Alberta Votes

Alberta Election 2015: NDP sweeps Edmonton

Alberta's NDP party has swept the provincial capital, helping it secure a historic majority government.

NDP wins all 19 riding in capital, Wildrose is Official Opposition

NDP supporters react as they watch the results at NDP leader Rachel Notley's headquarters in Edmonton on Tuesday, May 5, 2015..THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Ridewood (The Canadian Press)

Alberta's NDP party has swept the provincial capital, helping it secure a commanding majority government.

The party was elected or is leading in 54 of Alberta's 87 ridings and had won all 19 seats in Edmonton. 

The party has also made gains in rural northern Alberta, leading in a dozen ridings around Edmonton.

Polling results have not been kind to the ruling Progressive Conservative government after Premier Jim Prentice called an early election last month. Since then, polls consistently showed strong support for the NDP under leader Rachel Notley. 

Both of the party leaders fighting for seats in northern Alberta, Notley in Edmonton-Strathcona and Wil​drose Leader Brian Jean in Fort McMurray-Conklin, secured their seats. With his party well ahead of the third-place PCs, Jean's party will be the province's Official Opposition.

PC candidate and former deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk says he was 'personally hurt' after being defeated by his NDP opponent in Edmonton-Castle Downs, but said that Alberta had spoken. (Emily Fitzpatrick/CBC)
The NDP surge came largely at the expense of the PCs, which have controlled the government for more than four decades. Among the PC casualties were many former cabinet ministers, including Health Minister Stephen Mandel and former deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk. Both were beaten handily by their NDP opponents. 

Also defeated was Edmonton-Centre candidate Laurie Blakeman, the province's longest-serving opposition MLA, who lost out to NDP candidate David Shepherd. While a Liberal candidate, Blakeman was officially endorsed by the Alberta Party and the province's Green Party. 

Early on, the election campaign generated considerable excitement, with more than 235,000 people casting advance ballots -- more than in any other election in the province, according to Elections Alberta.

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