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NDP Alberta victory shakes up federal election predictions

In the wake of the provincial NDP's sweep to power in Alberta, political analysts are trying to decipher how that win - and the provincial Conservative party's massive loss - will influence the federal election expected in October. Today we convene three strategists to look at how the West can be Won.
NDP supporters react as they watch the results at NDP leader Rachel Notley's headquarters in Edmonton on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)
"Friends, I believe, that change has finally come to Alberta. New people, new ideas and a fresh start for our great province." - Premier-designate Rachel Notley (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

After a historic win for Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP, her federal colleagues in Ottawa celebrated by breaking out in song. Turning the long Tory-blue province a bright shade of NDP-orange is a symbolic boon for the federal party.... but it remains to be seen how it could affect the upcoming national vote.

  • Ian Capstick is a managing partner at MediaStyle and is an NDP analyst.
  • Brooke Jeffrey is a Professor of Political Science at Concordia University, a former Liberal advisor, and the author of "Dismantling Canada: Stephen Harper's New Conservative Agenda."
  • Gerry Nicholls is a communications consultant and former vice president of the National Citizens Coalition

What do you think? How do you think NDP's orange crush will effect the federal election? Let us know!

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This segment was produced by The Current's Sujata Berry and Shannon Higgins.