Jason Kenney will be the next premier of Alberta.The United Conservative Party cruised its way past Rachel Notley and the New Democrats to take a majority in the Alberta legislature.The UCP victory caps Kenney’s three-year effort to unite Alberta’s conservatives parties and unseat the one-term NDP government.The United Conservative Party has formed a majority government.As of 10:15 p.m., premier-elect Jason Kenney’s party is leading or elected in 62 ridings, with the NDP leading or elected in 25. There are 87 ridings in Alberta, and 44 are needed to form a majority government. Approximately 6,289 polls of 7,337 are reporting.In 2015, Edmonton had 19 provincial ridings, and NDP candidates claimed all of them. In fact, they all won their ridings with a majority of the vote, even in ridings where they faced several challengers.This time, with the boundaries redrawn, the city has 20 ridings. With one new riding, and three incumbents not seeking re-election, Edmonton will have at least four new MLAs after today, no matter who wins.
This is a rolling story that will be updated throughout the day as results come in. UPDATE: 11:05 p.m. — Riding Results• NDP’s Feehan holds on in Edmonton-Rutherford • Edmonton-City Centre: David Shepherd handily hangs on to downtown riding• Rachel Notley holds Edmonton-Strathcona on disappointing night for NDP• David Eggen re-elected in Edmonton-North West victory• Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview returns Deron Bilous to the legislature• Edmonton-McClung incumbent Lorne Dach holds tight lead over UCP• Rakhi Pancholi holds Edmonton-Whitemud for NDP• Edmonton-Gold Bar retained by NDP incumbend Marlin Schmidt• NDP’s Sigurdson wins Edmonton-Riverview• Edmonton-Decore remains in hands of NDP incumbent Chris Nielsen• Nicole Goehring holds on in Edmonton-Castle Downs• NDP’s Jasvir Deol overcomes UCP star candidate Len Rhodes in Edmonton-Meadows• Kacyee Madu wins Edmonton-South West in tightly contested battleground• NDP’s Rod Loyola takes second term in Edmonton-Ellerslie10:15 p.m. — Jason Kenney gives victory speechPremier-elect Jason Kenney spoke to a packed crowd of UCP supporters in Calgary after his party swept the NDP towards a majority government in the Alberta legislature.“Help is on the way and hope is on the horizon,” Kenney said.“There is a deep frustration in this province,” Kenney said. “Albertans are going through a time of trial…we have been targeted by a foreign-funded campaign of special interests seeking to land-lock Canadian energy.”Kenney gave a stern warning to anti-oil groups, including David Suzuki, saying “your days pf pushing us around with impunity have just ended.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement Tuesday evening congratulating Kenney on his victory.“I look forward to working with the provincial government to create good, middle class jobs, build infrastructure, and grow the businesses and industries at the heart of Alberta’s prosperity so the province can remain competitive in our changing economy,” Trudeau said.“Together, we will address issues of importance to Albertans and all Canadians, including supporting canola producers, and taking decisive action on climate change while getting our natural resources to market.”9:55 p.m. — Alberta Party crushedAlberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel could not save the party as it lost all three ridings it held when the writ dropped and he was a distant third in Edmonton-McClung, beaten by NDP incumbent Lorne Dach.The former Edmonton mayor and Progressive Conservative cabinet minister lost the southwest riding to Dach who held more than 43 per cent of the vote by 9:30 p.m. Mandel was running in third place with just over 21 per cent of the vote, as UCP candidate Laurie Mozeson held second with 34 per cent.In concession, Mandel said his future with the party is up in the air and he is open to a review of leadership.“I think that it’s not unreasonable at some point in time for the board to make a decision to say bring on somebody younger … who can take the party through the next four years into the election,” he said.— Dustin Cook9:45 p.m. — Jonathan Denis predicts ‘Conservative wave’The notion of a conservative wave across Canada was echoed by former Progressive Conservative MLA Jonathan Denis, also at UCP HQ on election night.The real loser on Tuesday wasn’t Notley, he said, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“I think he’s going to be seeing many people at the first minter’s table who are not comfortable with his agenda, and it could mean a change in the fall,” Denis said.His resounding takeaway from the election was Albertans’ concern about the economy.“We had a vote split in 2015. People wanted a change, I accept that,” Denis said.“I think moving forward though, the policies of Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party are much more with the mainstream than the NDP.”— Emma Graney9:30 p.m. — Rachel Notley gives concession speechIn her concession speech, Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley said Alberta is a better place because of her government.“It’s on nights like tonight that I’m very glad we expanded Alberta’s craft beer industry,” she joked. “Tonight’s result is not the one that we hoped for or worked so hard for.”“We have fundamentally changed the politics of this province forever,” she said, offering her congratulations to premier-designate UCP Leader Jason Kenney. She promised her government would ensure the transition of power was “smooth and productive.”“Courage my friends, it’s not too late to build a better world.”
