Congratulations, Alberta

Albertans are to be congratulated for what appears to be, according to some reports, a (near) record-breaking turnout in yesterday’s general election.

Congratulations, also, to Rachel Notley who certainly has, as she is quoted, by the Globe and Mail, as having said in her concession speech, “fundamentally changed the politics of this province forever … [because] … Governing in Alberta should never again be a divine right, but always, always an earned privilege.”

Above all, of course, congratulations to Jason Kenney and his United Conservative Party which, with most results in, has secured a solid majority, 63 of the 87 seats in the legislature (72% of the seats) by earning an astounding 55% of the popular vote:

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(Source: the Globe and Mail, link above.)

Of course, as Campbell Clark says in another Globe and Mail article, “Now there are not one but two premiers clamouring to defeat Justin Trudeau, openly, directly and noisily … [and] … The problem for the Prime Minister isn’t just that he has another provincial leader tearing apart the last shreds of what was once a nearly-unanimous “Pan-Canadian framework” on combatting climate change or that there downloadPremier-Doug-Fordare now (arguably) six small-c conservative provincial premiers where once he faced just one … [rather] … It’s that Mr. Kenney plans to join Mr. Ford in loud, open attacks not just on federal policy, but on the Trudeau brand.” There is, perhaps, as others have said, some advantage for Justin Trudeau in having a few of “the right kind of enemies,” because both Premier Ford and Premier (elect) Kenney may make it easier for Team Trudeau to unite the progressive vote, at the expense of the Greens and the NDP, because only Justin Trudeau can hold back the tide represented by Premiers Ford, Higgs, Kenney, Moe and Pallister. (Mr Clark includes Québec Premier François Legault in his list of “six small-c conservative provincial premiers, but I doubt M Legault and Jason Kenney are going to find a lot of common, anti-Trudeau ground upon which to stand.)

 

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