Political watchers will be measuring the partisan temperature of Premier Rachel Notley’s speech to the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce today.
Notley’s address — part of the chamber’s series of lunchtime events with the leaders of the provincial political parties —is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.
CBC will live stream Notley’s speech here.
Liberal leader David Khan, United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney and Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel have already made their appearances in the chamber’s series.
As premier, Notley determines when Albertans will go to the polls this spring. She has said she plans to honour Alberta’s fixed election period legislation where the vote must be held between March 1 and May 30, 2019.
Notley has held press conferences over the past month which critics claim were free of real news and instead were opportunities to talk up her government’s record.
Last week, Notley took a partisan swing at Kenney, her main opponent, when she alleged he intended to introduce tolls on Alberta highways.
The UCP fired back by saying Kenney’s user-fee idea would only apply to new infrastructure required for industry.
As for Kenney, the UCP leader launched a four-day tour of northern Alberta with events in Slave Lake on Wednesday. Kenney’s trip will include stops in Grande Prairie, Fairview, La Crete, Peace River and High Level.