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Spring election: Alberta legislature ends what could be last sitting before vote

The Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, Alberta on Friday March 28, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

EDMONTON – Alberta politicians have wrapped up what could be the final sitting of the current legislature before a provincial election in the spring.

Premier Rachel Notley has committed to holding the election sometime next March, April or May, as mandated in legislation, meaning the campaign could begin as early as February.

But she isn’t saying whether a spring sitting will be held or a budget introduced before voters go to the polls.

She says the government is still considering its options.

Jason Kenney, who leads the Opposition United Conservatives, says the light agenda in the fall sitting shows that the NDP are out of ideas.

He says the sooner the election, the better.

The Alberta Party also says a vote should come as soon as possible, while the Liberals want to see a budget from the NDP before Notley seeks a renewed mandate.