Sarah Hoffman wipes away tears as she arrives at the NDP election night event at the Edmonton Convention Centre, in Edmonton Tuesday April 16, 2019. Photo by David Bloom
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NDP supporters trickled into the Edmonton Convention Centre, with about 350 people waiting on Leader Rachel Notley and candidates to arrive. The crowd gave sporadic cheers as elected NDP candidates were announced, but the mood was generally docile.Sarah Hoffman (Edmonton-Glenora), David Eggen (Edmonton-North West) and Deron Bilous (Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview) were among the high-profile candidates to be re-elected. They all served in Notley’s cabinet in the health, education and economic development and trade portfolios respectively. Both Bilous and Eggen were first elected in 2012.As of 9:30 p.m., it appeared at least seven of 17 NDP candidates who served as cabinet ministers were re-elected.Cheryl Oates, a campaign strategist who worked as Notley’s director of communications, said people are “incredibly proud” of the campaign the NDP ran.“Tonight our party is stronger than it has ever been,” she said in an interview. “No matter what the final result is at the end of the vote tallying, I think it’s fair to say that we have fundamentally changed politics in this province.”Sarah Hoffman, who served as Notley’s deputy premier and health minister, was emotional as she arrived to supporters, hugging fellow elected candidates Janis Irwin (Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood) and Shepherd.“I’m tired,” she said with a laugh, wiping away tears. “It’s been a long campaign … just getting to see one’s friends and supporters, it’s exciting.“I keep thinking about how we had thousands of more volunteers on this campaign than we did on the last one, and I know the result isn’t exactly what people would have hoped,” she said, congratulating Kenney on his majority victory. “Still lots of votes to count tonight but it appears to be heading in that direction.”— Clare Clancy8:46 p.m. — UCP supporters rejoice in Calgary, NDP supporters docile in EdmontonVoters’ seeming embrace of the UCP Tuesday has induced gleeful celebrations among conservatives in Calgary, who have descended on the Big Four Roadhouse at the Stampede Grounds.With seat after seat declared blue, supporters streaming into the building cheer and chant “UCP! UCP! UCP!”, but that was dwarfed by the noise when CTV and then CBC called a UCP majority government.Meanwhile, NDP supporters gathered at the Edmonton Convention Centre Tuesday night, where the mood was docile as initial results started rolling in.After media outlets projected a UCP majority government, NDP Edmonton-City Centre candidate David Shepherd said numbers were from “a few scattered polls.”“I’m still waiting to see the numbers come in,” he said. “I’m frankly ready and willing to serve wherever Albertans should choose that we do.“Certainly I think there’s a little bit of anxiety in the air.”— Emma Graney, Clare Clancy8:38 p.m. — Rachel Notley thanks AlbertansIn an email Tuesday night, Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley thanked supporters for their efforts over the 28-day campaign.“This has been the biggest fight of my life, and I couldn’t be happier to have had you by my side,” Notley said in the email address. “I am so proud of our record. I am so proud of this campaign. I am so proud of all of the volunteers, staff, and candidates.“As my team and I prepare to hear the results (and catch our breath), I know that regardless of what happens tonight, Alberta is a better place because of the work we have done together.”8:34 p.m. — Michelle Rempel predicts UCP victoryCalgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel was one of a handful of well-known conservative faces to appear early at the Calgary Stampede grounds election night.Even before polls closed, she was optimistic about a UCP victory.“I think Jason (Kenney) has run a very strong campaign (and)… has done something incredible in terms of unifying the right,” she said.“I think he’s also presented a strong vision that Albertans are going to buy into, and I’m cautiously optimistic that Albertans will get the change they’re seeking tonight.”Rempel was also optimistic about what a Kenney victory would mean for federal-provincial relations, particularly in the conservative-fuelled fight against the carbon tax.