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article imageNotley packs room with final pre-election rally Special

By Paula Kirman     May 4, 2015 in Politics
Edmonton - Rachel Notley, leader of Alberta's NDP, drew a crowd of over 1,000 to the Kingsway Ramada on May 3 for the "Rally for Change."
Just a couple of days prior to the Alberta provincial election on May 5, Notley has been touring the province speaking to supporters at high profile and well attended events. The day before the Edmonton rally, a similar event in Calgary also drew around 1,000 people.
The room at the Ramada in Edmonton was packed with a sea of orange and t-shirts with the slogan "Notley Crue," a clever parody of the band Motley Crue's logo. As has been Notley's stance since the announcement of the upcoming election, she criticized Premier Jim Prentice's budget that was revealed in March as cutting back public services. She emphasized that an NDP government would "put the public back into public services." A solution that Notley has promoted is for corporations to pay more taxes.
In the past week, the editorial board of the daily newspaper The Edmonton Journal came out with an endorsement of Prentice and his Progressive Conservative government. As well, five prominent businessmen attacked NDP policies. One went so far as to say his company would no longer be able to make charitable donations, such as to The Stollery, a children's hospital that recently had to delay surgeries, a move the NDP has blamed on PC health care cutbacks.
Recent polls show that the NDP is ahead in Alberta with prospective voters.
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