Albertans will be busy at the polls this fall as Justin Trudeau announced a federal election will take place on Sept. 20.
Albertans will also be voting on Oct. 18 for the municipal elections.
The Prime Minister announced Sunday morning, saying he had just spoken with Governor General Mary Simon at Rideau Hall in Ottawa and asked her to dissolve the government.
Chris Warkentin, MP for Grande Prairie-Mackenzie, will be seeking re-election.
“It's clear to everybody that the Prime Minister only called this election because he believed that he could catch Canadians off guard and other parties off guard, and then he'd be able to secure a majority.
“I think that he is going to be disappointed when he finds out that Canadians will not just reward him with the majority,” said Warkentin.
“I think that there's a lot of people in the Peace Country that are completely fed up with the Liberal government and are looking for the opportunity to voice that concern and frustration,” he said.
“The paramount priority for our party, and for myself personally, is to rebuild the local, provincial, and the national economy,” said Warkentin.
“We as Albertans know that the energy sector is a major driver in terms of economic opportunity and prosperity for our province.”
“We need a government that will actually support the industry, and that will recognize its importance and will sell the merits of the industry and the product that we produce here in the province of Alberta, around the world.”
The Peoples Party of Canada will have Shawn McLean running for the Grande Prairie-Mackenzie riding. McLean did not respond to media requests before the time of publication.
Running for the Maverick party, Ambrose Ralph will be the candidate for Grande Prairie-Mackenzie.
As of Wednesday morning, the Liberals, NDP, and Green party do not have anyone running in the Grande Prairie-Mackenzie riding according to their party websites.
This will be Canada’s 44th federal election, and campaigning will run for 36 days, the shortest election time under federal law.
At the time of dissolvement, the number of seats each party held were Liberals 155, Conservative 119, Bloc Québécois 32, NDP 24, Independents five, and Green Party two.
Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News