NDP Leader Rachel Notley has now confirmed she will participate in a leaders debate this coming Thursday.
Initially when the debate was announced Friday only UCP Leader Jason Kenney, Liberal Leader David Khan and Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel had confirmed their participation.
Notley’s spokesperson Cheryl Oates said at the time they were still “considering” the proposal for the debate.
“It’s important Albertans have the opportunity to hear from the leaders. Our hope is that the debate will include all parties that were represented in the legislature,” Oates said.
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The media consortium including CBC, CTV, Postmedia and Rogers guidelines say that only parties elected to the legislature under their current party banner were invited to participate.
Freedom Conservative Party Leader Derek Fildebrant took to Twitter calling his exclusion “grossly undemocratic.”
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>
Flidebrandt was elected in 2015 as a Wildrose MLA and served as a UCP MLA after the Wildrose and PC parties merged in 2017. He formed the FCP in 2018 after his departure from UCP caucus.
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.
The debate will air live from Edmonton on April 4 at 5:30 p.m. MT.
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.
In the lead-up to the debate, voters can send in their questions to email@example.com.
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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.