The Tories at 40

Albertans have elected a Progressive Conservative government for 40 straight years. The province has changed dramatically - from the economy to the demographics but the governing party has stayed remarkably stable. We ask Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and former Progressive Conservative Senator Ron Ghitter, as well as our live audience in the CBC Calgary studio - 'Do people move to Alberta because they are Conservative supporters or do they become Conservative once they arrive?'

This is a special edition of The Current coming to you from Calgary.

Part Two of The Current

Tories at 40

On August 30th, 1971, Peter Lougheed stunned the province when he was elected Premier of Alberta. That election ended 36 years of Social Credit domination ... and began what is now 40 years of uninterrupted Progressive Conservative Government rule. A lot has changed over those 40 years.

Alberta's population has more than doubled, Canadians of all political stripes and immigrants from all over the world have flooded into the province. And yet the governing party has remained the same. Which begs the question ... sort of a play on the old chicken and egg debate... 'Do people move to Alberta because they are Conservative or do they become Conservative after they arrive?"

For their thoughts on that question, we were joined by four notable Calgarians. Naheed Nenshi is the Mayor of Calgary. Ron Ghitter is a former Progressive Conservative Senator from Alberta. He was also elected as a member of the Alberta legislature in that historic 1971 election. Licia Corbella is a columnist and editorial page editor at the Calgary Herald. And Anthony Sayers is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary.

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