Albertans don’t want to face the provincial ballot box in a general election this fall, but instead want more time to take a cold, hard look at the Stelmach government, Liberal Leader Kevin Taft said yesterday.
“There isn’t a rush to get into an election,” he said. “I think the people of Alberta would like to see more from this premier, but if he chooses to call (an election), we’ll be there.”
Premier Ed Stelmach has not committed to a date to call the next provincial election, but he has expressed in the past that his government’s current mandate can run until 2009.
Taft expressed wanting to have a fall session of the legislature yesterday after a swearing-in ceremony for two new MLAs who won key byelections on June 12.
Liberal candidate Craig Cheffins won the riding of Calgary-Elbow — held previously by former premier Ralph Klein — while Tory candidate Jack Hayden easily won Drumheller-Stettler.
The election of Cheffins to a former Tory stronghold is part of a gradual but steady change in Alberta politics, Taft added. Cheffins told reporters that he has already set up a constituency office and he’s excited about representing Calgary voters.