Thursday, April 30, 2015
Alberta: The NDP Closes In On A Majority
It may be hard to believe, but something amazing is happening in Alberta.
Other polls have documented the rise of the NDP.
But now one is suggesting the party is closing in on a majority.
Something astounding is happening in the Conservative heartland. The Alberta New Democrats’ polling surge is no blip — it’s real, and at the moment it appears Albertans are getting ready to make history by switching governing parties for only the fourth time in their history.
After 43 years and 12 consecutive majority governments, the provincial Progressive Conservatives are in deep trouble. Their support appears to have imploded for both genders and across all age groups. The NDP and its leader, Rachel Notley, are not only on track to win on May 5, they may well be headed for a majority.
And all I can say is that if the NDP does manage to win, Canadian politics will never be the same. It would be a beautiful day for Canadians and Albertans.
It could be a game changer in the next federal election. It would damage the Con brand in the west, and be good for all progressive parties.
And of course it would be a huge blow for Great Cowboy Leader...
And there is a lesson in this result for progressives everywhere, in the factors propelling this orange surge:
A united centre-left. The NDP owes its success to its ability to unite progressive voters across the province. Federal Liberal, NDP and Green Party supporters have all rallied around the Notley banner.
A divided right. In an exquisite juxtaposition of the federal scene, small-c conservative voters are split between hard and light-right. (The federal Conservative Party doesn’t face this handicap, obviously.)
It's happening because the right is divided, and if we were united instead of divided the Con regime would be on the ropes, and never able to get anywhere near power.
We'd crush them into the dirt.
Let's hope for that happy day.
And in the meantime, as they say in Alberta, YEE HAW !!!!!
Way to go Albertans.
Go Rachel GO !!!!
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