Alberta Election 2015: That Was… Unexpected

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This is my forehead at Bobbi Joe’s on 13th Ave.

Well… guess my predicted PC majority in Alberta didn’t happen.

I’m okay with that. Here’s hoping the NDP’s win signals that there are more surprises to come in this year of elections.

In other news, commenter Chris guessed correctly. I was at Bobbi Joe’s Café on 13th Ave when I wrote that post. They make a very good cappuccino and have free wifi — which I need because SaskTel tells me that we won’t have phone or internet at home until Thursday.

You know, I thought we were living in The Future! Shouldn’t SaskTel by now be able to go to their big wall of switches and turn on my phone remotely? Isn’t there some kind of “ray” they could shoot at my house?

Man, Thursday is like forever from now.

Anyway, you’re looking pretty good Regina. It’s great to be back.

Author: Paul Dechene

Paul Dechene is 5'10'' tall and he was born in a place. He's not there now. He's sitting in front of his computer writing his bio for this blog. He has a song stuck in his head. It's "Girl From Ipanema", thanks for asking. You can follow Paul on Twitter at @pauldechene and get live updates during city council meetings and other city events at @PDcityhall.

6 thoughts on “Alberta Election 2015: That Was… Unexpected”

  1. Welcome back Paul! I recommend the breakfast wrap at Bobbi Joes. It has lots of fresh veggies in it.

    I wasn’t even following the Alberta election at all. I had no idea the NDP could ever win, in a million years. What a nice surprise!

  2. Medicine Hat went NDP, though not by a large margin (there were at least 4 candidates dispersing the vote). Having lived in that Conservative stronghold for 9 years, I never thought this would happen. I have met the new MLA, though, and he brings civic-service experience to the NDP caucus. The rural constituency, MHat-Cypress, went Wild Rose, as I fully expected it would.
    Interesting times!

  3. Official Weclome Back Paul D.
    In regards to you waiting for SaskTel rehookup, do you reside in a condo or apartment?
    Only reason I ask is from my experience residing in a condo, I had to wait for a technician to come onsite and connect a couple jumpers from an access box before I had phone and internet.

    Now for the AB election, I too wasn’t expecting a big NDP win, perhaps a minority gov’t.
    Either way congrats to them. I agree 44 years of the same party in power along with trouble involving 3 premiers after Ralph Klein all contributed to this big change.
    I view this as a big protest vote.

    However, this new NDP gov’t isn’t exactly prepared to run AB yet.
    So, if this new NDP gov’t starts to really alienate the business climate of AB, then they’ll be gone in 4 years. So I hope new Premier Rachel Notley is very cautious in terms of doing anything too radical..

  4. Well put, MB. Ms. Notley has already said that a royalties review would be better pursued at a later time, and she has vowed not to repeat the kinds of errors that made Bob Rae’s government in Ontario a byword for jejune ineptitude.

    The major problem with an electorate that votes to punish one party rather than clearheadedly choose another is that many people will wake up the next day thinking “Oh, God, what have I done?” and spend the next four years looking for reasons and opportunities to atone. The new government has to understand that it wasn’t necessarily their own wonderfulness that catapulted them into power, and act accordingly. I personally know of people who were elected to office, not for their own sakes but because their opponent was deeply loathed; they have to establish their credibility very quickly.

  5. Welcome home Mr. Dechene!!! You’ve been greatly missed, and I credit this NDP takeover to your return. hahaha

    Looking forward to your return on the City Hall beat. (Hopefully?)

    Hope Malta treated you and family as well as can be.

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