount in Lac La Biche County as well.

People believe your party wants to shut down the entire oilsands. Do you?

That’s not true. If you look closely at our policies, we want to work with industries including the oilsands and see some things done better.

Part of what we need to do is move towards a new energy mix and I find that a combination of conventional fuels - like oilsands and natural gas - as well as renewable and clean fuels - like wind solar and geothermal - are best.

Alberta has huge potential for those renewables. Even oilsands companies are making that shift. I was happy to learn that one of the companies was starting a solar farm. It shows they’re thinking of themselves less as oil companies and more as energy companies.

The more we broaden our energy mix, the better off we’ll be.

How would your party get bitumen to market?

We need to stay open to options and consider all our options.

It’s very important we consider the processing and upgrading closer to the source so we capture more of the jobs and value added.

There’s technology that enables bitumen to be convert into pellets. If it’s transported in that form, there would be almost no risk.

Maybe the solution will be a combo of the above and some rail, maybe some pipelines and maybe upgrading closer to the source.

Why should a riding home to the oilands consider the Green Party?

There’s a lot the Green Party has to offer. It’s different from most of the other parties. Its difficult to place all our policies in the left or right on the political spectrum. We have respect for communities and grassroots opinions, and take the long-term future perspective. What I would bring to this role is looking for opportunities for a stronger local economy.

I feel everyone should have an opportunity for their voice to be heard and all voices need to count. Everyone needs to be included


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cosmostein wrote:
I don't envy Rachel Notley's position.

I think the ndp are using these 2 by elections to test out there message and get a feel for what the mood of the electorate is in alberta rate now

they've already lost the 3 by elections in Calgary that have taken place since they won in 2015 and no one really thinks they have much hope in these 2 , which is why they might have been called for the middle of July

its interesting they have managed to nearly get thru an entire term without having to defend one of there own seats in a by election , that would of been a more interesting test to see if they could hold a 2015 ndp riding

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Advance poll voter turnout for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake by-election

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)

July 9, 2018 - 11:40am
Updated: July 11, 2018 - 4:05pm

Elections Alberta says an estimated 2845 voters turned out for advance polls for the Innisfail-Sylvan Lake by-election.

That works out to about 8.5 per cent of the 33,227 eligible voters in the riding.

The advance voter turnout for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake during the 2015 provincial election was 2826.

Voting day for the Innisfail-Sylvan Lake by-election day is this Thursday, July 12. Polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. A list of voting locations is available at elections.ab.ca.

Five candidates are running to replace Don MacIntyre, who resigned in February. They include Devin Dreeshen (UCP), Nicole Moody (NDP), Abigail Douglass (Alberta Party), Nick Jansen (Liberal), and David Inscho (Independent).


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Byelection advance polls numbers up in Fort McMurray-Conklin

Voters will choose new MLAs in two byelections on July 12

CBC News · Posted: Jul 09, 2018 12:16 PM MT | Last Updated: July 9

UCP candidate Laila Goodridge and NDP candidate Jane Stroud are among five people vying to be the next MLA for Fort McMurray byelection. Sid Fayad of the Alberta Party, Brian Deheer of the Green Party and Robin Le Fevre of the Alberta Liberals are also running. (CBC )

Turnout for last week's advance poll in the Fort McMurray-Conklin byelection was higher than in the advanced vote during the 2015 provincial election.

Numbers released Monday by Elections Alberta show that 1,074 people voted in the five-day advance poll last week, compared to 719 who voted in the four-day advance poll in 2015.

Advance poll numbers for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake for the two votes were similar: 2,845 people voted last week compared to 2,826 in 2015.

The election will be held Thursday.

The byelections were triggered by the resignations of former UCP MLA Don MacIntyre in Innisfail-Sylvan Lake and former Wildrose leader and UCP MLA Brian Jean in Fort McMurray-Conklin.

There are 33,227 registered voters in Innisfail-Sylvan Lake and 13,222 in Fort McMurray-Conklin.

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