Steve Burgess: Go home, Alberta, said the nation on Tuesday. You’re drunk. At roughly the moment Premier-designate Rachel Notley began her triumphant election night speech in an Edmonton ballroom, the Calgary Flames scored in overtime to defeat the Anaheim Ducks at the Saddledome.
There could no longer be any doubt about it: Notley is Hermione Granger. Traffic lights will turn green at her approach. Will and Kate will call to inquire if it’s too late to change that royal baby name to Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Rachel. She’d done the impossible. Until now it was believed you could only pull off this kind of thing with dragons. And that it was. Some opposition reactions were televised; remarkably, none of them involving ritual seppuku. And the initial reaction of defeated premier Jim Prentice? At least Prentice did not take to a podium to announce he was joining the NDP, an event that by current Alberta political standards might rate as a page-three item.
Anyway, Mr. And that’s when we found out that magic is real. National Post. Unofficial Poll Results. Alberta_NDP_Platform_2015.pdf. Five Things We Can Learn From the Alberta Election It happened.
It wasn't a dream, or wonky polling. No one jinxed it. Alberta has a majority NDP government. Helping get out the vote in Edmonton Centre, I could feel the shift on the ground when property managers happily opened up their buildings so I could knock on doors, and voters came up to me, unprompted, proudly declaring "I voted NDP. " Voter pride was trumping voter apathy. The unpredictability of politics is what makes it so exciting, each breakthrough victory offering a new case study in political change. Think beyond stereotypes The big surprise with the NDP's breakthrough is Alberta is seen as the country's most conservative province. Rachel Notley reminded everyone that Alberta is defined by... Albertans did exactly that, reminding the country that enough is enough -- the policies that got the province into this economic mess are not working and party loyalties will shift because of it. Don't disrespect voters Why exactly was this election called?
Close. Top 8 progressive changes coming to Alberta. The historic results of the Alberta election on Tuesday represent a resounding win for progressives.
After more than four decades of conservative rule, here’s a primer on the top eight progressive policies Albertans embraced with the election of a majority NDP government under Rachel Notley. 1. Boost to minimum wage for the working poor Fair wages are a key buffer against inequality, and boosting minimum wages can help alleviate the challenges that plague so many of the working poor. Albertans backed a platform to increase the minimum wage to $15 hour by 2018. They have also chosen a government that will enhance the Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit and the Alberta Working Family Supplement so that “low income families do not have to wait more than a year to benefit.” 2. Alberta is facing a budget deficit (the PC government under Jim Prentice tabled a budget in March with a $5 billion deficit), and Albertans voted to ask corporations to do their part. Alberta Loses Its Goddamn Mind for the Fourth Time: A Guide for the Perplexed.
When Alberta goes, she fuckin' goes. It'll be hard to recapture how it felt to see the TV pundits call an NDP majority in Alberta without the help of low-dose entheogens. The 2015 election was supposed to be boring. Tedious, even. Jim Prentice decided to flout the province's fixed-date election law because all the astrological signs pointed to an easy, uncomplicated win. The main opposition—the Wildrose Alliance Party, a rural, right-wing protest party—had been decapitated a few months earlier in the largest and most outrageous floor-crossing in Canadian political history, when opposition leader Danielle Smith and all her high-profile colleagues decided they'd rather be on the winning team.
All in all, it seemed like a pretty good time to for Prentice to pull the trigger. And then.... well, shit went off the rails. Look at this lefty loon, former Alberta premier Ed Stelmach, talking to reporters like a damn communist.