Alberta Back In Blue

After a long election campaign fraught with controversy, allegations of all kinds, and worried voters on all sides, the 2019 Alberta Provincial Election has come to a close with an elected United Conservative Party majority government, led by Jason Kenney. The UCP started the night in the lead and stayed there, finishing with 63 seats filled. Having managed to take the remaining 24 seats in the Legislature, the NDP will transition from government to official opposition. With the campaign behind them, the UCP will soon be starting their very first term with the difficult job of governing the province–one made even more challenging by hard economic conditions.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson offered congratulations to Kenney and his caucus in a statement released Monday night. He said he “[looks] forward to working with Mr. Kenney and all of Edmonton’s elected MLAs to continue to make Alberta a province we are all proud of and an even better place to live.”

For those interested in Edmonton’s planned infrastructure expansions like the LRT, the UCP made a commitment to the city’s existing deal in their party platform, which Iveson thanked them for.

If you have been keeping up with The Bolt’s coverage of the election (and pre-election) events, you may remember that some students raised concerns over a particular component of the UCP policy declaration which would alter student fees and their status in their students’ associations. This portion of their post-secondary policy has not been a topic of any discussion since then and is absent from the UCP’s official party platform. If there are further developments on this issue, we will provide updates as information becomes available.

For now, things can finally cool off in Alberta (just in time for summer)–at least until the federal election next fall.

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