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Alberta party leaders use last few days of election campaign to win over voters

05/01/2015 04:00 EDT | Updated 08/10/2015 07:59 EDT
EDMONTON - Alberta party leaders are heading into the last weekend before the election trying to win the hearts and minds of voters.

Conservative Leader Jim Prentice starts off in Red Deer, then heads to Trochu and Airdrie.

NDP Leader Rachel Notley is casting her vote today at an advanced poll in Edmonton, then makes appearances in Morinville and St. Albert.

Wildrose Leader Brian Jean is in Calgary talking about keeping families strong, then heads to Cochrane before returning to Cowtown for a rally.

Liberal Leader David Swann announces a health policy in Calgary, then does some door knocking.

Swann announced Thursday that his party will invest $250 million for skills training and post-secondary education if they form government in Tuesday's election.

Swann made the promise at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, saying an economic downturn is the best time to invest in education.

Notley said voters shouldn't worry about a lack of experience if her party wins the election.

The New Democrats are running a full slate of 87 candidates, including some university students. There are four incumbents.

Notley has acknowledged that some of her candidates are nominated both federally and provincially, but she stressed they will serve as members of the Alberta legislature if the NDP is victorious on Tuesday.

Prentice ratcheted up warnings of a NDP-governed Alberta at a fundraising dinner in Edmonton Thursday night. He told 1,500 party faithful that the NDP could "undermine the heart of Alberta's economy."

In recent days, Prentice has criticized the NDP for promising to hike the corporate tax rate to 12 per cent from 10 per cent and increase income taxes on high-end earners.