Forty years of a Progressive Conservative government in Alberta is over.
“This is a life changing moment for the New Democrats.”
Former Premier Jim Prentice has stepped down from the PC party, and Rachel Notley is in.
New Democrats in Vancouver gathered at the Black Frog Eatery to watch the election results pour in on a big screen and as they did, cheers could be heard outside.
“The BC New Democrats are in an excellent position. We’re feeling the energy, we’ve got a voice that’s going to be heard and we’re attracting excellent candidates.”
A moment in history.
Local NDP Candidate Melanie Mark says she is overwhelmed, as this election marks a moment in history.
“Words can’t describe how I feel. But pride, and admiration and enthusiasm for what’s to come.”
Mark says, now it’s back to the drawing board before any decision on pipelines can be made.
But, despite the political shift in Alberta, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers plans to keep working towards building the Enbridge Pipeline.
“Northern Gateway is an absolutely critical and we believe necessary project.”
Pipeline project top of mind for many.
Communications Vice President, Jeff Gaulin says it is a worthy project that is in the interest of all Canadians.
“Given the fact that it has been approved to proceed and I look forward to working with the Notley government to support that pipeline and all pipelines across Canada.”
On NDP leader, Rachel Notley’s website she says the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline is “not the right decision”.
With files from Allison Tanner