Decision day in Alberta: Voters head to polls in provincial election

Alberta's legislature in Edmonton during the summer

Alberta's legislature in Edmonton during the summer

"Not many people who are in the energy industry can say Alberta is in a better place than it was four years ago", said Tim Pickering, president of Auspice Capital Advisers in Calgary, which manages a Canadian crude exchange-traded fund. The other frontrunner, Jason Kenney of the United Conservatives, has sent a message that he is "fighting back" against those opposing Alberta, such as the federal government and environmentalists. First elected to the legislature in 2015, Fildebrandt made headlines with a series of controversies, including renting out his taxpayer-funded Edmonton apartment on Airbnb, shooting and killing a deer on private property without permission, and being found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident.

The NDP's former culture minister, Ricardo Miranda in Calgary-Cross, as well as Danielle Larivee, the former children's services minister, in Lesser Slave Lake, both lost to UCP candidates.

The UPC leader said he would also challenge proposed federal legislation to overhaul how major infrastructure and energy projects are reviewed and hold a referendum in Alberta on equalisation payments - a federal payout system to even out fiscal disparities among provinces - unless new pipelines are built.

Premier Rachel Notley and her NDP government is one and done, knocked from the saddle Tuesday by Jason Kenney whose United Conservatives won a majority in the Alberta election.

NDP candidate Lorne Dach beat Mandel, who came in third.

He was named minister of health in the Progressive Conservative government of Jim Prentice in September 2014 despite not holding a seat.

He was elected Alberta Party leader in February 2018.

The 73-year-old served as mayor of Edmonton for three straight terms. The race between McCuaig-Boyd and Loewen was closely watched as a test of the NDP's ability to keep hard-won seats in Alberta's traditionally conservative rural areas.

Notley's NDP held on to its traditional base in Edmonton, which it swept in 2015, but was losing in numerous surrounding municipalities, rural ridings and Calgary constituencies it captured four years ago.

NDP Finance Minister Joe Ceci hung on to the seat he won in Calgary in 2015.

Calgary is seen by many as the key battleground in the election.

The incumbent - the Alberta Party's Rick Fraser - was briefly a UCP member after his Progressive Conservatives merged with the Wildrose Party in 2017.

But this time around, the Progressive Conservatives are no more.

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