OVERVIEW

Edmonton Mill Woods was decided by 92 votes in 2015 when Liberal candidate Amarjeet Sohi narrowly defeated Conservative candidate Tim Uppal.

The two are going head-to-head again four years later with the race is expected to be close for the second time, especially after Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's blackface scandal.

Sohi's win in 2015 was one of four for the Liberal Party in Alberta—two of which came in Edmonton. A win for Uppal in Edmonton Mill Woods would strengthen the grip for the Conservatives in Alberta.

Riding currently held by: Liberal

 

CANDIDATES

AMARJEET SOHI – Liberal (Incumbent)

Sohi was a three-term Edmonton City Councillor before he became a Member of Parliament. In the Trudeau government, Sohi started as infrastructure minister before he became natural resources minister.

TANYA HERBERT – Green

Herbert is a teacher and former engineer. She is focused on tackling the climate crisis and helping Canada stop its reliance on fossil fuels.

DON MELANSON – Christian Heritage

After working as an insurance agent, Melanson has been with Canada Post for the past 14 years. He ran in the latest provincial election in Strathcona-Sherwood Park with the Alberta Advantage Party.

NIGEL LOGAN – NDP

Logan lives in Edmonton Mill Woods and works in IT. Childcare, affordable housing and protecting the environment are part of his platform.

TIM UPPAL – Conservative

Uppal was an MP for Edmonton Sherwood Park between 2008 and 2015. During that time, he was state for democratic reform minister and state for multiculturalism minister.

ANNIE YOUNG – People's Party of Canada

Young has a PhD, MBA, as well as a background in politics and law.

 

ANALYSIS

Two political analysts told CTV News Edmonton Trudeau's blackface controversy could have an effect come Oct. 21.

"If Mr. Sohi loses because of how close it is, we need to blame Mr. Trudeau for that situation because the last time they ran the difference was about a hundred votes," MacEwan University political scientist professor Chaldeans Mensah said.

Political analyst John Brennan said when there is a close race, "every little negative thing about your leader on your party can hurt the local candidate."

While Uppal could benefit from the scandal, Mensah said vote splitting among the other candidates could impact his chances of winning Edmonton Mill Woods.