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.
Thank you Alberta! pic.twitter.com/xokjLDiRxY— Danielle Smith (@ABDanielleSmith) May 30, 2023
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.
I am so proud of the work that every single solitary member of the NDP has done over the last four weeks.— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) May 30, 2023
Together, we fought passionately for a better future.
I am proud to lead this party.
Thank you. pic.twitter.com/7zi7nkLNnw
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.
BC Premier David Eby and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau both sent their good wishes to Smith on her win.
Congratulations @ABDanielleSmith, on your hard-fought victory. I look forward to working together to benefit all people of our neighbouring provinces.— David Eby (@Dave_Eby) May 30, 2023
Congratulations, @ABDanielleSmith. Let’s keep working together to deliver results for Albertans – let’s create more good jobs, grow our economy, and continue to position Alberta as a leader in clean energy. https://t.co/foU89582ff— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 30, 2023
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.”