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Source: http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/04/23/alberta-election-2012-results/

The National Post
HIGH RIVER, ALTA — Defying the odds of pollsters and naysayers, Alberta’s long-ruling Progressive Conservatives appeared set to elect their 12th straight majority government Monday night.

Despite the most contentious election campaign in living memory, the Tories were on track to become the longest ruling provincial party in Canadian history.

At press time, CTV, CBC and Global all called a PC majority government.
Alberta Election results

Results as of 9:38 MT (11:38 ET)

PC 62 seats (Elected in 33; leading in 29)
Wildrose 18 seats (Elected in 7; leading in 11)
NDP 4 seats (Elected in 2; leading in 2)
Liberals 3 seats (Elected in 0; leading in 3)

Early unofficial results saw the Tories leading 60 seats, the Wildrose following by 20. The NDP was ahead in 4 constituencies, followed by the Liberals with 3. At least 44 seats are required for a majority government.

“I’m kind of disappointed,” said Allan Weenink, a long-time supporter wearing a Wildrose baseball cap at Wildrose headquarters. “I expected more of a minority, you know, I was hoping that there would be a lot more support in Calgary but it’s still early. I think we need a change.”

Inside the Wildrose headquarters, a crowd of several hundred remained quiet except for the sound of country music streaming over the speakers as the results were broadcast on a large TV.

Mired by a litany of petty scandals, and the perception that the ruling Tories had grown corrupt and stale, the Wildrose Party maintained a lead in the polls throughout the most tumultuous campaign in recent memory.

But the incumbent Progressive Conservative party, which has ruled the Alberta legislature since 1971, warned about a lurch to the right, and seemed to benefit from strategic voting.
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Ms. Redford, a human rights lawyer with a plethora of international experience, became the unlikely leader of the PC party last October. She took over from an unpopular Ed Stelmach, who stepped down amid caucus infighting and a spiraling budget deficit.

Since becoming premier, she has been dogged by her party’s record, which includes a long list of scandals, allegations and broken promises.

The most notorious of these was the “no-meet” committee, a pan-partisan group of MLAs who collected $1,000 per month despite not meeting since 2008. Ms. Redford told Tory caucus members who sat on the committee that they had to pay the money back in the second week of the campaign.

The upstart Wildrose party cemented during Mr. Stelmach’s reign, as a response to the government’s meddling with oil royalties. Danielle Smith ascended to the leadership of the party a year later.

The fledgling party made gains in rural Alberta due to their criticism of Alberta Land Stewardship Act, which was created under the auspices of the Tories. The law sparked outrage in the countryside, turning the Wildrose into a de facto opposition party within a few short years.

The Wildrose was painted homophobic and racist after a series of “bozo” eruptions by some of their inexperienced candidates. One, pastor Allan Hunspurger wrote in his blog that gays should burn in a “lake of fire,” while another, Ron Leech, said he had an advantage as a white candidate in an ethnically diverse Calgary constituency.

Ms. Smith reflected a province reaching back to its traditional, conservative roots, a moral fibre at odds with the Red Tory values Ms. Redford represents, said Cliff Fryers, the Wildrose campaign chairman.

Both Ms. Smith and key members of her campaign hail from the same “Calgary School” that has influenced the Reform movement and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Whole sections of Wildrose’s platform have their genesis in the 2001 firewall letter signed by Mr. Harper when he was president of the National Citizens’ Coalition. University of Calgary professor Tom Flanagan also signed the letter – he has run Ms. Smith’s campaign.

Postmedia News

Wildrose leader Danielle Smith made a campaign stop at the Dashmesh Cultural Centre where she met with members of Calgary's Sikh community on April 22, 2012 during the final day of campaigning.

Part of that manifesto calls for the creation of a provincial police force, and of an Alberta Pension Plan, which would benefit the province’s relatively younger, more affluent workers who currently pay into the Canada Pension Plan. Ms. Smith has said her party would conduct a feasibility study on these ideas.

As well, she advocates re-thinking the country’s current equalization program as, she feels, provinces like Quebec receive federal funds to provide subsidized public services unheard of in other parts of Canada.

Analysts have suggested Ms. Smith’s leadership would usher in a more aggressive, perhaps even isolationist Alberta at a time when the province most needs the support of other provinces to build pipelines to expand its market for bitumen.

But her campaign chairman, Cliff Fryers, said these policies reflect an Alberta that would lead confederation under Ms. Smith.

“We’ve got major issues facing this country. We’ve got a massive among of economic change taking place, the decline of Ontario and the rise of the west. All of those things means we have to have a dialogue,” Mr. Fryers said.

“It’s not about us being in it for us, it means that we have a position to assume in confederation and we have to do that responsibly and there’s no one better to do that than Danielle Smith.”

National Post


Given the rise of the nutbars in the Wildrose (an Albertan political party which is the resurgence of Social Credit, American-styled right-winged Stupidity), were I an Albertan I'd have voted and possibly campaigned for the Progressive Conservatives (the center to center-right party), despite otherwise being a staunch Liberal Party supporter and member.

Against all odds set by pollsters and pundits, Premier Alison Redford came out with a majority!

If all y'all lefto/progressive/liberal/socialists here in the ED-P lived in Alberta, you'd be relieved too (though at varying levels), for the first time in your life, that conservatives have won a majority government. Godspeed Tories. May you rule Alberta until the Alberta Party eventually deposes you.
Bane of Ezekiel's avatar

Liberal Regular

To everybody: this is the only time you'll see me and Anarcho say "WHOO TORIES."
Naysayers? They won 66 seats...

Anyone who was naysaying was clearly an idiot.
Bane of Ezekiel's avatar

Liberal Regular

N3bu
Naysayers? They won 66 seats...

Anyone who was naysaying was clearly an idiot.

Pretty much every polling company, media source, and hysterical lefties.
I'm not cheering for Canada's transition towards a two-party system. I'll acknowledge the loss of Wild Rose as a temporary victory though.
AnarchoPhiliac's avatar

Liberal Genius

That Cursed Number
I'm not cheering for Canada's transition towards a two-party system. I'll acknowledge the loss of Wild Rose as a temporary victory though.


Then join the Liberals, friend! :3
Whooda thunk that Albertans woulda rejected a party sporting candidates that said that gays would fry in hell? Perhap hope springs eternal after all!
I know. I was so so so happy when I found out that they'd won.
Damn. I was looking forward to Wildrose accelerating Canada's imminent implosion.
ZyuZyu's avatar

Greedy Millionaire

:/

I voted NDP.
Just saying.
ZyuZyu
:/

I voted NDP.
Just saying.

so you wasted your vote.

good to know
ZyuZyu's avatar

Greedy Millionaire

The Sky Does Not Bow
ZyuZyu
:/

I voted NDP.
Just saying.

so you wasted your vote.

good to know


I don't feel that way.
But you're free to if you so wish.

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