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Alberta Election 2012

By April 11, 2012

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Alberta voters will be going to the polls on April 23, 2012.

It's Premier Alison Redford's first election as leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative (PC) Party, which has been in power since 1971. Redford won the leadership race on the issue of change - both generational change and attitudinal change - and she definitely leans to the progressive side of progressive conservative.

She has a tough battle on her hands from another conservative party - the right-wing, libertarian Wildrose Party, led by Danielle Smith. The Wildrose Party is more populist, wants smaller government, and is advocating direct democracy measures such as referendums and MLA recalls, as well as lower MLA salaries.

The difference between the two conservative parties in Alberta is much like that between the federal Progressive Conservatives and the Reform Party of Canada in 1988, and includes some of the same players.

The PCs and Wildrose are running neck and neck. You can catch the Alberta leaders in action during the TV leaders' debate on Thursday April 12 on Global TV at 6:30 pm MDT.

More on the Alberta Election
Who Can Vote in Alberta Elections
New Electoral Divisions in Alberta
Register to Vote In the Alberta Election
Voting Information for Alberta Elections
Party Platform Promises - Edmonton Journal

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