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Webinar: Alberta’s Election at the Finish Line: Punditry, predictions, and post-election. Making sense of the road ahead

Alberta’s Election at the Finish Line:
Punditry, predictions, and post-election. Making sense of the road ahead

As predicted, the Alberta election race has been a wild ride! The campaign has been less about policy, and much more about personality and the past. The UCP has focused on Albertan’s concerns about the previous Rachel Notley led NDP government from 2016-19. For its part, the NDP has made much political hay about UCP leader Danielle Smith’s past comments about healthcare and COVID.

Meanwhile, big unanswered questions remain for both parties about what they will do to address the big issues that pollsters say matter most to Albertans: healthcare, affordability, and the economy.

Join this latest Prairie Sky webinar to hear from the experts about what to look for during the final days of the election campaign, how to decipher the confusing mix of polling results, and what comes next in the weeks and months ahead as the winning party takes the reigns of power.    

Our exclusive panelists include:

Rick Fraser, Senior Strategy Advisor, Prairie Sky Strategy

Rick’s distinguished career in health care, public safety, elected office and as a community volunteer and leader has spanned more than 20 years. Rick has an extensive service record as an Emergency Medical Paramedic and an Advanced Care Paramedic in Calgary. In 2012, he won the Progressive Conservative nomination for Calgary-South East and was elected twice, first in 2012 and again in 2015. During his first term in government, Rick performed duties as Deputy Government Whip, Associate Minister for Recovery & Reconstruction for High River (during and following the 2013 floods), and Associate Minister for Public Safety and Legislative Secretary for Ambulance Service. He returned to his career as a paramedic in 2019 and joined Prairie Sky as a consultant in 2020.

Catherine Griwkowksy, Journalist

Catherine is a multi-media journalist with more than a decade of experience writing, editing, photography, story idea generation, social media management, and content management systems. She is currently the reporter and author of AB Today, Alberta’s leading political newsletter that launched in 2018. Catherine previously reported for the Star Edmonton and was a multimedia journalist at Postmedia. She is also a member and former president of Alberta’s legislative press gallery, and a frequent guest on CBC, the Corus radio network, and The Backbench podcast.

Richard Feehan, former cabinet minister and MLA, Edmonton Rutherford

Richard was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in 2015 and has represented the constituency of Edmonton-Rutherford for two terms. In his role as government MLA, Richard served as Minister of Indigenous Relations from 2016 to 2019, as well as NDP Caucus Chair, Deputy Chair of Committees and Deputy House Leader. Since his re-election in 2019, Richard served as Critic for Indigenous Relations and as member or chair on a series of legislative and caucus committees. Prior to elected life, Richard practiced social work in a variety of professional roles, including Tenured Instructor with the University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work; Vice President, Edmonton Catholic Social Services; and Program Director, Edmonton Social Planning Council. 

Richard Truscott, Vice-President, Prairie Sky Strategy (Moderator)

Richard is a veteran of Alberta politics with over 30 years of experience in public policy and advocacy, government relations, crisis and strategic communications, public relations, and issues management. For more than a decade, he served in senior leadership roles with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), the nation’s largest association of independent businesses.

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