Alberta Votes

How the end of Alberta's PC dynasty played out on Twitter

A dramatic night in Alberta politics played out into a busy night on social media.
NDP Leader Rachel Notley addresses the crowd at the Westin Hotel in Edmonton after her historic electoral victory which ended 44 years of PC party rule in Alberta. (CBC )

A dramatic night in Alberta politics played out into a busy night on social media.

The feed for the main election hashtag #abvote was practically spinning as the results came in.

People could not believe that Albertans had finally ended 44 consecutive years of Progressive Conservative governments and that NDP leader Rachel Notley would become Alberta's next premier.

The Calgary Herald's Don Braid, the dean of Alberta political columnists, expressed his disbelief on Twitter:

Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith, who crossed to the PCs last year and then lost the nomination in Highwood, weighed in on the result.

The NDP won all 19 ridings in Edmonton meaning some long-serving MLAs like Gene Zwozdesky, Janice Sarich and Thomas Lukaszuk lost their seats.  Lukaszuk, a cabinet minister and deputy premier under Alison Redford who ran for the PC leadership last year, took to Twitter after his loss.

Others were less gracious.

After an NDP majority was declared, politicians close to home and from across the country weighed in.

The mayors of Calgary and Edmonton sent their congratulations to Notley.  

Notley also received congratulations from provincial and federal politicians

In his concession speech, JIm Prentice resigned as PC party leader and as the MLA for Calgary-Foothills. The fact Prentice resigned his seat even while the votes were being counted did not go unnoticed on Twitter.

Notley thanked people for electing her.

But others were unhappy that Albertans elected a left-leaning government that may not be as favourable towards the oil industry as the PCs.


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