SMITH: Rachel Notley ran her party into the ground 
When asked about the financial disparities between the two parties, Smith said NDP Leader Rachel Notley “ran her party into the ground.”

Alexa Posa

April 17, 2024

At a Conservative dinner event, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith said Rachel Notley ran her party into the ground.

SMITH: Rachel Notley ran her party into the ground 

On Tuesday, Premier Smith hosted a United Conservative Party dinner in Edmonton with an attendance surpassing 1300 individuals. 

At the event, Smith told The Counter Signal she’s celebrating the fifth-year anniversary of the UCP kicking the NDP out of office. 

She stated, “We won the support of Albertans back because we have a common-sense platform.”

“We promised fiscal sanity, which we delivered on. We promised to prioritize the things that people care about, and you saw the results.”

Additionally, when asked about the financial disparities between the two parties, Smith said NDP Leader Rachel Notley “ran her party into the ground.”

She made note of how successful the UCP has been at fundraising, contrary to the NDP, who started the year off with $624,000 in debt

“At the end of the year, we had a million dollars in the bank… so I’m feeling pretty good about the position our parties in,” Smith concluded. 

Rachel Notley leaves her party nearly bankrupt 

According to financial disclosures from Elections Alberta, Notley is leaving her party with a debt of $624,000 despite receiving significant funding. 

The NDP raised roughly $9 million last year, with Notley managing to waste it all away, while the UCP raised a record-breaking $10.5 million. 

Notley additionally squandered the $5.5 million they had saved in 2023, spending a large portion on a 30-second ad for the Oscars. 

The price tag for the ad is not clear; however, Fortune estimates that the average ad played for 30 seconds at the Oscars costs about $1.85 million. 

Unfortunately for Notley, her almost $2,000,000 ad created no positive outcome for her party, as she ultimately lost the 2023 election to Smith by a massive number.

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