“I think any time we get an ally looking at pragmatic policy in this country … that’s a very positive step in the right direction for the country writ large,” she said.“I think we’ve got good things to come.”—Emma Graney, with files from Meghan Potkins8:00 p.m. — Alberta students predict UCP majorityAccording to results from a mock election by Alberta elementary and high school students, the UCP will form government with 49 seats and the NDP will be in opposition with 35 seats.More than 160,000 students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2019 Alberta provincial election. The Alberta Party received three seats in the student election.As of 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, 1,229 schools had reported their election results, representing all 87 electoral divisions in the province. In total, 165,527 ballots were cast by student participants.7:45 p.m. — Poll delays in CalgaryThe polls in Central Peace-Notley will also be delayed slightly. Polls at Rycroft Community Hall and New Fish Creek will also be open later: 9:10 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. respectively.7:30 p.m. — NDP gear up for resultsAt the Edmonton Convention Centre, NDP supporters are expected to stream in around 8 p.m. Candidates aren’t expected until closer to 9:30 p.m.NDP Leader Rachel Notley’s two tour vans are parked in front of a main stage set up with large television screens. The party is expecting more than 1,000 people, which has been the capacity at the larger rallies during the campaign.6:15 p.m. — Fox Lake election staff quit suddenlyElections Alberta chartered a plane and flew in workers to replace staff who quit suddenly Tuesday, leaving a remote northern First Nation community temporarily without a place to vote.“They were trained and hired, and had all the ballot boxes and everything. They, for their own reasons, decided to quit on us today, and not show up at the poll,” deputy chief electoral officer Drew Westwater said, explaining a delay in opening a polling station in Fox Lake, Alta.Emergency replacement staff from Fort Vermillion did make it to the fly-in community, and the polls opened during the day. The station will stay open later to make up for the lost time, Westwater said.Fox Lake falls in the Peace River riding, and is about 150 kilometres east of High Level.— Paige Parsons6:00 p.m. — ‘In a tough spot either way’Some voters in the Strathearn neighbourhood in southeast Edmonton were struggling with their choice even as they approached the polling station at École Gabrielle-Roy on Tuesday afternoon.Janel Willows said she felt skeptical about the parties’ promises, and wasn’t sure they could follow through on them.“I feel like no matter which direction we go, we’re kind of in a tough spot either way,” she said.She’s worried about regaining jobs in Alberta, and getting more income flowing into people’s pockets. She thinks voters should get used to a carbon tax, since it seems inevitable.Her partner, Dayne Golinowski, was still researching candidates on his phone as he approached the polling station. He was having trouble making a decision.“I feel the last four years would have been rough either with conservatives or NDP,” he said. “We were in for a rough ride no matter what. I still feel really torn where I lean on this election. I see what the NDP tried, but I’m also not for everything they’ve done. I’m definitely not very conservative either.”Strathearn resident Steve Aucoin was thinking about jobs, oil and gas and the future of the education system for his toddler daughter as he walked out of the polls Tuesday.He was an electrician, and after work dried up, he’s now employed as a plant operator. It doesn’t pay nearly as much as his previous work, he said.He said he’s “not really for the NDP,” but wanted to keep his choice secret.— Janet French
Mary Conrod votes at a polling station at the Old Timers Cabin in Edmonton, on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
