I live in Alberta, considered by most to be the bastion of old conservative values in Canada. It’s a lot like Texas, except it is bigger, has more cattle, more oil, but doesn’t really care to compare its size to others because it isn’t quite as insecure.
A friend of mine (named Mike Hudema - credit) made a list of things that have happened in Alberta or to Albertans in the last week. I reworded them here. Keep the above in mind as you read these:
• The City of Edmonton, whose hockey team is called the Oilers, and whose welcoming image to those driving in from the highway is a huge oil drill, and my hometown until a month ago, unanimously passed an energy transition plan last week which will see Edmonton move away from fossil fuels to renewables.
• Albertans elected 53 New Democrat Party MLA’s to the Legislature giving the NDP a governing majority. To unpack that, this means we ended 44 years of governance by a Conservative party by completely replacing them with a party further left than the mainstream of the American Democrat Party. They are most frequently described as “democratic socialists”.
• Albertans elected the most women elected to government in Canadian history last week.
• Albertans elected Alberta’s first, second, and third openly LGBTQ MLAs in the province’s history.
• Alberta elected the youngest legislature in the country. The youngest MLA in Canada’s history is from Alberta, and serving right now. He is twenty years old.
• Yesterday, Canadian political prisoner Omar Khadr was released from an Albertan prison.