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NDP leader Notley woos small-c conservatives, says UCP would attack minorities

Last Updated Apr 10, 2019 at 12:19 pm MDT

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks to a large crowd during a rally in Edmonton on Sunday, March 17, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

CALGARY – Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley is urging small-c conservatives to come on board because they share core values with her party and not Jason Kenney’s United Conservatives.

Notley says it’s clear from the policies and comments from some UCP candidates that a Kenney government wouldn’t protect some religions and LGBTQ groups.

Speaking in Calgary as advance polls remain open for Tuesday’s election, Notley also urged voters to cast a ballot for the NDP instead of for the Liberals or Alberta Party so as to join forces to beat the UCP.

Polls suggest the UCP is leading in the campaign, but Notley said she is spending more of her time in Calgary because the gap is closing as people focus their attention on Kenney’s policies.

Kenney has said his party believes in equality for all and he has touted his party’s ethnically diverse candidates.

But he has also promised to roll back some privacy protections for children who join gay-straight alliances at schools.