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5:15 p.m. — ‘It was just awful’Deep within the heart of downtown Edmonton, in the riding of Edmonton-City Centre, Yvonne Bruno is casting her ballot at Oliver School.Among the many concerns heading into this election, Bruno says she’s most concerned about the current state of the energy sector and hopes a future Alberta government will work to diversify the market.“We depend too much on it (oil and gas) and we need something different, new technology,” said Bruno. “That’s why I’m voting.”Bruno says the current political climate is so divided, “I just hope that I picked the party that’s gonna represent me.”Meanwhile, at City Centre Mall Dan Rose says he’s voting for a government that respects both the environmental and the need to get Alberta’s economy going again.“Striking a balance between those two considerations is really important to me,” said Rose, who, like Bruno, decried the negative tone of the 28-day campaign. “It was horrible, it was horrible, I can’t think of a worse, more negative, more caustic campaign in my time. It was just awful.”— Dylan Short4:15 p.m. — ‘Hey dude, go vote, please’A steady stream of voters were heading into the polling station for Edmonton-Strathcona at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School Tuesday afternoon.Keith Armstrong, 28, has never voted before but says he has seen a lot of friends posting about the election on social media.“I definitely felt the need to come over and do it and get involved as much as I can,” said Armstrong. “I guess maybe my bubble of people around me are kind of leaning towards the Notley side of things. I did some research before I came and still think that’s where I’m headed, personally.“Most of my friends were like ‘Hey dude, go vote, please.’”Izzy Bergquist said she has been paying a lot of attention to the campaign over the past 28 days and feels this election is an important one, especially for young voters.“I think the choice for me is really, really clear and I’m really excited for young people to be voting and to be having their voices heard,” said Bergquist. “I feel like this is the most people my age category have been talking about it and feeling like they really have utility in participating in politics which is really awesome.”— Anna Junker
What you need to know to vote:
You must be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old, and ordinarily, live in Alberta You must be a registered voter to cast a ballot. Don’t panic if you aren’t — you can bring government-issued photo ID bearing your name and address, or two pieces of identification, such as a passport, birth certificate, hunting licence, utility bill or library card Polls open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Unlike in advanced polls, you must vote at your polling station on election day Look up your polling station on the Elections Alberta website, or call 1-877-422-8683 If you don’t like the candidates, you can decline your ballot. Return your unmarked ballot to the election officer. Declined ballots are included in voting statistics Questions? You can call Elections Alberta’s Voter Information Centre at 780-422-VOTE (8683) or toll-free at 1-877-422-8683 outside of Edmonton.
Notley VotesNotley, running in Edmonton-Strathcona, walked with her husband Lou, daughter Sophie, son Ethan and dog Tucker, to their polling station at the Old Timers Cabin in the river valley on Tuesday morning.
Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley (left) votes alongside her daughter Sophie Notley at a polling station at the Old Timers Cabin on April 16, 2019. Notley said it was her daughter’s first time voting in a provincial election.
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Mandel VotesMandel, running in Edmonton-McClung, also cast his ballot Tuesday morning, arriving at Centennial School in the Gariepy neighhourood around 10 a.m. with his wife Lynn.
Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel heads to cast his ballot at Centennial School on April 16, 2019, with his wife Lynn Mandel.
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Khan VotesThe Liberals’ Khan voted Tuesday morning at his Calgary-Mountain View polling station.
Alberta Liberal Leader David voted on Tuesday April 9 in the Advance Poll at S.A.I.T the Southern Alberta institute of Technology.
Kenney VotesKenney, a candidate in Calgary-Lougheed, voted last week at one of those advance polls.
UCP Leader Jason Kenney voted in the advance provincial election poll at the Kerby Centre in Calgary on April 9, 2019. He was one of 696,000 to use the advance voting process.
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