There has been something said that many thought would never happen. Things written that many journalists thought they would never write. Those words are simple, but they are shocking. All of it deals with the recent election in Alberta.
The Alberta NDP will form the next Alberta Government.
It’s shocking for many reasons. The first being the end of 44 years of Progressive Conservative rule in Alberta. The second, a complete shift in political ideology from right wing to left wing. Not only did the NDP form the government, but the Wild Rose Party formed the Official Opposition, leaving the PCs in third place. This election also brought about the highest number of female MLAs to now sit in any legislature in Canada. Definitely progress.
That progress, of course, comes on the heels of the election in Prince Edward Island where the Liberal Party won their third majority, but the big news was the fact that PEI’s Premier is only the second openly gay Premier in Canada, and the first for the Province of Prince Edward Island. Wade MacLauchlan joins Kathlene Wynne who was elected Premier of Ontario in 2013.
But there are those who are being cautious, and those who are breeding fear, about an NDP government in Alberta. Those who are being cautious are holding a wait and see attitude toward Rachel Notley and her NDP government. Others are comparing this to the mid 1990’s when Bob Rae lead the NDP to government in Ontario. Many analysts, however, are pointing to a younger generation of voters who are sick and tired of the attitudes of right wing politicians and right wing governments. And then there’s those who are looking at this election in Alberta and wondering how that will affect the upcoming Federal election in October.
Everything will have to be a wait and see situation. From how the NDP performs in Alberta all the way to what the results of this will have on the Federal election.
But make no mistake, the winds of change were definitely blowing.