NDP wins big in Alberta, Conservatives trounced, Wild Rose Official Opposition: Foreshadowing of things to come ?

Well the polls were largely correct within the margin of error. A forty plus year Progressive Conservative dynasty in Alberta crumbled into the historical dust as the dream of the late Grant Notley leader of the NDP in Alberta from 1971 to 1984 was realized through the efforts of his accomplished daughter Rachel. Notley had been the appealing effective NDP leader who had tragically died in a small plane crash while on political business in the province.  Three decades later his bright, personable and accomplished daughter fulfilled the dreams of her father and captured political power in Canada’s oil and resource rich Rocky Mountain province on the western edge of the great prairies of the Canadian west. This election signals a potential major shift in Canadian politics in the elections to come including the eagerly awaited federal election. The results were clear and a decisive rejection of the old political establishment and its inability to speak to the needs of the majority of young and moderate income people who are an increasingly important demographic force throughout Canada. It is a force to be reckoned with particularly after the deep damage done to the Canadian economy by the crash of 2007-8 and the long recession which followed it. The NDP captured 53 seats,603,461 votes for 40 % of the vote. Wild Rose 21 seats, 360,101 votes and 24 % of the vote. The Progressive Conservatives only 10 seats, 412,955 votes and 28 % of the vote. The Liberals 1 seat, 62,171 votes and 4 % of the vote and the Alberta party 1 seat, 33,867 votes and 2 % of the vote. One seat resulted in a tie vote and a judicial recount will be held.

The voter turnout was 57 % . This amazingly is the highest turnout since  1993. Perhaps now with election of the NDP more voters will turn out in future elections

.One has to go back to the 1990s when the NDP captured 16 seats and further back to the great depression of the 1930s when the CCF, the parent party of the NDP was a force in Alberta politics to find substantial social democratic influence in Alberta politics. In some ways prairie populism was invented in Alberta and its return to dominance in the form of the modern centrist leaning left social democrats led by Rachel Notley who knows how to connect with this emerging electoral majority will have significant consequences in the months to come. Stephen Harper and his Conservatives may turn out to be outflanked in their home turf.


About haroldchorneyeconomist

I am Professor of political economy at Concordia university in Montréal, Québec, Canada. I received my B.A.Hons (econ.&poli sci) from the University of Manitoba. I also completed my M.A. degree in economics there. Went on to spend two years at the London School of Economics as a Ph.D. student in economics and then completed my Ph.D. in political economy at the University of Toronto. Was named a John W.Dafoe fellow, a CMHC fellow and a Canada Council fellow. I also was named a Woodrow Wilson fellow in 1968 after completing my first class honours undergraduate degree. Worked as an economist in the area of education, labour economics and as the senior economist with the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation for the Government of Manitoba from 1972 to 1978. I also have worked as an economic consultant for MDT socio-economic consultants and have been consulted on urban planning, health policy, linguistic duality and public sector finance questions by the governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan,the cities of Regina and Saskatoon, Ontario and the Federal government of Canada. I have also been consulted by senior leaders of the British Labour party, MPs from the Progressive Conservative party, the Liberal party and the New Democrats on economic policy questions. Members of the Government of France under the Presidency of Francois Mitterand discussed my work on public sector deficits. I have also run for elected office at the municipal level. I first began to write about quantitative easing as a useful policy option during the early 1980s.
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