Albertans Go to the Polls on May 5th

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice has called a provincial election for May 5.

The campaign will play out against the backdrop of an Alberta economy in flux.

The collapse in the price of oil, the province’s main income source, is expected to cause a $5-billion deficit this year.

Prentice’s Progressive Conservatives will be running on a budget that includes tax hikes and spending cuts to ride out the storm.

The other parties are expected to target the financial record of the PCs, which have held power since 1971.

At dissolution the PCs had 70 seats, the Wildrose and Liberals had five each, the NDP had four, there was one Independent and two seats were vacant.

Under Alberta election legislation, Prentice did not have to face voters until next spring.


  • David Murrell

    Go Wild Rose!!!

  • Miss Trixie

    Dear L*rd,

    Please do not let my beloved Alberta fall to the liberals or the f***ing NDP.


  • The Goat

    Not only did Jim Prentice not call her the next day, he’s now sent Danielle the hotel bill in the mail.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I think Danielle did Wild Rose the biggest favour by crossing the floor.

  • Prentice may not lose power but he will lose a good chunk of it.

    How did Alberta get reduced to this?

  • Alain

    He is taking advantage of the defection of Smith and the fact that the Wild Rose Party hasn’t had enough time to get reorganised and ready for an election. The Alberta PCs fear a strong and reorganised Wild Rose Party.

    • Frances

      Wild Rose just has to be strong and organized in the ridings in which it has the best chances of winning. Province-wide support would be great, but a batch of really strong regional victories would be good, too.