What can be said about the NDP win in Alberta other than shocking.
I was at Wildrose headquarters in 2012; that was the last election, the one where the Progressive Conservative dynasty was supposed to end with a challenge from the right. Instead that dynasty ended last night as the New Democrats swept to power.
Did Alberta's voters vote for the NDP or against an arrogant, decrepit PC machine that assumed it owned power in Alberta? It really doesn't matter, Rachel Notley and company hold power for the next four years.
But truth be told it was likely a bit of both - voting for and voting against.
No one can deny that voters seemed repulsed by the way Jim Prentice and the rest of the PC seemed to feel entitled to their entitlements.
There was no need for Prentice to call the election a full year early. There was no need for him to try and take over his only opposition in the Wildrose and solidify the idea that Alberta had become a one party state.
Prentice could have won the election and kept the dynasty alive by simply governing competently until next year and taken the full four year term.
Instead he went early, acted like he was entitled to his entitlements and now joins David Peterson, the former Ontario premier who did the same thing, as a warning to all other politicians who take voters for granted.
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