Last night there was a provincial by-election in Alberta, in the riding of Calgary Greenway, and for this campaign, Notley’s NDP pulled out all the stops.
First, they mimicked an illegal scheme tried by the Ottawa NDP, where they diverted funds meant for constituency offices for sitting politicians, and turned them into campaign offices.
Then Rachel Notley called a snap election, before the other parties had nominated their candidates.
But it didn’t help. Their candidate, Roop Rai, came in fourth, with just 20% of the vote. It’s been less than a year since Notley’s sweeping election, but the NDP vote plummeted from 32% to 20%.
The PC candidate, Prab Gill, won with 28% — enough to win a four-way race.
I don’t like the fact that Gill won; as our own Sheila Gunn Reid revealed, Gill is hardly a conservative. Just a few months ago, he was as giddy as a schoolgirl in his support of Justin Trudeau.
But let’s not quibble. The NDP is back to what it was, a fringe party.
Our job now is simple: to mitigate the damage Notley and her destroyers do to Alberta over the next three years.