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.