Environment charities may benefit from new Alberta premier's vow to fight them

Erika Holt
April 18, 2019

He said Alberta plans "to fight back" and "build those pipes".

Other groups Kenney mentioned don't focus on Canada.

To the rest of Canada, the United Conservative leader says his government will stand up for Alberta.

In comments emailed from the sidelines of the CAPP conference, CEO Grant Fagerheim of Calgary-based Whitecap Resources Inc. said he supports all of Kenney's major promises, including his pledge to spend up to $30 million to combat misleading news reports about the industry, and to create a war room to examine foreign-funded anti-oil campaigns. The NDP was leading in 26.

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Notley says she accepts the decision of voters and wishes Kenney well.

Kenney also won the election on a promise to be more forceful with other provinces, saying that Albertans feel its neighbours are happy to share in the bounty of Alberta's oil wealth while opposing measures like pipelines to help it grow.

The Liberals, led by lawyer David Khan, are running a similar platform with one significant exception - a provincial sales tax.

The NDP's former culture minister, Ricardo Miranda in Calgary-Cross, as well as Danielle Larivee, the former children's services minister, in Lesser Slave Lake, both lost to UCP candidates.

United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney delivered a historic defeat to the province's first NDP government and his UCP will form a majority government replacing Rachel Notley's team, in near complete reversal of electoral fortunes. Lorne Dach of the NDP is projected to win the riding.

He was named minister of health in the Progressive Conservative government of Jim Prentice in September 2014 despite not holding a seat.

"Albertans have hired us to lead a constructive and effective opposition", she told supporters.

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The 73-year-old served as mayor of Edmonton for three straight terms.

Unlike the party's more concrete policy proposals - such as a corporate tax cut from 12 per cent to eight per cent, or a one-third reduction in regulations - the UCP's fight-back strategy is among its most loosely defined.

The unofficial results give the UCP 63 seats and the NDP 24.

"It will be more like 2020, 2021 before we start to see any benefit from changes at the provincial level".

Alberta's incoming United Conservative Party government can do nothing to save Edmonton's economy from what is expected to be a hard year, says the city's chief economist.

In 2015, the conservative vote (52 per cent) was split between the Wildrose Party and the Progressive Conservatives. That's exactly what happened on Tuesday - vote-splitting on the right ended and so did the NDP's time in government.

He was chosen as the new party's leader in the fall of 2017, and became a member of the legislature when he won a byelection in Calgary-Lougheed that December.

Canada's CBC Newsfelt a political quake rumbling from Alberta toward Ottawa, as the UCP's victory "could mark the start of a new chapter in federal politics".

She helped the NDP end decades of conservative rule in the province after winning in 2015.

"Kenney should waste no time in repealing the NDP's unconstitutional Bill 9, which banned peaceful, pro-life expression on taxpayer-owned public sidewalks within 50 metres of abortion facilities", said Jack Fonseca, political operations director for Campaign Life Coalition.

Kenney - an outspoken and articulate former cabinet minister under ex-prime minister Stephen Harper - has made it clear he plans to oppose Trudeau on issues including the carbon tax and equalization payments, and so far has made good on his word, said fellow former Tory front-bencher Stockwell Day.

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