After months of speculation, Alberta’s “worst-kept secret” has been revealed: A provincial election has been officially announced!
On Tuesday, April 7th at 10:30am, the Premier of Alberta Jim Prentice was joined by all the Alberta cabinet ministers, MLAs and other PC supporters in a special press conference held at the Crestwood Community Hall in the Edmonton-McClung riding.
A momentous occasion is the ‘dropping of the writ.’ This is an informal term for a procedure where the head of government, the Premier of our province, goes to the head of state, in this case the Honorable Donald Ethel, Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta and representative of the Queen, to dissolve the parliament.
When the writ is dropped, only the Premier and the cabinet ministers remain in their positions, and the MLAs become ‘candidates’, should they decide to run to earn their positions for another term. Then, it is time for incumbent MLAs and their opposing candidates to campaign towards an election, planned for exactly 28 days after the writ is dropped.
Alberta’s upcoming Provincial Election is set for Tuesday, May 5th 2015. The leader whose party wins the most seats in the province will become the next Alberta Premier.
The government is separate from the Legislative Assembly. For example, the non-partisan Leduc-Beaumont constituency will be left in the capable hands of its long-time and skilled constituency assistant Jeannette Giesbrecht, while 3-term MLA George Rogers will be campaigning to win his position back. Ms. Giesbrecht will continue to welcome residents wanting to share concerns and questions, but reminds us that the constituency office is not affiliated with any political party.
George Rogers is the PC candidate. He is ready for a strong campaign and is confident that his long-time and loyal volunteers will do a great job for him during his campaign.
Sharon Smith is the Wildrose candidate who has laid down her groundwork towards a spirited campaign. Her husband Rick Smith, Leduc County Division 1 councillor is her campaign manager and together they look forward to this campaign.
John Stewart is the Alberta Party candidate, a Beaumont resident. Shaye Anderson is the NDP candidate, also a Beaumont resident, while the Green Party candidate is Josh Drozda of the City of Leduc. The Liberals have not announced a candidate at press time.
Based on current information, listing the candidates for the Wetaskiwin-Camrose riding, Verlyn Olson will be running for the PCs, Bill Rock will represent the Wildrose and Bruce Hinkley will represent the NDP.
The Leduc Regional Chamber of Commerce has sent out invitations to all five candidates to attend the Chamber’s monthly luncheon of Friday, April 10th, where the Alberta Chambers of Commerce president and CEO Ken Kobly will act as moderator to the lunchtime forum, relaying questions from the guests.
On Thursday, April 30th, the Chamber is also hosting an All Candidates Forum at the Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts in the City of Leduc’s downtown core.
And so it begins… Signs placed on residential lawns and public areas, door knocking by all the various party candidates, heated debates around family kitchens, coffee shops and corporate boardrooms, candidates shaking hands and kissing babies at public events, the campaign will be heated throughout the province. Voting is a privilege. Albertans 18 years and older can express their confidence in the candidate and party of their choice. Let’s plan to vote on May 5th!