And now a word from the Sven himself.
I honestly had pretty much given up hope… well, never had any, that I would live in anything but a Progressive Conservative province for as long as I remained in Alberta. It was a permanent thing, it was never going to change. Ask anyone, anywhere? It was a fact of life. Alberta was Conservative. For now, for forever.
And then out of nowhere in the past two weeks (and it was building for a while but even we didn’t really ken on until it actually hit), there was this constant murmuring. All these polls. The NDP is rising. The NDP is polling good. The NDP is polling at double the rate of any other party. The NDP is projected to win. Jim Prentice has alienated the entire province at once.
I never expected something like this to happen. In Alberta, this is like gravity reversing. This is like going outside and discovering that all the grass is purple and the sky is below your feet now. It’s a complete upset in the natural order that we have needed for so, so long, but I don’t think until recently anyone even realized it was possible. Last semester I actually wrote about this in my paper, how the idea that the PCs were immovable created a feedback loop that prevented change from ever happening, getting further away from reality the more it ran. I didn’t realize then that I’d be staring at a new Alberta in a few months.
For those of you outside of Canada, Alberta has had a PC government for 44 years. Today, we elected an NDP majority. That’s a complete shift from rightist to leftist politics in the span of a single election. And it completely defies the wisdom of a year ago, two years ago, and so on.
I just wanted to put into words how astonished I am, in the end, that I actually got to see this happen, and how happy it makes me. This will have ramifications much further than just Alberta, believe you me. The orange tide is coming in, people, and the tide’s advance is inexorable.