Campaign of change failed to grab voters
Ben Lemphers/for metro edmonton
After touting that it’s time for a change during his entire election campaign, Alberta Liberal Leader Kevin Taft admitted last night that Albertans are content with the way things are.
" I guess the people of Alberta are happy with the government they’ve got," he told reporters at the Mayfield Inn after he finished his concession speech.
His party’s 16 seats in the Legislature were cut down by as much as half after yesterday’s election. Several ridings were still up in the air at Metro presstime last night.
"We thought we had done the best campaign that we could do, we put forward the best policies … but I take responsibility for the outcome," Taft told supporters yesterday.
Since the beginning of the campaign four weeks ago, Taft says Albertans have long been demanding a change with the Tory-led provincial government because of issues regarding health care, the environment, homelessness and oil royalties.
After a devastating defeat he thanked the voters of Edmonton-Riverview for voting him back into his seat and sounded a note of almost desperate irony with results from around the province, saying, "Fortunately I won’t be working alone. We have a small but mighty team."
The Tories gained more seats in the usually Liberal-friendly city of Edmonton yesterday. A downcast Taft said he wished he could have had more money in what he called a tight campaign budget.
"When the accounting is done we will realize that we have been outspent by a very, very wide margin," said Taft.
When asked by reporters if Taft still plans to remain as the Liberal leader, he said that will be up to his party.