The Ledge: Notley and Kenney fight over oil by rail plan

What are the three things you need to know about Alberta politics this week?

CBC reporters Kim Trynacity and Michelle Bellefontaine sum them up in this week’s episode of The Ledge podcast.

1.  I’m arrogant? You’re arrogant!

Premier Rachel Notley announced new contracts for locomotives and tanker cars to ship Alberta oil by rail on Tuesday. By Thursday, UCP leader Jason Kenney wrote letters to CP and CN telling them he plans to tear up the contracts if he wins the election. Notley and Kenney point fingers at each other over who is more arrogant. 

2. Alberta Party leader asks court to overturn Elections Alberta ban

Stephen Mandel finally had his day in court Friday. Kim was in the courtroom to hear his arguments against a sanction preventing him from running for public office for five years

3. UCP candidates get ready for the election

The party held an election readiness convention for candidates and volunteers in Edmonton. Kenney raised the ire of party members after brushing aside three nomination candidates to appoint a “star” to run for the UCP in Edmonton-Meadows. Michelle has some inside information on how the UCP plans to fight the campaign.

The premier and UCP leader fought over the government’s contracts to ship Alberta oil by rail; a judge reserved her decision on whether to overturn Stephen Mandel’s five-year ban from running for public office; and we learned more about how the UCP sees the upcoming campaign. 22:44

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Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] 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.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] 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.[8] 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.

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