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Almost 700K vote in Alberta advance polls: UCP leader says bodes well for him

Last Updated Apr 15, 2019 at 1:56 pm MDT

United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney attends a rally as part of the UCP campaign platform roll out in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, March 30, 2019.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. – Alberta United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney says the strong turnout at advance polls means a boost for his party heading into Tuesday’s election.

Almost 700,000 people voted in recent days, dwarfing the 235,000 who cast ballots ahead of time in 2015.

Kenney says that means voters want change, which bodes well for his United Conservatives as they seek to defeat Rachel Notley’s NDP.

Kenney made the comments at a rally with supporters in the Edmonton bedroom community of Sherwood Park on the last full day of campaigning.

Speaking later, Kenney said he had not spoken with Calgary UCP candidate Peter Singh, whose business was raided last week by the RCMP.

Mounties took a hard drive and other materials from Singh’s auto-repair shop, but Kenney said police are not dealing with Singh, but with Singh’s son.