Jason Kenney's UCP projected to win majority government in Alberta

While Edmonton is expected to be an NDP stronghold polls suggest Calgary will elect more UCP MLAs

ALBERTA ELECTION 2019 was the first general election held after the Alberta NDP defeated the Progressive Conservative government in 2015.

Mr Kenney campaigned as a champion of the oil sector, promising to fund a "war room" to defend Canada's energy resources at home and overseas.

Rachel Notley's NDP is holding strong in Edmonton. The UCP leader already voted in the advance polls. In her concession speech Notley thanked supporters adding "it is such an honour to be here with you all tonight".

Notley says she accepts the decision of voters and wishes Kenney well. We all do. We must.

Despite the loss, Notley joked that she was thankful "we expanded Alberta's craft beer industry".

Kenney, who won his riding in Calgary-Lougheed, is a former federal Conservative cabinet minister under Stephen Harper.

It's a partnership he said has turned Alberta into a doormat for Trudeau and other oil industry foes in return for no more than a faint and as yet unrealized promise of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to the west coast.

"Come to Alberta", he said, "and help us to renew the Alberta Advantage".

In a statement later, Trudeau said he and Kenney would work together to take "decisive action on climate change while getting our natural resources to market".

Once Kenney is sworn in, Canada will have no women premiers.

Calgary is seen by many as the key battleground in the election.

The four-week campaign focused on personal attacks and on Alberta's fragile economy, which has been struggling with sluggish oil prices.

Nearly 700,000 people voted early in malls, airports, recreation centres, public buildings and an Ikea store.

Notley, in turn, said Kenney's plan to freeze spending and pursue more private-care options in health care would have a profound impact on students and patients.

Later Tuesday, Kenney was scheduled to make appearances in Red Deer, Alta., and Calgary. A number of his candidates either quit or apologized for past comments that were anti-LGBTQ, anti-Islamic or sympathetic to white nationalism.

Unsurprisingly, one of the biggest issues throughout the election campaign has been pipeline - specifically, a lack of them in Alberta.

The Alberta Party, which set its sights on appealing to centrists on the political spectrum, failed to make a breakthrough in the provincial vote on Tuesday, despite the leader's popularity.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, whose province is one of three challenging the federal carbon tax, said he hoped Kenney wins the election.

He has promised to repeal the NDP increase on corporate income tax and drop it to eight per cent.

The government recently imposed carbon taxes on four of Canada's 10 provinces for failing to introduce their own plans for tackling climate change.



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