Shock defeat for conservatives in ‘safe’ Alberta province

Shock defeat for conservatives in ‘safe’ Alberta province

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Shock defeat for conservatives in ‘safe’ Alberta province.

A left-leaning party has won a surprise victory in Alberta, one of Canada’s most conservative provinces.

The New Democratic Party (NDP) ended the Progressive Conservatives’ (PC) 44-year rule of the province.

Political observers were stunned by the result, with one commentator saying: “Pigs do fly”.

Alberta’s Premier Jim Prentice, a former member of Tory Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet, said he was stepping down from political life.

He only become premier in September, and called the snap election in April to seek a mandate after bringing in a tough tax-raising budget.

NDP, which has never held more than 16 seats in the 87-seat legislature, looks set to win about 55 seats.

The PC got around 11, behind the newer and even more conservative Wildrose Party.

Outgoing Alberta Premier Jim Prentice on 5 May 2015
Alberta Premier Jim Prentice told his supporters after losing the election: “My contribution to public life is now at an end”

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