May 08, 2023
- Mainstreet Research: UCP 50, NDP 43
Since Friday, the election campaign has largely taken a backseat as a wildfire emergency continues across Alberta. UCP Leader and Premier Danielle Smith returned to Edmonton and Alberta’s Emergency Management Centre. She met with NDP leader Rachel Notley on Sunday, discussing how to support Albertans during the wildfires, and is keeping the Opposition Leader informed of the active Provincial State of Emergency. The two also visited an evacuation centre in Edmonton and the Premier later visited affected wildfire areas. Financial assistance for those under mandatory evacuation for seven days or more will be available online. $1,250 will be available to adults and an additional $500 will be available for dependent children. While the state of emergency has provided some pause to several aspects of the campaign, particularly in affected areas, the campaign continues in other respects.
- Premier Smith had a call with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this morning, formally requesting federal assistance for the wildfire situation. The Government of Alberta has sent a letter formally outlining a request for assistance to federal Ministers Blair and Mendocino.
- In Edmonton, UCP Leader and Premier Danielle Smith, alongside Public Safety and Emergency Services Minister Mike Ellis and provincial officials, provided an afternoon update on the wildfire situation.
- In Calgary, NDP leader Rachel Notley re-committed that an NDP government would stay within the Canada Pension Plan. The NDP leader also announced plans to provide homecare to 20,000 additional Albertans through a $100 million over four years commitment.
- It was announced today that the Alberta Provincial Leaders Debate will be held on Thursday, May 18 at 6 PM, co-hosted by Global News and CTV News. The debate will be televised live on Global TV, CTV, CBC and CityNews across the province, along with a live stream on Postmedia.
- The NDP attacked the UCP leader today over comments she made about coronavirus vaccination in 2021. The newly resurfaced video prompted the Premier to “apologize for any offensive language used regarding this issue made while on talk radio or podcasts during my previous career.”
In the News
- Global News – “Candidates temporarily suspend election campaigns amid Alberta wildfire emergency”
- CTV News – “CTV News to co-host Alberta leaders debate May 18”
- Edmonton Journal – “Promises made: where the NDP and UCP stand on top issues in Alberta election campaign”
- Western Standard – “Moe keeps an eye on Alberta’s election”
- Calgary Sun – “Election winner needs to bring plan to fix health-care staffing gaps: Alberta surgeon”
- CityNews – “Alberta premier faces questions over premature disclosure of state of emergency”
- Global News – “Notley promises to protect pensions, improve homecare if NDP wins Alberta election”
- Globe and Mail – “Parties see record requests for lawn signs during Alberta election”