Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Alberta and the Orange Wave


Well, I can die a happy woman now because I have seen it ALL. Seen the unthinkable. Seen the unbelievable.

True-blue, right-wing, conservative Alberta, home of hidebound political dynasties lasting decades at a time, has turned its back on the Progressive Conservative party! Alberta, of ALL places, has elected its first left-of-centre, majority NDP government. In Canada, this is the political equivalent of an earthquake, a tsunami and sharknado all rolled into one.


Many years ago, I read an article (written by someone whose name escapes me now) saying that Alberta truly lives out the quintessential cowboy stereotype of being strong, silent and stoic. But when Alberta's patience finally runs out, it doesn't yell and scream and carry on to let you know it's upset. No, Alberta doesn't say a word. It just puts its hand on its belt buckle, sets its jaw and narrows its eyes under its cowboy hat. That's when someone's gonna get his ass kicked.

And Alberta delivered one hell of an ass kickin' last night to the Conservative party.

43 comments:

anne marie in philly said...

we need to do THAT down here; too many crackpots need their asses kicked BUT GOOD!

Elsie Amata said...

An earthquake, a tsunami and sharknado all rolled into one? That's a lot going on up there. Glad you got the vote you wanted :)

Rosemary said...

Politics around the world is taking a knock - suddenly people have discovered that they have more power in their hands - I believe that our General Election this Thursday will deliver a big kick too.

strangelynaked.com said...

Change is good. Hopefully it's not like politics in the US where whichever "team" wins doesn't truly matter. It sucks when being cynical is right.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

woohoo...this should be fun!

DEZMOND said...

Is this good or bad news?

Jacquelineand.... said...

One can only hope that we have sense enough to do the same.

Vanessa D said...

I wish we had kicked some ass here in Ontario the last election - instead we gave them a majority.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

A sharknado, too? Well that just says it all, doesn't it? Way to go!

laurie said...

let the games begin!!!!

Jeanne said...

LOL! :o) earthquake, tsunami, and sharknado! love it!

Insomniac’s Attic said...

I thought possibly the Liberals might win but I certainly never expected this! I'm still stunned.

Vanessa Morgan said...

I'm wondering how this is going to turn out in the future.

Jim said...

So good to see and hear this, Debra! Who would have thunk?!
Everyone here is saying that they hope the NDP in Alberta doesn't make the same mistakes as they did here. Somehow I get the feeling that Premier Notley is a whole lot smarter than that!
Enjoy it all, Debra. I will from here too.

The Happy Whisk said...

And a sharknado. Wow!

Anne O'Leary said...

It's always nice to see people use the power of the ballot box to bring about change. I truly hope this turns out to be a great thing for you all.

Miss Val's Creations said...

How exciting! I hope the change proves to be a positive one.

Linda Wildenstein said...

a good ass kickin' politically speaking shakes things up, I hope for the good for ya

Wean said...

It's our general election here in UK tomorrow, I dread to think what's going to happen !

JACKIESUE said...

Goddess bless Alberta..now if it could just happen in Texas

Debi said...

I thought of you this morning! lolololol
From Capitalist to Socialist ....plink!
Now that's Magickxoxo
Huge Hugs from Ontario xoxo

Dawna said...

Sounds like a real political shake up going on there!

Dr. Theda said...

the previous Gov. is no longer "in Control" (as they have been for the last 44 years)....
Good for Canada....

Dr. Theda said...

We try to stay out of "politics"....
we think the Governments should be "removed" and new officials elected ... by the People... not by some Group...

Birdie said...

We sat and followed this last night. This is the BEST news! I am happy for you. This is going to be good!

Anne Johnson said...

Tell them to ACT FAST and strike while the iron is hot!

Rommy said...

Here's hoping for some positive new changes coming out from that!

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

This made me giggle like a leftist schoolgirl. I love a good butt kicking.

Guillaume said...

I could barely believe it myself. I am quite happy. I don't mind fiscal conservatives, but it is the social conservatism that comes with it I cannot stand.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

I'm hoping this is good news!

Fundy Blue said...

I love it! I was so cheering for the NDP! 44 years of PC power ~ It was beyond time for them to go! Loved the paragraph under the NDP poster/ And the Hell Freezes Over sign!! I'm so glad that you troll the internet looking for fabulous funnies and interesting graphics! Have a good one!

Missy George said...

Glad you got good news..Hope it all works out for everyone!!

dbs said...

Wasn't that something, eh?!

psychelyn said...

Your equation is enough to tell it's a Big thing. Well it that's what's good for people then congragulations. Hope it all brings well.

klahanie said...

Oh how I miss the NDP party. If only they could of started up in Britain and kicked are evil Conservative government's ass!

In England, especially, the more the people get crapped on by the Conservatives, the more the people seem to want.

Yay to Alberta for seeing common sense and voting for the NDP!

Take care, eh!

Gary :)

Magaly Guerrero said...

Give 'em hell, cowgirl!

miruspeg said...

Well it looks like hell didn't freeze over Debra!
Thank heavens to people of Alberta saw the light, pity the same couldn't be said for the British election.
Alberta rocks!!
Big hugs
Peggy xxxxxx

Kamyria said...

I can only hope that the whole of Canada does the same in October's federal election.

A Beer For The Shower said...

"First item of NDP business: get rid of all those damned sharknados."

bobbybegood1 said...

hillary through her hat into the presidential ring. a woman US president? anything is possible. great post. cheers!!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Awesomesauce! Go, Alberta! Go, Rachel! It doesn't get much more exciting. I'm proud to be part Canadian.

Magic Love Crow said...

When my mom heard about this on the radio, she couldn't believe it! She told me first thing in the morning! A good kick butting!

Riot Kitty said...

Sweet!