POLITICS

Alberta party leaders continue with promises, speeches as election day nears

04/30/2015 04:00 EDT | Updated 08/06/2015 09:59 EDT
EDMONTON - The last few days of the Alberta election campaign sees the leaders of the main political parties in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge.

Liberal Leader David Swann says he will announce what he calls the largest post-secondary investment in Alberta's history at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, then he heads to Calgary to attend a debate on the province's water supply.

NDP Leader Rachel Notley meets with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, then heads to a dance cafe in Lethbridge.

Wildrose Leader Brian Jean is in Calgary to announce a plan about jobs and to meet with that city's chamber of commerce, then heads to Red Deer for a rally.

Conservative Leader Jim Prentice is giving a speech at the annual PC's leader's dinner in Edmonton.

Prentice spent part of Wednesday answering questions about why the Conservatives are OK with a candidate convicted of soliciting a prostitute running again, but disqualified a candidate because an ex-girlfriend took out a restraining order against him.

Speaking on a provincewide radio show, Prentice said Mike Allen took responsibility and pleaded guilty after he was caught in an undercover sting operation while on government business in Minnesota in 2013.

Allen is the Tory incumbent in Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo in next Tuesday's election.

Jamie Lall was disqualified from running for the PCs in Chestermere-Rocky View. Court documents show Lall had a restraining order against him in 2007 in relation to an ex-girlfriend. The order alleged Lall was abusive and threatening.

Prentice said the restraining order told him Lall is not acceptable as a candidate and added Lall was "not forthright" with the nomination committee who interviewed him about that.

Lall has said he told the party about the restraining order as far back as 2012 and that it wasn't an issue for the party then.

Jean promised to complete Calgary's ring road if his party wins Tuesday's election.

He said he would reverse a plan announced by the Progressive Conservatives in last month's budget to delay the final leg for a decade.

Notley promised to eliminate a planned Tory health-care levy and get rid of cuts to health care.

Swann promised to double funding to the province's arts foundation.