Alberta, Heart of Canada’s Oil Industry, Elects Socialist-Leaning Government
A hard-to-believe political earthquake shook the heartland of Canada’s oil industry on Tuesday night.
The “Texas of Canada,” oil-producing Alberta, elected a new provincial government of the socialist-leaning New Democratic Party in a landslide. The party captured about 53 seats in the 87-member Alberta Legislature; its highest previous total was 16.
The dominant, arrogant Progressive Conservative party was routed after 43 consecutive years in power. It has been reduced to third-party status in the Legislature.
The Alberta election will have a major impact on pipeline politics, and pipeline battles, across North America.