A byelection has been called for the riding of Calgary-Lougheed after UCP MLA Dave Rodney resigned from his seat to give newly elected UCP leader Jason Kenney a shot at entering the Legislature.
Kenney isn’t the only one with eyes on the open seat, however, as he will be running against two other party leaders for the December 14 election. Alberta Liberal leader David Khan and Green Party of Alberta leader Romy Tittel have both thrown their hats into the race.
“The UCP and its right-wing, intolerant values are not an option for Albertans,” said Khan in a statement.
“We do not want the clock turned back on social issues like GSAs. Neither do we want to suffer through massive cuts in public services.”
Khan and Tittel will have their work cut out for them, as the riding has been a Conservative stronghold since its inception in the 1993 boundary redistribution, which is potentially why the Alberta Party has decided not to field a candidate for December 14.
“I am honoured to be the first United Conservative Party candidate for election to the Legislature, seeking the privilege of representing Calgary-Lougheed residents,” said Kenney in a statement.
“I once again thank Dave Rodney for his selfless decision to make it possible for me to enter the Legislature to lead the opposition to the NDP government”
Special ballot voting opened for residents of the electoral division on November 16, and advance polls will begin on Wednesday, December 6 at 9 am.
Electors will have until 8 pm on Saturday, December 9 to cast an advance vote, but failing that they can vote during Election Day on December 14 between 9 am and 8 pm.