The election aftermath for Alberta’s NDP
Victory was within sight but out of reach for Notley’s party
It was a historic election result for the Alberta NDP.
Rachel Notley’s NDP won 38 seats in last week’s election and will form the largest Official Opposition in the province’s history. The NDP got more votes in this election than it ever has before, including a historic high of 49% in Calgary. The party ran the most sophisticated, well-organized and best-funded campaign in its history.
But it fell short of its ultimate goal of forming government.
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Since May 29, there has been no shortage of online handwringing, finger-pointing and narrative building about the NDP’s performance in the election and how it missed a chance to defeat Danielle Smith’s United Conservative Party.
In the early morning hours after the election, I described the NDP as having victory within sight but out of grasp.
It’s easy to sit on the sidelines and pick apart strategic and tactical decisions that were made under pressure in the campaign war room, but I do think the Alberta NDP needs to take an honest and thorough look at their campaign. In that spirit, I am going to share a few thoughts about the NDP’s election campaign and where the party sits now.