Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Alberta's New Government
I was predicting a PC win with a smaller majority (around 50 MLAs) with a strong NDP Opposition. Boy, did I get it wrong! This is only the second time in Alberta's history that we've elected a left leaning government.
Our first was the Alberta Liberal government in Alberta's infant years as a province, back in 1905. Ever since the Liberals were voted out in the 1920s, we've always chosen a right leaning government starting with the UFA (United Farmers of Alberta), then Social Credit and onto Peter Lougheed's Progressive Conservatives. That four decade Progressive Conservative dynasty ended last night.
One politician I lament losing is Jim Prentice. I realize that some of last night's results were partially of his making, but I believe the man is a true Albertan - and has always had the best interests of this province at heart.
I refuse to blow taps on this province I love. People are citing NDP screw-ups in other provinces as a prediction of what will happen here. I disagree.
Alberta is absolutely nothing like the other Canadian provinces which have elected NDP governments. Our economy is strong here, despite the blip in oil prices. They'll recover! They always have. Alberta's economy is still the envy of the rest of this great nation.
I say: give the Alberta NDP Government a chance. I'm sure they will work hard to keep Alberta on top! I believe the sun will continue to shine on this province. And congratulations to Premier-Elect Rachel Notley! I'm looking forward to working with you, and your new government, in the near future.