Alberta election: UCP wins majority victory over NDP

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How a UCP victory in Alberta could impact the energy sector

Kenney now turns his attention to a spring-summer sitting and a platform that includes undoing most of the signature elements of the last four years of changes under the NDP, starting with the provincial carbon tax on fossil-fuelled heating and gas at the pumps.

"While a potential repeal would have a large impact on consumer electricity bills, we expect the impact to producers would be modest as the carbon tax is mostly a pass through. though some producers may choose to revisit their goal and gas conversion plans as a reduction in the carbon tax may make the economics of high emitter facilities more attractive for longer", the CIBC report said.

Kenney has promised to kill Alberta's homegrown carbon tax, fight the federal carbon tax in court, and do what he can to help the federal Conservatives defeat Trudeau in the federal October vote. Notley said her success working with Trudeau - or picking her fights with him as necessary - is what led to progress on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to the B.C. coast.

"Hopefully today we'll have another partner with my good friend Jason Kenney", said Ford. "They are using your dollars to try to make pollution free again, which makes no sense".

Trudeau said the federal government would continue to work on growing the economy while tackling climate change in a smart way.

He has spent nearly three years on the road, first to try and sell the concept of united conservatism, then in a bid to win the Progressive Conservative leadership followed by the UCP crown and, finally, to convince voters to elect a United Conservative government.

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

Nearly 700,000 people voted in advance polls, well above the record 235,000 who did in 2015.

After the April 16 provincial election, the Alberta legislature will have just two parties represented: United Conservatives and New Democrats.

The four-week campaign focused on personal attacks and on Alberta's fragile economy, which has been struggling with sluggish oil prices.

Kenney says his government will have the lowest tax regime in Canada and will cut red tape. Both Kenney and Notley have pitched their respective parties and policies as the best way to get pipelines to tide water built in the province.

The win could reverberate beyond Alberta, setting the party on a collision course with PM Justin Trudeau's Liberals over climate change. A number of his candidates have either quit or apologized for past comments that were anti-LGBTQ, anti-Islamic or sympathetic to white nationalism.

Khan says while the party will not have a member in the legislature for the first time in 30 years, the Liberals will rebuild and be back.

Each pitched its own political Hail Mary to grab the spotlight.

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