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Tick, Tick, Tick: AB Byelection must be called by Feb. 15

With time ticking down, Premier Jason Kenney has 15 days to call a byeleciton for the lone vacated seat in the province.

Since August 2021, the people of Fort McMurray Lac La Biche have been without representation in the Legislature. As former MLA Goodridge resigned and ran for the Conservative Party of Canada in the riding of Fort McMurray-Cold Lake in the 2021 federal election.

Since then the Alberta NDP the United Conservative Party of Alberta, and the Wildrose Independent Party have nominated their candidates while no word about state of the other parties.

For the Alberta NDP, has Fort McMurray Public School Division teacher Ariana Mancini as their candidate. This is Mancini's first crack at elected politics

The UCP is running the former UCP MLA Brian Jean in the riding. Jean left politics after losing the leadership of the UCP to now Premier Jason Kenney. Jean has been critical of the Kenney Government and is looking to enter the legislature once again. Jean is also the former Member of Parliament for the riding of Athabasca (which covered half of the north part of the province of Alberta.)

The leader of the Wildrose Independence Party (or Freedom Alberta Party according to Elections Alberta) will be carrying their banner for the upcoming byelection. Paul Hinman is the former MLA for Cadston-Taber-Warner 2004 - 2008, and former MLA for Calgary-Glenmore from 2009 to 2012 and leader of the Alberta Alliance Party, and the former leader of the Wildrose Alliance Party (which later went on to become the Wildrose Party).

As of publication there are no candidates listed on their respected website or via the elections alberta website for the Alberta Liberal Party, the Alberta Party, the Green Party of Alberta, the Communist Party of Alberta, or the Alberta Independence Party.

In the 2019 general election the Liberals did not run a candidate in the riding.


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