The Wildrose were NOT all that much more conservative than the Tories; yes, they had some members who were, but their leader (till recently) was not; see my commentary from the last AB election, here.
Albertans are not so much conservative or progressive, as they are populist, and in favour of long-term political dynasties of whatever persuasion they feel like choosing once in a while; see my chart there, for a run-down of their entire electoral history.
I fully expect the NDP to remain in power for the next several elections, given Albertans’ political history. The ‘right’ will remain divided for some time to come, and the NDP will keep winning, until Albertans are sick of them.
Eventually, the myth that Alberta is really that much more conservative than any other Canadian province will die, as it deserves to.
This article from Reuters explains what happened.
The left-wing New Democrats won election in the Canadian province of Alberta on Tuesday, ending the 44-year run by the Progressive Conservatives amid promises to review oversight of the oil and gas sector in the home of Canada’s oil sands.
At the end of a month-long campaign, the New Democratic Party (NDP), which has never held more than 16 seats in the 87-seat provincial legislature, will lead a majority government. It held a commanding lead in early results, leading or elected in 54 seats at 9 p.m. local time while the Conservatives were ahead in just 13, according to CBC TV.
The NDP is expected to be far less accommodative to the Western Canadian province’s powerful energy industry.
NDP Premier-elect Rachel Notley has proposed reduced support for pipeline export projects and a…
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