Poll indicates AFL president would win Edmonton Centre for NDP
Edmonton – Alberta Federation of Labour president Gil McGowan would win the riding of Edmonton Centre in the upcoming federal election by 14 points if he is chosen as the NDP candidate, says a poll commissioned by the AFL and conducted by Environics, a nationally respected polling firm.
“The Alberta labour movement needed good information in order to make decisions about our approach to the federal election. So we conducted polls in 16 federal ridings in Alberta. In particular, we were interested to see how our president would fare if he ran in Edmonton Centre,” AFL Secretary Treasurer Siobhan Vipond said. “The president’s work and leadership are important to the Federation, so we didn’t want to have to give up Gil to campaign for months on end if he didn’t have a chance of winning. The good news is that it looks like Gil is in a position to win the riding and to contribute to the election of government that is more aligned to the labour movement’s values and priorities.”
The Environics poll showed that McGowan is supported by 43 per cent of decided voters in Edmonton Centre. The Conservative candidate, former Edmonton Chamber of Commerce president James Cumming, was second with 29 per cent. Liberal candidate Randy Boissonnault was third with 23 per cent.
Environics surveyed 547 eligible voters in Edmonton Centre using Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology between June 25-29, 2015. The survey was weighted by age and gender to reflect the demographic makeup of the electorate and it has a margin of error of +/- 4.2 per cent.
If McGowan is successful in getting the NDP nomination, he will be taking a leave of absence to focus on the campaign. The executive committee of the Alberta Federation of Labour has a solid and stable plan for continuity of leadership in the event of Gil’s election as MP for Edmonton Centre.