Premier Notley calls election; Albertans head to polls April 16

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— “Who is fit to be Premier?” Asks Notley —

CALGARY — The coming election will be about who should be Premier and who is fit to be Premier, Rachel Notley said Tuesday. Albertans will head to the polls on April 16.

“Jason Kenney isn’t working for you. He wants two Albertas — one for the wealthy and one for the rest of us. He wants two Albertas, divided over people’s rights” said Notley. “I want to build one Alberta. I say we stick together through this final stage — from adversity to recovery to shared prosperity – that we take care of each other. Let’s keep fighting for a province that works for everyone.”

Notley said her campaign will fight for good jobs, strong hospitals, good schools, and an economy that works for all Albertans. She vowed to continue fighting for pipelines and more refining and upgrading, following through on the largest economic diversification effort since the days of Premier Peter Lougheed.

Speaking to workers and families in Calgary, Notley emphasized her commitment to building a new pipeline to the coast, while defending Albertans from the UCP’s desire for American-style health care. She also spoke to funding the priorities of Calgarians like the Green Line, the Springbank dam and the long overdue Cancer Centre.

Notley appealed directly to Albertans, addressing progressives, moderates, women and young people, as well as conservatives.

“A growing number of conservatives here in Calgary and across Alberta are coming to have serious doubts about Jason Kenney as Premier,” said Notley. “A nasty record of intolerance should have no place in the Premier’s office. If that’s what you’re thinking as a conservative — that you just can’t bring yourself to give your vote to Jason Kenney to be Premier of Alberta — then this time, in this election, let’s team up to keep our province moving forward.”

Notley also addressed the scandal that has engulfed Jason Kenney’s leadership in recent weeks.

“Two days ago, we learned that Mr. Kenney cheated to win his party’s leadership. And when he was caught, he didn’t tell the truth” said Notley. “Mr. Kenney looked Albertans in the eye – and casually and comfortably lied to us.”

While Kenney appears to believe he’s entitled to be Premier, Notley pledged to earn Calgarians’ and Albertans’ support.

“I believe Alberta’s best days are ahead,” said Notley. “That’s why we will keep fighting for you and for all Albertans.”

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