Adriana Mancini has launched her campaign for Alberta’s NDP in the Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche by-election.
“Folks in Fort McMurray have had enough of the drama and the infighting in the UCP,” Mancini said. “We need a government that is focused on families and businesses here in our community.”
Originally from Drumheller, Mancini and her partner Craig moved to Fort McMurray 11 years ago. She started teaching French Immersion, and Craig joined the Fort McMurray Fire Department.
“As a teacher, I get to know a lot of families and I watch their kids grow up and begin their lives and careers as young adults,” Mancini said. “It’s incredibly important to me that families in our community continue to have the education, the healthcare and the economic opportunity that we all value and that’s why I’m running to be your MLA.”
“After almost three years of Jason Kenney’s UCP, so much of what we value has been badly damaged. During the most difficult years our students and families have ever seen. The UCP cut $600 million dollars out of our school system. The UCP has overwhelmed our hospital and badly mismanaged our ambulances, which has left our community at risk.”
“Thanks to Brian Jean, Jason Kenney and the UCP, every one of us is paying more income tax, more property tax, more school fees, more tuition, more interest on student debt, more for utilities and more for insurance. I’ve knocked on so many doors over the past 10 weeks and families are telling me their bills are stacking up higher and higher every month.”
“They want a government that is focused on families, not on UCP infighting.”
Rakhi Pancholi, MLA for Edmonton-Whitemud, joined Mancini for the campaign launch.
“The people of Fort McMurray and Lac La Biche have seen a downturn in the economy, natural disasters, and right now they’re facing labour shortages in all areas, and a significant rise in the cost of living.”
“Plus, they have been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic which has caused isolation, hardships for small businesses, health issues, and has left hospitals overwhelmed and healthcare staff exhausted. And while these effects have been felt on a global scale, times have been very difficult for Albertans as UCP policies have made life more expensive for families.”
“Today Alberta can start work to move towards a more diversified economy that sets Alberta up for long term growth that will lead to more jobs, and more certainty for families. “
A by-election has been called for the Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche region following Laila Goodridge moving into Federal politics and giving up her seat in the riding. Goodridge was elected as the MP for as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Fort McMurray—Cold Lake from the Conservative Party in the fall of 2021. She served as Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche from 2018 to 2021.
Candidate nominations are now open and end on February 25, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.
Advance Polls begin on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 and end on Saturday March 12, 2022.
Election Day is March 15, 2022. All polls will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Unofficial results will be available after the polls close on Election Day.
Official results will be announced on March 25, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.