In a landslide victory, Justin Trudeau has been elected the new leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Trudeau required only 50 per cent plus one — or a total of 15,401 points — to win, but swept with 24,668 points.
In a statement released Sunday evening, Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman congratulated Trudeau on his victory and commended him for his dedication to Alberta throughout the leadership race.
"He has made it clear that the West is important to him," said Sherman in the release.
"I am very encouraged by the fact that he understands how important the energy industry is to the economic health of the entire nation," Sherman added. "He gets Alberta."
Wendy Butler, president of the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta, seconded Sherman’s sentiments.
"I think that, with Justin Trudeau as our leader, Alberta will [have] a very prominent role in Canada," said Butler, adding that Trudeau’s influence will likely help Canadians see Alberta as a true partner rather than divisive entity.
"The resources in our province can be used and sold around the world," she said. "But we can’t lose sight of the fact there’s a lot of people that need to be also represented in a strong way."
Butler also commends the new leader’s openness.
"I think he’s a very approachable leader," said Butler. "I’m really excited about what’s going to happen in the next few years. I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people around this country."