On Sept. 10, 1971, Peter Lougheed became the first Progressive Conservative premier of Alberta, marking the beginning of a 40-year dynasty. Since then, the party has won 11 majority governments. We asked four political thinkers to weigh in on the four decades of Conservative power in Alberta.
Link Byfield is the Wildrose Alliance Party of Alberta candidate for the riding of Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock in the next general provincial election. He was also editor and publisher for the now-defunct Alberta Report magazine for 18 years.
Rod Love is an Alberta political strategist. He served as chief of staff to Ralph Klein during Klein's tenure as mayor of Calgary and was his top aide when Klein was premier of Alberta.
Ray Martin was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in the 1982 provincial election. He became leader of the Alberta NDP in 1984. He quit the party's leadership in 1994 but returned as a member of the legislative assembly (MLA) for Edmonton Beverly Clareview in 2004. He most recently ran as a candidate for Edmonton East in the 2011 federal election losing to Conservative candidate Peter Goldring.
Kevin Taft is the MLA for Edmonton-Riverview. He was the leader of the Alberta Liberal Party and leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assemby of Alberta from 2004 to 2008.
Click their names to find what they had to say.
Why do you think the Tories have been so successful in Alberta?
What do you think it means to be a Progressive Conservative in Alberta today?
What does the future of the Progressive Conservative party in Alberta look like?
In one word or sentence, how would you describe the party at 40?
All-Candidates Leadership Forum
Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership candidates in a public forum debate.