Alberta Votes Day Sixteen

May 16, 2023

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The reality of Alberta’s wildfires is sinking in across the province today as smoke rolled into Calgary and Edmonton, significantly decreasing air quality. While the two major cities have been spared from the wildfires to date, both cities are now subject to air quality warnings given smoke and risks from exposure to particles. Local campaigns in Calgary have largely suspended door knocking activities today as a result. On the campaign trail, the NDP released their platform costing which projects a continued government surplus for each of the next three years. Their plan, particularly the corporate tax increase, was criticized by the UCP both online and at an event held by UCP candidate Brian Jean. The back and forth between the parties on corporate taxes and economic track records today sets the stage for Thursday night’s televised debate between Danielle Smith and Rachel Notley, where the topic will no doubt be revisited.  


  • NDP candidate Shannon Philips (Lethbridge-West) and economist Todd Hirsch released a costed economic plan this morning. The plan predicts a $3.3 billion surplus over three years and includes commitments to increase the corporate tax rate from the current 8% to 11% with revenue projected to increase by $6.2 billion. The plan also commits to helping family budgets, ending the crisis in healthcare, hiring teachers and supporting post-secondary education, and supporting economic diversification and growth initiatives. The NDP maintain that, even with their proposed tax hike, Alberta will still have the lowest corporate tax rate among provinces in Canada.  
  • UCP Leader Danielle Smith visited voters in her riding of Brooks-Medicine Hat today. The UCP took aim at the NDP’s proposed business tax increase, saying the 38% tax increase would “chase businesses, jobs, and investment out of Alberta.” In Calgary, UCP candidates Brian Jean (Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche), Chantelle de Jonge (Chestermere-Strathmore), and Pamela Rath (Calgary-Mountain View) held an event criticizing the NDP track record on the economy.   
  • The emergency wildfire situation continues. As of this afternoon, 87 wildfires remain active, with 25 burning out of control.  

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