Advance polls open on Apr. 9 across Alberta for the Apr. 16 provincial election, including Cochrane and area.

At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, the doors opened at the office of the returning officer, 215 100 Grande Boulevard and remain open until 8 p.m. Those wanting or needing to vote in advance of the Tuesday, Apr. 16 election can vote there until Sat. Apr. 13 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Elsewhere in the area, they can vote at the Bearspaw Lions Club Hall, 25240 Nagway, adjacent to Hwy. 1A in Bearspaw.

Electors can vote at any advance poll across the province. On election day, you must vote at the polling station assigned to your home address.

Those 18 and older who reside in Alberta and are a Canadian citizen can vote. If you are not already on the voters list you can register at the polling station. You must bring acceptable identification. Details can be found at

Five candidates names will be listed on the ballot for the Airdrie-Cochrane constituency. They are: Danielle Cameron, Alberta Independence Party; Steve Durrell, Alberta NDP; Peter Guthrie, United Conservative Party; Matthew Morrisey, Freedom Conservative Party; and Vern Raincock, Alberta Party.

Five candidates will be vying to unseat incumbent Cameron Westhead, Alberta NDP, in the Banff-Kananaskis riding. They are: Anita Crowshoe, Alberta Independence Party; Gwyneth Midgley, Alberta Liberals; Dave Phillips, independent; Miranda Rosin, UCP; and Brenda Stanton, Alberta Party.

The Banff-Kananaskis riding falls outside of the Cochrane town limits to the west and south and in the immediate area includes the Ghost Valley area, the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, Redwood Meadows and Bragg Creek.

Question of the Day Starts Tomorrow

Five Candidates - Five Questions - Five Days

Starting tomorrow, Cochrane Now and AIR 91.5 FM will be broadcasting and publishing a series of questions asked of all five candidates in the Airdrie-Cochrane riding.

Each day, the candidates will answer one daily question. The questions centre upon pressing issues both across the riding and the province. 

Cochrane Now will be publishing their written answers to these questions and you can also catch them on air at 91.5 FM.

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