By Stephen Dafoe
Edmonton – Premier Allison Redford requested the dissolving of the legislative assembly Monday morning, launching a 28-day election campaign that will send Albertans to the polls Apr. 23.
That election will see 87 MLAs return to the legislature instead of the 83 currently there. The additional four seats are due to boundary redistribution in the province.
In Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock five candidates are vying for the seat recently vacated by long-serving MLA and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the Honourable Ken Kowalski.
Maureen Kubinek will run in the constituency for the PCs, having won the BMW PC Association nod earlier this year. Former journalist and Senator in Waiting Link Byfield is running for the Wildrose. Other candidates include Morinville resident Lisa Grant, who ran federally for the Green Party in the last federal election. Grant is running in the provincial election under the Evergreens’ banner. Running for the NDP is Trudy Grebenstein, and for the Liberals is Leslie Penny. The Alberta Party have no candidate in the Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock constituency.
We will have full interviews with each of the candidates over the next few days, beginning with PC candidate Maureen Kubinec and Wildrose candidate Link Byfield.
MorinvilleNews.com is presently organizing an all candidates forum to be held in Morinville. Details will be forthcoming.