Albertans are casting ballots today in two byelections to replace two members of the United Conservative Party.
In Fort McMurray-Conklin, former Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean left in March after his unsuccessful bid to head the United Conservatives.
There are five candidates in each riding, and advanced polling suggests a greater interest in the races compared with the 2015 election.
The results will not change the balance of power in the legislature since Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP holds 54 of the 87 seats.
The winning candidate will have to run again in less than a year when the spring 2019 general election is called.
In Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, United Conservative candidate Devin Dreeshen, an area farmer and businessman, has campaigned on getting rid of Alberta’s carbon tax and NDP policies he says are hurting the economy.
Nicole Mooney, a high school English teacher in Red Deer, ran on the NDP government’s track record, particularly funding frontline services in education and health care.