Redford sticks to script: election after budget
Rumours are swirling that after a couple of tough weeks for the Conservatives, Premier Alison Redford may want to delay an election call.
But if she's considering a delay, she's not saying so. "No not at all," she said. "I think people are pretty anxious to get to the polls as am I."
Most experts expected April 23 to be voting day — time for a 28-day campaign after next week's budget. But some now wonder if it will be later after a litany of bad publicity for the government including MLA salary questions, and the controversial Gary Mar fundraiser.
Alberta's lieutenant governor was spotted leaving the Premier's office on Wednesday but he said that should not be viewed as a sign that the election call is imminent. "She took ten seconds out of her busy day an I gave her a picture from the Speech from the Throne which we just had developed," said Lt.-Gov. Donald Ethell. "It has absolutely nothing to do with what's going on. I am always at the call of the Premier 365 days of the year, OK?"
Campaign signs for all parties were flying off the presses at an Edmonton print shop Thursday while Redford reiterated that she'll go to the polls soon after the budget is passed.
The NDP's Rachel Notley said the party is ready ready to fight an election in all 87 ridings. "We have a lot of seats across Edmonton where we have a real chance and that's new for us," said Notley.
Danielle Smith's Wildrose party needs just one candidate in Edmonton for a full slate.
But Raj Sherman's Liberals still have work to do. "We're more ready today than we were yesterday, we're up to 57 candidates," said Sherman. He said the Liberals will have 87 candidates in place for the election whenever it's called.