‘The Texas of Canada’ Just Elected A Left-Wing Government

Posted by Mike Confino, May 9, 2015


Something pretty crazy happened in Alberta, Canada, last night.

The province, known for its prolific oil reserves and strong conservative leanings, elected a left-wing government. Not only that, it elected a left-wing government by a landslide.

If you don’t know much about Canadian politics and want to understand how unprecedented this is, it’s useful to think of it as a comparison to Texas. As Bloomberg’s Dave Weigel put it on Twitter, abbreviations extended: “Imagine if Democrats took not only Texas Governor, but supermajority control of [the] Legislature and all state offices. That’s what [Alberta’s election] is like in Canada.”


Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/05/06/3655798/canada-did-what-now/

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