THUNDER BAY – The Alberta New Democrats have made political history. Rachel Notley will form an NDP majority government in what was once Canada’s most Conservative province.
The New Democrats are elected or leading in 54 seats, The Wildrose Party has 19 candidates elected or leading.
The forty-three year Progressive Conservative dynasty has been swept away leaving Jim Prentice with a dozen seats.
Already some are talking about the federal political ramifications of tonight’s vote.
What many don’t know is that many of the New Democrat candidates were targeting this fall’s federal election. Now those candidates will have to be replaced at the federal level.
It is uncertain if Progressive Conservative leader Jim Prentice will resign tonight, or if he will stay.
The massive floor crossing by Wildrose Party members to the Progressive Conservatives is seeing a number of those MLA going down to defeat.
Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith has tweeted that “The NDP surge would have happened regardless of anything I did folks. This is why I said conservatives needed to reunite. I wasn’t joking”.
Smith lost the nomination in the riding she was representing.