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Updated: 12th July 2018 14:17

Byelection polls open for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake and Fort McMurray-Conklin

Polls are open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday for the Innisfail-Sylvan Lake byelection.

Byelection triggered when MLA stepped down after being charged with sexually assaulting a minor

The candidates for MLA of Innisfail-Sylvan Lake are, from left, Abigail Douglass, Devin Dreeshen, Nicole Mooney, Nick Jansen and David Inscho. (CBC, wheatgrowers, CBC, Twitter, Facebook)

Albertans will cast their ballots in the Innisfail-Sylvan Lake byelection Thursday.

Polls are open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The byelection is one of two being held Thursday in Alberta. The other one is in Fort McMurray-Conklin.

They were triggered by the resignations of UCP MLA Don MacIntyre in Innisfail-Sylvan Lake and former Wildrose leader and UCP MLA Brian Jean in Fort McMurray-Conklin.

Jean stepped down from his seat in March after losing the United Conservative Party leadership race to Jason Kenney.

MacIntyre resigned in February after he was charged with sexual offences against a girl under the age of 16. 

Innisfail-Sylvan Lake is known to be somewhat of a conservative stronghold, and interest in the byelection is expected to be low as it's summer and just 10 months before the next provincial election is expected. 

The five candidates vying to be the next MLA of Innisfail-Sylvan Lake are:

  • Nicole Mooney, NDP.
  • Abigail Douglass, Alberta Party.
  • Devin Dreeshen, UCP.
  • Nick Jansen, Liberal.
  • David Inscho, independent. 

Devin Dreeshen of the UCP and Nicole Mooney of the NDP are among five candidates running in the Innisfail-Sylvan Lake byelection. (UCP/NDP photos)

Mooney, a high school teacher, recently backtracked on anti-abortion comments she made while on a field trip with dozens of her high school students at the 2014 March for Life protest.

Premier Rachel Notley's government has a pro-choice policy.

Dreeshen, the son of local Conservative MP Earl Dreeshen, campaigned for U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016, Vice News has reported. 

CBC News has reached out repeatedly to Dreeshen for comment. 

Jansen is a policy analyst, Inscho, formerly of the Wildrose Party, is president of the Alberta Advantage Party, and Douglass, the youngest candidate at 23, works in communications.

In Fort McMurray-Conklin, the candidates are:

  • Sid Fayad, Alberta Party.
  • Laila Goodridge, UCP.
  • Jane Stroud, NDP.
  • Robin Le Fevre, Liberal.
  • Brian Deheer, Green.

Fayad is a well-known business owner in Fort McMurray, Stroud a former city councillor, Goodridge a former Wildrose candidate who worked in oil and gas, Le Fevre a lawyer, and Deheer an environmental advocate and member of the Athabasca Watershed Council.

Numbers released Monday by Elections Alberta showed that 1,074 people voted in the five-day advance poll last week in Fort McMurray-Conklin, compared with 719 who voted in the four-day advance poll in 2015.

Advance poll numbers for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake for the two votes were similar: 2,845 people voted last week compared with 2,826 in 2015.

There are 33,227 registered voters in Innisfail-Sylvan Lake and 13,222 in Fort McMurray-Conklin.

A list of polling places and election information is available on the Elections Alberta website.

Results will begin to be posted online shortly after polls close at 8 p.m. 



With files from Anis Heydari, Michelle Bellefontaine.

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