The CBC just predicted the NDP will be the next government in Alberta a few minutes ago, barely 45 minutes after the polls closed! The CBC called the majority at 69 minutes after the polls closed. I called it at 45 minutes seeing how the NDP led well in over 50 seats when only 44 was needed for a majority. The NDP is projected to have 54 seats.
The Wild Rose Party has been called by the CBC to be the official opposition at 84 minutes after polls closed.
The polls suggested a majority NDP government but considering they failed badly last time, people still had doubts on the polls this time. The ruling PC and Jim Prentice did have 70 of 87 seats just in April, after all, and the NDP just 4! It’s hard to believe anybody could turn things around so stunningly, but congratulations to Rachel Notley! Amazing campaign!
Well, doubt no more. Now, let’s see how conservative Alberta, and Conservative Alberta for 44 years now, will change!
The Liberals might not exist in Alberta, either, after this election! They have 1 seat.
What might be more surprising is that the PCs probably won’t have much of a party left. Jim Prentice, their leader, stepped down before the votes are even all counted despite being elected. He didn’t listen to his supporters, once again. And you wonder why the guy’s party got the crap beaten out of them if their leader does this repeatedly. Most of the rest of the PCs might either walk away or cross the floor cause they didn’t sign up to be third fiddle any more than Jim Prentice did. The occasional low ranker might aspire to lead a party in shambles, which people had wanted out for some time but didn’t have a decent alternative. But let’s wait and see.
Maybe more Nova Scotians to Alberta as a consequence
Here in Nova Scotia, we lament about all our people going to Alberta for work. Most of that is either related to oil, or spin off from workers and products of the oil industry. With the new NDP elected, never having been in power, or close, really, they might be looking to hire NDP supporters with government experience who are out of work.
Well, guess what? We got lots in Nova Scotia. :)
But honestly, I hope Rachel Notley will know better than to hire people who failed miserably at their jobs to help her succeed.