The leaders of Alberta’s main political parties will face off in a debate less than two weeks before the spring election.
UCP Leader Jason Kenney, Liberal Leader David Khan and Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel will participate in the debate in Edmonton on April 4 at 5:30 p.m. MT.
NDP Leader Rachel Notley has been invited, but has not yet confirmed if she will participate.
The 90-minute debate will be broadcast on CBC TV, Radio One and online, and will be followed by 30 minutes of additional coverage after the event.
It’s being hosted by a media consortium including CBC, CTV, Postmedia and Rogers.
Only parties elected to the legislature under their current party banner were invited to participate.
Freedom Conservative Party Leader Derek Fildebrandt said on Twitter to say it’s “grossly undemocratic” that he will not be allowed to debate.
Out of the 5 official parties in the <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/ABleg?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#ABleg</a>, only 3 have elected leaders. One of those is the FCP. In the absence of any law on the matter, we should move forward based on established precedent. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/ableg?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#ableg</a> <a href=”https://t.co/arzDPiStzk”>https://t.co/arzDPiStzk</a>
He was elected as a Wildrose MLA in 2015, and formed the FCP in 2018.
While Fildebrandt is an elected member of the legislature, Mandel and Khan are not, but their parties do hold seats.
CTV anchor Tara Nelson will moderate, and panelists include:
- CBC Alberta provincial affairs reporter Kim Trynacity.
- Postmedia legislature reporter Emma Graney.
- CTV Edmonton anchor Erin Isfeld.
- CityNews reporter Courtney Theriault.
In the lead-up to the debate, voters can send in their questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area. It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary, generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road). Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.
Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016, Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.
Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton. The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.