EDMONTON—By microphone and megaphone, Alberta’s political parties spent the last 28 days laying their provincial election platforms bare, proposing policies on everything from pipeline projects to child care plans.
With election day upon us, as members of the public decide which politicians will stay and who will go and candidates scramble to win over the last few undecided hearts and minds, follow the Star for updates and highlights from key ridings as the results roll in.
12:30 p.m. Ontario Premier Doug Ford ‘hopeful’ Jason Kenney will be elected
Premier Doug Ford expressed hope that Jason Kenney’s United Conservatives would topple Rachel Notley’s New Democrats and give Ontario another ally in its battle against Ottawa over carbon-pricing measures.
“This is a fight that we have to continue, and hopefully today we’ll have another partner with my good friend Jason Kenney. Hopefully he’ll be elected premier of Alberta,” Ford told reporters in Markham.
10:30 a.m. Alberta Party Leader casts his vote
Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel walked up to the polling station hand in hand with his wife Lynn Mandel to cast his ballot.
“I was asked by media who I voted for, I said I wanted to keep my choice secret,” Mandel said in a tweet after casting his cote. “I did say I voted for a pretty good looking guy!”
9 a.m. Polls open
After a contentious 28-day campaign, Albertans headed to the polls starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning. Elections Alberta saw the highest voter turnout during advanced polls in the province’s history. About 696,000 people cast their ballots between Tuesday and the Saturday before the election.
But advance ballots cast outside of voters’ home electoral districts won’t be counted until midday April 17, the day after the election. Out of the total number of advanced ballots cast, 223,000 were from voting stations outside of voters’ home districts.
“If there’s any close races, obviously across the province everybody’s going to be waiting for us to get these results out and counted,” Drew Westwater, Elections Alberta’s Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, previously told Star Calgary.
With files from Robert Benzie