Alberta UCP sweeps the province in embarrassing electoral defeat for ruling NDP

A polling station sign at Elbow Park School in Calgary

The bill gives Alberta the power to reduce oil flows to retaliation for its opposition to the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Such is the harsh price of failure.

Meili later added a Doug Ford government in Ontario and a Jason Kenney government in Alberta may not set a great example for Scott Moe here in Saskatchewan. The premier-designate did not back away from that promise in his half-hour acceptance speech.

In his victory speech Tuesday, Jason Kenney repeated his promise to fight back against Canadian environmental groups that take money from American foundations with what he says is the covert aim of economic sabotage by preventing Alberta from exporting oil in any direction but south. "It's in the interest of Canada that both provinces do well and we intend on making sure that this is happening".

Voters in Calgary and rural ridings have high expectations the rhetoric will translate into action, finally.

Struggling oil and natural gas prices, barriers to building new pipelines and stubborn unemployment numbers have become part of the province's economic landscape. All of these issues, including the oft-delayed Keystone XL and Line 3 pipelines, are largely out of Alberta's hands and pipeline opponents, here and internationally, have not suddenly evaporated.

The UCP has vowed to balance the province's budget by 2022/2023 by eliminating "waste, duplication, and non-essential spending and [creating] the fiscal space to fund key government priorities". Albertans are justifiably frightened as provincial debt heads to $100 billion.

The UCP promised to cut the corporate tax rate by 1/3rd, bringing it down from 12% to 8%.

Kenney told the Canadian media he intends to rescind the carbon tax imposed by Ottawa and planned to make law a bill passed past year that could cut off oil and natural gas shipments to British Columbia.

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Kenney's victory, coupled with Doug Ford's win a year ago in Ontario, gives Trudeau a custom-made narrative: elect a federal Liberal majority as a counterweight to the proliferation of provincial Conservative governments, Coletto said. That will likely trigger new legal battles.

Despite authorizing a constant barrage of ugly attacks on the UCP during the campaign, Notley was gracious in defeat. "Lack of progress to address egress, regulatory, and competitiveness issues has only served to exacerbate the downturn of the past four years". Public service is an honour, privilege and a huge commitment.

"We've had enough of your campaign of defamation and double standards", said Kenney.

"If there is an opportunity for that, to actually force the federal government into an equalization conversation, I think we would be in favour of that", he said in the wake of Kenney's victory in Tuesday's Alberta election.

But Quebec's minister for Canadian relations, Sonia LeBel, welcomed Kenney's "extended hand of friendship", and noted that historically the two provinces have shared numerous same objectives.

However, he acknowledged in a statement that the United Conservative Party faces a "formidable task" to create the conditions that will allow the oil and gas sector in Western Canada to thrive again after years of hard times.

Kenney, who is 50, orchestrated a merger of Alberta's Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties in the summer of 2017.

She's staying on and will be the new leader of the official Opposition with 24 seats.

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