Albertans head to the polls 0
The finish line is in sight.
Neck and neck in the polls, the front-runners in the race to lead Alberta made their final pitches in Calgary on Sunday, trying to rally support with election day looming.
Premier Alison Redford spent Sunday hoping to keep Calgary blue and orange, making nine campaign stops in a city increasingly favouring Wildrose green, according to latest polling numbers.
Despite campaign ups and downs, Redford said her Progressive Conservative party continued to talk about their plan to shape the future of Alberta by investing in infrastructure, programs and services while balancing the books.
"I am very proud that our candidates talked about that, I am proud that we were able to talk about that and I am very proud that in the past 10 days that is what Albertans are talking about," she said.
With an uncertain election day looming -- a day Redford has been touting all along as the only poll that matters -- she said voters should take a close look at who has earned their pick.
"What I am saying is please take a look at your local candidate, please take a look at the fiscal plans," she said.
"Our plan is sensible, our plan makes sense for Alberta. We can afford to do it and balance the budget, and we can continue to grow as a province."
Meanwhile, Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith is confident going into Monday's vote.
Rallying in Calgary's northwest, Smith said her candidates have done an excellent job pushing the party's platform to Albertans in the past few weeks.
"I think we've done everything we could have possibly done to be able to make sure that we put a good effort in every constituency," Smith said.
Smith said she is prepared to see a vigorous fight in several close ridings Monday night and is encouraging every Albertan to go out and vote.
"There are many, many races where it is neck and neck," she said.
"We have identified about 23 ridings where we know it's a real fight, that's why I have been spending so much time over the last two days stopping in and talking to candidates, talking to their campaign teams, telling them to get out because every vote is going to count.
"It could go either way."
Regardless of the outcome, Smith said she is proud looking back at what her team has achieved.
"I wanted to wake up on election day feeling like there wasn't one more hand I could've shaken, one more event I could've gone to, or one more speech I could have given," she said. "And that's exactly how I'm going to feel Monday morning."
On Monday morning, Redford will be voting in her riding, Calgary-Elbow, with her 10-year-old daughter Sarah by her side before making a final blitz through Edmonton, Leduc, Red Deer and Innisfail, returning to her campaign headquarters in Calgary to watch the polls come in.
Smith will be casting her ballot in High River, where she will also gather with supporters on election night.