NDP sweep to victory in Alberta
The New Democratic Party (NDP) swept to victory in the Alberta Legislative Assembly yesterday.
The NDP won 54 seats in the 87 seat parliament, an increase of 50 seats on their 2012 tally. Meanwhile the Progressive Conservatives (PC) were reduced to just ten seats, down 51 seats, in what had been considered their heartland until yesterday. Jim Prentice immediately resigned as PC leader and also resigned his seat saying he would play no further part in public life.
The Wildrose Party gained three seats on their 2012 result to take them to 20 seats but the Liberals dropped to just one seat from four seats. The small centrist Alberta Party won one seat, the first ever for the party.
NDP leader Rachel Notley will be the new Premier.
The massive win by the NDP in Alberta, arguably the most ring-wing of all the provinces will be of concern nationally. Although big changes at provincial level do not necessarily translate into votes in a general election, and one is slated for 19th October, it is clear that the PC brand has been damaged in the province and the NDP brand has been enhanced.