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Election was about the economy says business advocate

Last Updated Apr 17, 2019 at 11:02 am MDT

A service rig crew performs maintenance and repair work on an oilfield pumpjack and well head site in Alberta on June 20, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Despite the criticism levelled at the United Conservative Party over its stance on some controversial social issues, voters were more concerned about economic issues.

That is the view of Amber Ruddy, Western Canada Director for Counsel Public Affairs.

“Obviously there has been a difficult economic situation with oil and gas and nobody is blaming that on our former premier,” Ruddy said. “But what we are saying is that there have been challenging times made worse by poor public policies.”

Critics have accused the UCP of harbouring candidates with anti-gay or homophobic views.

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Ruddy said the results are proof economic uncertainty trumped all other issues.

“As much as some people have tried to make this about identity politics, this is really about jobs, the economy and pipelines,” Ruddy said. “And that was the ballot question that really won the day.”

Ruddy expects Premier-designate Jason Kenney will waste little time

“I’m looking forward to the series of bills and legislation that’s going to get the province back on track, including Bill 1, the act to repeal the carbon tax and Bill 2, the open for business act.”

The UCP has also promised to introduce the Bill 3, the farm freedom act which claims to exempt small farms from employment legislation and minimize the regulatory burden on farmers and ranchers.