May 06, 2015

Alberta election wrap-up: NDP majority stuns nation

Marc PatroneRebel Commentator

Long considered the country's conservative heartland, Alberta has stunned the nation by voting in an NDP majority government.

Alberta's 44-year PC dynasty has been swept away by Rachel Notely's NDP tide that rolled over Jim Prentice and has changed the political landscape of the province overnight.

Despite the bungled rollout of her fiscal platform, Notley ran an excellent campaign highlighted by her win in the leaders debate.

So resounding was his defeat, Prentice resigned immediately as leader, and has left behind a party in third place trailing the resurgent Wildrose which will serve as official opposition.

For the Wildrose, which faced relentless PC attacks and the poaching of its MLAs, the results offer a sweet measure of payback.

More importantly, Albertans are waking up to a province governed by a left wing party committed to raising program spending and corporate taxes, redistributing wealth and most soberingly, adopting energy policies that may stifle the province's economy over the next four years.

On one hand, Notley wants to milk corporate Alberta for more money to fund the growth of government while adopting policies many fear will hinder the private sector's capacity to invest and grow its business.

But Albertan's had clearly grown tired of PC scandals, cronyism, arrogance, proposed tax hikes and a fatal flip flop as Prentice chose to ignore the province's fixed election law in favour of a spring vote.

The floor crossings back in December by nine Wildrose members angered many who saw it as a flagrant attack on
the democratic will of voters.

Those decisions all proved disastrous for Prentice and his party has been decimated.

It's a brave new world for Alberta.

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commented 2015-05-09 00:38:52 -0400
I don’t see how the people that research their candidate before they vote should have to deal with the consequences of the ones who don’t. There should be a technological system where we can watch the results unfold and alter the voters to allow a balanced result. (Dreaming) As it stands I think we should call another election since we now realize that this could kill more people than one convicted terrorist.
commented 2015-05-06 17:38:42 -0400
Good riddance to Prentice. That is the only silver lining here. I notice that even downtown Lethbridge and Medicine Hat went NDP. WTF?!
commented 2015-05-06 14:03:40 -0400
The PC’s did it to themselves. Alison Redford’s time surely was a significant nail in the coffin of the PC Party. What’s next only time will tell. Kudos to Prentice for stepping aside. I’m not sure he had a lot of choice.
commented 2015-05-06 13:21:11 -0400
George Dyer – good one.
commented 2015-05-06 13:14:37 -0400
Like Albertans always say to Ontarians, it’s your fault. You elected them.
commented 2015-05-06 12:36:01 -0400
No need for Albertans to waste their time wondering what the future holds for them, thanks to the brilliant and insightful inference from the Ottawa Citizen writer Glen McGregor who has taught us about the strength of the indisputable connection between a person’s character and the character of another person who shares the same birthday.

I ‘m noting that Rachel Notley shares the same birthday, April 17, as Posh Spice girl Victoria Beckham.

I can almost hear Rachel now, singing to her CUPE husband; “Just tell me what you want, what you really, really want . . . “
commented 2015-05-06 12:18:19 -0400
Albertans are just sooooooo screwed ! ! !
Lived through the 90s in BC . . . house prices TANKED . . . Private Sector UNIONS lost 1000s of members as companies closed . . . deficits and taxes GREW . . . as did Unemployment ! ! !
Good luck Alberta . . . I think you are going to need it !
Who would have believed in a little over a decade, Saskatchewan becomes Alberta and Alberta becomes Saskatchewan . . .
commented 2015-05-06 11:33:05 -0400
Some times you have to tear a house down, and rebuild from the ground up. There is no better political party to tear down a province, than the NDP. So in 4 years, when the province is in shambles, it’s debt is soaring, spending is out of control, and taxes are rising faster than the waters on the deck of the Titanic, Albertans will rally and vote in a government that actually works. Lets hope!
commented 2015-05-06 11:30:59 -0400
This is a horrible situation that is framing up the Socialists’ have been brainwashing our children and grandchildren and we are all in danger of Karl Marx coming in through the back door – only now with the events that are happening world wide soon Karl Marx will just walk in through the front door! I fi you love freedom and freedom of choices in life, if you enjoy planning things for and in your life instead of having someone make decisions for you that you don’t like, for Heavens’ Sake people….I implore you wake up the clock is at 1:00 Minute to Midnight! God help us!
commented 2015-05-06 11:05:49 -0400
The NDP is not a governing party – it is a protest vote….and Albertans have proved this. The PCs in Alberta (CINO – Conservative In Name Only) are actually like the Ontario Liberals and really needed their asses handed to them (pardon my language). When Ontario voted in the NDP as a protest vote against David Peterson’s Liberals – Bob Rae turned Ontario into a ‘have not’ province and we have been assured of that status by the governing Liberals. I certainly hope the Alberta NDP does not treat Alberta’s oil as a curse and decimate that industry that has paid for a lot of our social programs. Other countries would kill to have the blessings that Alberta has – I hope the NDP does not destroy that beautiful province (like the PCs began to). Best of luck to you all – the election result will have national economic rarefactions.
commented 2015-05-06 10:48:58 -0400
Upset with a PC government Nova Scotia also tried to send a message by voting in a majority NDP government and the economic fallout was a disaster for the province. Failed theory and policy. Buckle up folks. You are in for a very rough ride .
commented 2015-05-06 10:23:42 -0400
As Mike Harris vs “Bob Rae and the Clampetts” proved in Ontario, Wild Rose “only” has to create confidence in a majority of the public that they represent an honest, competent alternative to succeed those about to run the show from now to the next election. Socialist party style governments invariably screw up badly because their priorities are always about the power and patronage, almost never about fiscal responsibility. If the media party is in bed with them, then outlets like the Rebel will have a huge task to dig for the truth and make it stick.
commented 2015-05-06 09:51:25 -0400
This new government will last only one term — before being violently booted in the next election. The biggest question is: who will replace them in four years? Because at that point, we’ll have a massive deficit/debt, a hugely ballooned bureaucracy, and a struggling economy. Not to mention the huge increases in taxes that will hit us all. Alberta, expect your gasoline prices (which have been the envy of the country) to “come into line” with the rest of Canada. At Costco, I can fill up at 87 cents per liter. When this government is done, expect that to be $1.20, with NO change in the world oil price.

Just remember, Alberta, the majority of you voted for this!

Who will replace them to undo the damage in four years?
commented 2015-05-06 09:42:52 -0400
Seems there is a law of democracy: The worse an economy becomes, the more people will vote for a party whose policies will bankrupt them.
commented 2015-05-06 09:25:55 -0400
The nation is is stunned, but Alberta (the non NDP Albertans) are paralyzed. Our economy is hooped. There won’t be a single socialist program that won’t be implemented. Carbon taxes, solar and wind projects that will cost the tax payer multi billions. Curtailing oil development. Increasing corporate taxes for which the people will pay, not the corporations. Layoffs. No new expansions or economic development.

Hope you are happy NDP Albertans. You voted for it.
commented 2015-05-06 09:22:22 -0400
They should have voted for Wild Rose. They will regret voting in the NDP, and very shortly.