The finish line is in sight in Alberta’s provincial election campaign – and the latest polls have Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party leading the pack.
A new poll, conducted Saturday by Nanos Research for The Globe and Mail, found 44 per cent of decided or leaning respondents identified the UCP as their top choice. Meanwhile, 36 per cent said they would vote for Rachel Notley’s incumbent New Democrats, and 16 per cent said they were undecided. The Alberta Party, which is seeking a breakthrough under the leadership of Stephen Mandel, a former Edmonton mayor, had the support of 12 per cent of respondents.
Pollster Nik Nanos said the poll results put Mr. Kenney on the path for victory.
“I would call it a comfortable lead,” said Mr. Nanos. “The current trajectory suggests a win [for Mr. Kenney].”
On the question of who would make the best premier, Mr. Kenney and Ms. Notley were effectively tied given the poll’s margin of error, with 37-per-cent and 35-per-cent support, respectively.
Ms. Notley launched an attack on the integrity of the United Conservative’s Jason Kenney at a raucous rally in Calgary on Saturday.
“We’ve made sure Albertans know exactly who Jason Kenney is and we’ve made sure they know the risk that he presents to Calgary because those risks are real,” Ms. Notley said.
Campaigns compared: Where the NDP and UCP stand on everything from child care to carbon taxes.
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