Notley stands by NDP promises, unafraid of opposition
'Let's take the fight to our opponents,' Alberta premier tells NDP supporters in Edmonton
Two years, seven months, and one day to go.
Nearly halfway through her term as Alberta's premier, Rachel Notley says she's counting down to the 2019 provincial election.
Let's take the fight to our opponents. We're right, they're wrong. Let's be proud of it.- Rachel Notley
"The next election is less than one thousand days away and that's going to go by in the blink of an eye, I promise you," she told NDP supporters in Edmonton on Saturday.
"Let us be proud of the change that we are bringing to Alberta ... Let's take the fight to our opponents. We're right, they're wrong. Let's be proud of it."
Notley renewed NDP promises in a speech to the Provincial Council of Alberta's New Democrats.
Despite push-back from opposition parties, she said the province will move forward on issues such as the carbon tax, raising Alberta's minimum wage to $15 an hour, and affordable housing.
"We won't make things worse by imposing knee-jerk cutbacks," she said.
"The government of Alberta can't make the price of oil go up, but we can act within our means to promote diversification and resilience."
While Notley rallied her supporters in Edmonton, Wildrose leader Brian Jean did the same in Red Deer at his party's annual general meeting.
Jean took aim at the NDP, claiming its economic policies hurt Albertans. He also described a province spiraling into social disorder.
"We see crime sky-rocketing and poverty increasing, we see a growing number of young people being trafficked into sex trade against their will, we see dangerous drugs like fentanyl and other opioids killing Albertans and ripping families apart. This must stop."
The Wildrose, he added, is the only party he believes can help bring Alberta back to greatness. He dismissed the idea of uniting with Alberta's Progressive Conservative party to do so.
United or not, Notley said she's unafraid of her opposition.
"I'm just going to let them do their thing," she said.
"It doesn't matter what you name the party, I don't believe Albertans want to go back to the failed policies of the past where we pretend climate change isn't real, where we think austerity is the answer to an economic slow-down, where we don't value the importance of our public services, including education and healthcare.
"That's the vision of the past. We're promoting the vision of the future."
Alberta's NDP has more than two years left to promote that vision. The next provincial election is planned for May 2019.