March 24, 2016 12:59 am

Notley says byelection loss not a rejection of NDP government

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks to media after meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Edmonton Alta, on Wednesday February 3, 2016.


EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her party’s fourth-place finish in the Calgary-Greenway byelection was not a repudiation of her government’s policies.

Notley says voters in the riding were sending a message to her government that they are concerned about the economy.

She says that message was reinforced on the doorsteps during the campaign, and it’s an issue her government will continue to work on.

Calgary has been hard hit by the downturn in the oil economy, with thousands of jobs lost.

Progressive Conservative candidate Prab Gill emerged as the winner in Tuesday’s byelection, winning by 335 votes over Devinder Toor of the Wildrose party.

READ MORE: PC party keeps Calgary-Greenway seat with byelection win

The NDP has 54 seats in the legislature, compared with 22 for the Wildrose, nine for the PCs and single seats for the Liberals and the Alberta party.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

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