Edmonton a serious battlefield within the 2019 federal election: political scientist

Edmonton will play a key role in the 2019 general election, says a political science professor at MacEwan University.

In the past few months, the leaders of Canada’s main political parties have toured the country to make their appeals to the electorate.

So far, Edmonton has been an important stop. In the past nine weeks the city has been visited by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Conservative Party chairman Andrew Scheer.

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Conservative leader Andrew Scheer mingles with potential voters at K-Days in Edmonton


Conservative leader Andrew Scheer mingles with potential voters at K-Days in Edmonton – July 20, 2019

“In Alberta, the worst-case scenario for Mr. Trudeau is a Conservative raid. I don’t think that’s going to happen, ”said political science professor Chaldean Mensah. “I think Calgary is likely to get conservative.”

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Mensah expects Edmonton to be a highly competitive battlefield, with voting – similar to 2015 – going back to a few select rides.

Edmonton Mill Woods

Edmonton Mill Woods riding is currently represented by Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister for Natural Resources.

The 2015 election for Sohi was paper thin, however, after ousting conservative candidate Tim Uppal with just 92 votes after a judicial recount.

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“It will be very interesting to see this competition. The two candidates are very strong on site, ”said Mensah.

Edmonton Center

“An enduring rocking ride” is how Mensah describes riding at the Edmonton Center, currently run by Randy Boissonnault. Since 2004, Edmonton Center has been represented by both Liberals and Conservatives.

Mensah believes Trudeau’s campaign will likely be about social issues and climate change, and that could bring in the progressive voices in equestrianism.

“When Mr Scheer runs on Mr Trudeau’s files, it is a stimulating, mobilizing force for the conservatives,” said Mensah.

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Edmonton-Strathcona

Since 2008, the riding of Edmonton-Strathcona is represented by Linda Duncan of the NDP, which is not standing for election again.

The NDP is looking for Heather McPherson to keep this seat orange, with Edmonton-Strathcona being the party’s only ride in Alberta.

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Edmonton-Strathcona is an NDP stronghold and could remain so with the help of Alberta’s only NDP prime minister who has served, Mensah said.

“If Rachel Notley is very supportive of this candidate, it could make a big difference. It could lead to a victory for the NDP in Edmonton-Strathcona, ”said Mensah.

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