Election briefs – March 28

Premier Alison Redford says good times are rolling in Alberta under her government and the Tories are planning to keep it that way.

Redford promises to keep good times rolling

CALGARY — Premier Alison Redford says good times are rolling in Alberta under her government and the Tories are planning to keep it that way.

Speaking in Calgary, Redford said the province, aided by its oil and gas industry, created 99,000 jobs last year and has the lowest unemployment rate in Canada.

She says the Progressive Conservatives will build on that progress if they are re-elected in the April 23 election.

She points to negotiations on a national energy strategy and work to expand markets in the United States and Asia.

A soaring economy brings pressures on families and communities, but Redford says her party is working on that, too.

She says the Tories have brought in reliable three-year funding for schools, boosted financial help for students and added more daycare spaces.

Common-sense solutions can fix health: NDP

EDMONTON — Alberta’s New Democrats say they have common-sense solutions to get the province’s ailing health-care system back on its feet without breaking the bank.

Party leader Brian Mason says his team is committed to affordable, accessible health care for all, but he adds that improvements are needed.

He says the NDP, if elected April 23, would build well over 1,000 new long-term care beds to free up space in acute-care hospitals.

He also says the party would spend $100 million more on home care, expand mental health services and cap drug costs to seniors at $25 a month.

Basic dental care for children under 18 would be paid for by the province.

Mason says the governing Tories have lost the confidence of Albertans after years of mismanaging health care and flirting with U.S.-style privatization.

Vote splitting could lead to minority government: Sherman

CALGARY — Alberta’s Liberal leader expects his party is going to benefit from the clash between the Progressive Conservatives and the Wildrose.

Raj Sherman, who quit the Tory caucus and joined the Liberals a year ago, says vote splitting on the right will give his party a chance to win several ridings that were originally out of reach.

Sherman predicts the Wildrose will take about half of the traditional Tory vote and Premier Alison Redford’s party is in panic mode right now.

He says there’s a distinct possibility there will be a minority government.

Sherman won’t say which party the Liberals would help if that happens.

The Liberals held eight seats when the election was called.

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