So I changed my blog template because I’m so very happy for my Alberta peeps, who tonight made history when they elected an NDP majority government. I know there are a lot of folks concerned as all hell about what this election is going to mean for Alberta’s provincial revenues, jobs, etc., and rightfully so, I think. After more than 40 years under the ‘natural governing party’, there’s a lot of history there that the new government simply won’t have.
Add to that – a great number of the new MLAs are quite young, and that scares people. There’s a feeling that there’s no way these folks will know how to run a province. You’re probably right. But I have every confidence that they’ll learn. They ran for this office because they care. They care a LOT. I know, I know, the road to hell is paved with good intentions and all. But this is a great way to engage young voters – young candidates. And, for that matter, they have four years to get up to snuff. If they don’t manage it in those four years, they won’t keep their seats.
Above all, what the voters in Alberta have said is that they didn’t agree with the direction their government was taking. And they didn’t just disagree a little bit. They were all, “bitch PLEASE”. This is the political equivalent of flipping a table and storming out of the pub. This is exciting, and terrifying, all at the same time.
I don’t want to reiterate what everyone else is saying. I just want to say that I’m very happy that Alberta has succumbed to the Orange Crush. It’s the first time I have ever considered moving to Alberta. And yes, I am considering it.
Good on you, my friends. Good on you. And congratulations for electing a woman. YOU GUYS MADE ME SO HAPPY.