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What next for Alberta? Reaction to election results

Calgary Herald with Melanee Thomas 22 October 2019


It’s not yet known if Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will be able to reach the necessary agreements with other parties to ensure the survival of his government — but Alberta pundits, politicos and business leaders are already speculating on what the election outcome will mean for the West.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi congratulated the Liberal leader Monday night but acknowledged the election results reflect a frustrated electorate in Alberta.

“Albertans and Calgarians have sent a clear message. The frustration felt on the ground here was reflected in the polls, and I hope the federal government listens. There are very deep concerns and very real issues that need to be addressed. We’ll continue to fight to make sure Calgary’s story is heard,” said Nenshi in a statement.

Martha Hall Findlay, president of the non-partisan Canada West Foundation and former Liberal MP, said the federal campaign saw Canadians completely polarized on climate change and energy policy.

“There’s no question to have a Liberal minority that looks like it will be dependent on the NDP will have a number of people certainly in Alberta and Saskatchewan concerned,” said Findlay. “Both parties have campaigned very vigorously in some cases against the oil and gas industry and against the provincial leadership in the provinces. So there’s some very, very big bridges that need to be built.”

Melanee Thomas is a political science professor at the University of Calgary.