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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