Newspaper article The Canadian Press

NDP Notley Tells More Than 1,000 Supporters in Edmonton "Time for Change"

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

NDP Notley Tells More Than 1,000 Supporters in Edmonton "Time for Change"

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More than 1,000 rally for Notley in Edmonton

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EDMONTON - NDP Leader Rachel Notley told more than 1,000 cheering supporters Sunday that the choice for Alberta's future is their's and doesn't belong to Premier Jim Prentice and his "five (corporate) friends."

"It is spring in Alberta!" Notley shouted to a packed room at an Edmonton hotel.

"It's time for renewal. It is time for change. It's time for new people with new ideas, better ideas, ideas about making things better instead of worse," she said as the crowd roared.

"And I say this to every Albertan in every community of this province: You don't have to repeat history. This Tuesday you can make history."

Supporters came wearing "Notley Crue" T-shirts. They waved orange party placards and chanted Notley's name.

Two came dressed in head-to-toe, face-covering, orange spandex body suits.

Notley later told reporters it was the largest NDP rally she had ever attended in Alberta.

Voters go to the polls Tuesday in what opinion surveys have suggested will be a close three-way race among Prentice's Progressive Conservatives, the NDP and the Wildrose party.

In the last week, Prentice and the PCs have repeatedly warned voters that an NDP government would destroy Alberta's economy.

On Friday, five Edmonton business leaders held a news conference to ridicule the NDP's economic platform. They urged voters to back Prentice and the PCs to stay in government.

All five are donors to the PC party and some have received millions of dollars in government contracts.

"Why is it always the corporations? Why is it always?" John Cameron of Kellor Construction told the news conference, referring to the NDP promise to raise corporate income taxes to 12 per cent from the current rate of 10 per cent.

At 10 per cent, Alberta's rates are the lowest in Canada.

Prentice has ruled out hikes to corporate taxes and oil royalties, while promising to hike personal taxes and user fees virtually across the board. …

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