POLITICS

Alberta candidates spend weekend on campaign final touches

03/25/2012 10:12 EDT | Updated 05/25/2012 05:12 EDT

With Alberta Premier Allison Redford expected to call a provincial election at any time, many soon-to-be candidates spent the weekend making last-minute preparations.

Sitting on a couch in his Edmonton-Rutherford campaign office, Michael Walters and a volunteer put together lawn signs.

Near the door, bundles of Alberta Party signs have been stacked up, ready to go out as soon as the election is called.

And while he has been door-knocking for months, Walters says there's always more to do to get ready for the young party's first election.

"It's just getting all that stuff ready to let people know that there is a new party on the ballot this time, and it's a party that is really worth considering," he said.

It's been a busy weekend all over the province.

Campaign offices have been opened and volunteers have been getting ready for an election that could be called as early as Monday.

Courtney Luimes, the campaign manager for Conservative candidate David Dorward, said with the short election season, candidates want to be able to hit the ground running and will most likely work everyday.

"The campaign will only be 28 days, so we'll take any time we can to get slight advantage," she said.

If Redford calls the election on Monday, Albertans would go to the polls on April 23.