The latest developments in the Alberta election; UCP wins majority

A polling station sign at Elbow Park School in Calgary

A polling station sign at Elbow Park School in Calgary

The Alberta Party, which set its sights on appealing to centrists on the political spectrum, failed to make a breakthrough in the provincial vote on Tuesday, despite the leader's popularity.

Notley told supporters her government had done a tough and hard job, adding, "Today Alberta is a better place because of it".

The UPC leader said he would also challenge proposed federal legislation to overhaul how major infrastructure and energy projects are reviewed and hold a referendum in Alberta on equalisation payments - a federal payout system to even out fiscal disparities among provinces - unless new pipelines are built. "It's safe to say I'm not as much voting Kenney in as voting Notley out", said geologist Ty Pfeifer, 61.

Kenney, a former cabinet minister in Stephen Harper's Conservative government, won the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative party in 2016 before leading the PCs into a successful 2017 merger with the Wildrose Party.

Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel lost in Edmonton-McClung.

The Liberals, which had a single seat in the legislature before the election call, was eliminated from the standings and garnered just 1 per cent of the popular vote.

Phillips was first elected in 2015 and served as minister of environment and parks in Rachel Notley's government.

The United Conservative Party (UCP) of Jason Kenney, which had led in the polls for months, crushed the left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) government of Rachel Notley amid frustration over the economy and a beleaguered energy industry. The party dropped from 52 seats, with the majority of support concentrated in Notley's home base of Edmonton.

Kenney now turns his attention to a spring-summer sitting and a platform that includes undoing most of the signature elements of the last four years of changes under the NDP, starting with the provincial carbon tax on fossil-fuelled heating and gas at the pumps.

Polls have closed in the Alberta election and the governing New Democrats are hoping for second term over a United Conservative Opposition intent on seizing power.

She helped the NDP end decades of conservative rule in the province after winning in 2015.

But this time around, the Progressive Conservatives are no more.

He will take the top job after successfully leveraging voter angst over Alberta's sluggish economy with a jobs, jobs, jobs message and a promise to wage war on all who oppose its oil and gas industry, particularly Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Nearly 700,000 people voted early in advance polls.

The NDP attacked Kenney out of the gate for his past views on same-sex rights and abortion.

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