Eremenko beats Malkinson for Calgary Currie Alberta NDP Nomination

Former Service Alberta Minister Brian Malkinson was defeated by former Alberta NDP Calgary Elbow candidate Janet Eremenko for the nomination for the Alberta NDP in Calgary Currie Saturday Night.


Malkinson was the MLA for Calgary Currie from 2015-2019 when he was defeated by United Conservative Party candidate and current MLA Nicholas Milliken.


In her victory speech Eremenko said that it was honour to be the candidate for the Alberta NDP, " Today was an important vote, but it's hardly the vote most Albertans are ready for.


"The next election can't come soon enough," Eremenko stated.


In her victory speech Eremenko took aim at the UCP government on some of their stumbles, "Failing to sign an agreement for $10-a day daycare, a brutal and preventable fourth wave of Covid-19 where there was a complete absence of political leadership. A non-sensical user-fee for Kananaskis Country visitors, that somehow doesn't apply to the group who cause the greatest ecological damage."


Eremenko added that it was time to put Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley back in the Premiers chair, " The next election will be the opportunity to bring balance and integrity to government with (Notley) at the helm we can rise to the challenge that are before us."


According to the nomination returning officer said 337 members of the Alberta NDP in Calgary Currie were in good standing to vote in the race.


Of the 337 members eligible to vote only 178 members (approx. 52.8%) cast their ballots in the nomination meeting held Saturday.


In 2019, Eremenko finished third in the Calgary-Elbow Race, placing behind winner UCP Doug Schweitzer, and incumbent Alberta Party MLA Greg Clark.


At time of publishing no other candidate had been nominated of the next general election in Calgary Currie.