Immediately following the Alberta NDP’s historic and exhilarating election victory, the spin masters and political pundits went into full action. Some said the NDP’s victory was little more than a protest vote against the Conservative’s 44-year reign. Others put it all down to NDP leader Rachel Notley’s charisma, claiming that whatever party she led would have won.
There’s no question Premier-elect Notley is politically savvy, charismatic, intelligent, appealing to ordinary Albertans and ran an excellent campaign with her team. But to attribute the Alberta’s NDP’s election victory to protest votes and to Premier Notley’s charisma is demeaning to Notley, her team and to the 603,000 Albertans who voted for the NDP.