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Conference to look forward to issues set to dominate the 2019 Alberta election

EDMONTON – Two dozen speakers will look forward to the issues and political dynamics that will influence Albertans in the spring provincial election at the 22nd annual Parkland Institute conference, Alberta 2019: Forces of Change, taking place this weekend on the University of Alberta campus.

"As we head into the 2019 Alberta election, it is important that we look critically at the current political, economic, and social context of the province," says Parkland Institute Executive Director Ricardo Acuña. "Alberta is not the same place it was in May 2015. The numerous competing forces at play in our province today are vying to set Alberta’s trajectory for the next decade or more, and it is important that Albertans understand those forces and their implications. This conference will help start that conversation."

The full schedule and list of speakers for the November 16–18 conference, which takes place in the Engineering Teaching & Learning Complex on the University of Alberta campus, is available at parklandconference.ca. Conference highlights include:

Opening Keynote "In the Eye of the Storm"
with Lynne Fernandez
Friday, November 16, 7:00 pm

Closing Keynote "Petro Politics and Bitumen’s Volatile Legacy"
with Andrew Nikiforuk
Sunday, November 18, 12:00 pm

"The Values, Attitudes, and Motivations of Alberta Voters"
with Janet Brown
Saturday, November 17, 9:00 am

"Thoughts from a Traitorous Albertan: Treaty Feminism in 2019"
with Emily Riddle
Saturday, November 17, 4:00 pm

"Understanding Alberta: Why Are You Laughing?"
with Fred Stenson
Sunday, November 18, 9:00 am

Advance interviews with speakers and media passes for the conference can be arranged by request.

Parkland Institute is a non-partisan public policy research institute in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.

For more information or to arrange interviews:

Scott Harris
Communications Coordinator
Tel. 780-492-8558 | Cell. 780-710-2025
sgharris@ualberta.ca

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