Orange Wave Strikes Alberta
Edmonton, AB – 44 years of Tory rule has come to an end in Alberta.
The upstart New Democrats, led by Rachel Notley, cruised to a majority government in Alberta tonight.
It’s the first NDP government in the province’s history. The incumbent Progressive Conservative Party took a real drubbing, finished third in seats behind the opposition Wildrose Party.
By 9:00pm Pacific time, the NDP had won or were leading in 55 seats, compared to 19 for the Wildrose Party, and just 11 for the Progressive Conservatives.
The drop in seats for the PC Party was quite dramatic considering they entered the campaign with 72 (on the flip side, the NDP started the campaign with just 4 seats).
“While saddened by the results, democracy is always right,” said Jim Prentice, who also announced his resignation as party leader.
Some observers believed the NDP would have a difficult time winning outside of their Edmonton power base (see related story here), and even doubted whether or not opinion polls could be trusted, considering the PCs weren’t expected to win the last election in 2012.