Left-Wing Victory in Canada’s Alberta Carries National Implications

Rachel Notley at an Alberta NDP rally, Edmonton, Canada, June 16, 2014 (photo by Flickr user daveberta licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license).
Rachel Notley at an Alberta NDP rally, Edmonton, Canada, June 16, 2014 (photo by Flickr user daveberta licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license).
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Canadian politics rarely draws international interest, unless a certain colorful former Toronto mayor is involved. But a snap election in the energy-rich province of Alberta this week shocked Canada and made headlines around the world. The Progressive Conservative (PC) party, which has held continuous control of the province since 1971, lost in a stunning upset to the left-of-center Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP). NDP leader Rachel Notley is set to be the premier—the equivalent of governor—of the heartland of Canadian conservatism and the home province of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose ruling Conservative Party faces tough federal elections this fall. […]

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