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'Serve all Albertans': Smith says UCP majority government to focus on economy

UCP Leader Danielle Smith makes her victory speech in Calgary on Monday, May 29, 2023. Alberta's United Conservative Party rode a wave of rural support to win a renewed majority in the provincial election, but not before the NDP took a big bite out of its support. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Danielle Smith says it’s time to put personal and political attacks in the “rear-view mirror” and focus on the province’s economy. 

Smith’s United Conservative Party won a majority government in Monday’s provincial election. 

She has promised to keep Alberta the lowest tax regime in Canada. 

She also says a UCP government would see the introduction of a law to mandate a binding referendum before any personal or corporate income tax hikes. 

There would also be tax changes to benefit those making more than $60,000 a year, at a cost of $1 billion annually to the treasury. 

NDP Leader Rachel Notley says she will continue to be leader of the party and official Opposition. 

Smith was dogged during the election campaign by past comments, including comparing those who took the COVID-19 vaccine to followers of Adolf Hitler.

A report that came mid-campaign from the ethics commissioner also concluded that Smith undermined the rule of law by pressuring her justice minister to end a criminal court case of a COVID-19 protester.

In her victory speech, Smith had words for those who did not vote for her. 

“I want you to know my oath is to serve all Albertans no matter how you voted," she said. 

“And though I didn’t do enough in your judgment to win your support in this election, I will work every day to listen, to improve and to demonstrate to you that I can be trusted to improve on the issues you care so deeply about.” 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 30, 2023. 

The Canadian Press

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