Alberta Provincial NDP Win Bodes Worse for Justin Trudeau than Stephen Harper by Jamie Gilcig – MAY 6, 2015 #cdnpoli

bedard & justin trudeauCFN – The biggest loser in the Province of Ontario election is not Jim Prentice and his Federal  Conservative counterparts under PM Stephen Harper, but Justin Trudeau.   As the next Federal election looms closer Canadians are mulling over a lot of options.

Is the Harper government past it’s “best buy” date?  Absolutely, but then again the Ontario Wynne government normally would not win if voters felt there were clear alternatives.

Voter anger and apathy turfed the Alberta Conservatives who had held power for 44 years.

The NDP won 54 seats to the Wild Rose Party’s 21, PC’s 10, and Liberal’s lone seat.  Former Harper minister Jim Prentice walked away from public service resigning the leadership and his seat after the election.

While the seeds of change hover Federally only 1 seat went to the Liberals last night.   While PM Stephen Harper will be grumbly this morning and Thomas Mulcair beaming, Justin Trudeau and his team cannot be happy with the election results.

The irony for Conservatives in Alberta is that all those Eastern folk heading West for jobs get to vote to and they changed the province giving a majority to a party that for generations had been the butt of Alberta political jokes.

What do you think Canada?  Will Alberta’s election impact how the Federal vote turns out?  You can post your comments below.


  1. Provincial and Federal politics are two very different worlds. The party that might be best to move the country forward and represent Canadians on the world stage is not at the same moment in time necessarily the best party to represent a province or all provinces. Provincial politics are influenced differently and measured on a separate scale. While the NDP failed the electorate of Ontario miserably under Bob Rae, in Alberta they may shine, for a time. But rest assured power does corrupt and all governing bodies have a best before date. It is simply the nature of the beast.

    I would wager to say the results will likely impact the Liberals more than the Conservatives. One seat speaks volumes about political appetite.

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  3. I read somewhere that Harper was kicking holes in his bedroom wall last night. And Mulcair went to sleep with a big grin on his face. Trudeau? He’s just running around in circles p!ssing people off.

  4. sorry ajay – you don’t get to flack it without posting your name.

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  5. For quite a long time now I have been weighing on who would replace Harpoon Harpo if so many of the sheeple out there hate the man. Harpo is not my cup of tea but he is the best that we have so far. Gee that doesn’t speak for much but it is the truth. Between Justine and Thomas the cat Thomas is the educated one since he is a lawyer. The thing is NDP will not see the job as PM unless everything changes drastically because big business wants either the Cons or the Fibs. We are really stuck between these two clowns. As far as Ontario is concerned we are up the creek without a paddle having this weirdo Winnie the poo at the helm of a downhill to hell. I would rather vote NDP for Ontario any day than to put Winnie back in the hot seat ever again. Winnie screwed up Ontario worse than what a boozer from the streets would do.

  6. Jules….I sort of agree with your comment of May 6, 2015 at 1:17 p.m. One concern I see in any election is voter apathy. Is there a solution? I don’t see one on the horizon. In election a lot of times it’s picking the lesser of several evils.

  7. When you have a province that has elected right-wing parties ever since Jesus wore short pants suddenly switching to a left-wing government so close to a federal election, you have to know it’s bad news for Dear Leader Harper. His political days are numbered.

  8. Harper and the Conservatives have a finite role I agree Furtz. That is the nature of politics, the wind is constantly changing. Political analysts yesterday were of the opinion that Federally this would impact the Liberal party to a much greater extent. The rest of their opinions I doubt that you would want to hear. Bottom line it will be what it will be.

  9. We’ll see if things change. Canadian voters are fickle. They vote for one party in provincial elections and another party in federal elections. We’ll see what happens in October.

  10. It’s a shame that the Libs crowned Trudeau as leader. So far his performance has been less than stellar. Mulcair on the other hand has proven himself over and over as competent in the HOC and has a lot of political experience. Either way, most people are fed up with Harper and his nasty crew and hope he’ll be turfed in October.

  11. Hugger we Canadians are stuck between a rock and a hard place. It is possible that the NDP can make a comeback for Ontario. I found something that people will throw tons of poo at me by the most hated man in the world but it is something that makes a great deal of sense. This was written by Adolph Hitler:

    “How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.”

  12. We’re not stuck between a rock and a hard place. We’re stuck with voter apathy.

  13. It’s not voter apathy. It’s non-voter apathy. I think that those who take the time to vote care about what’s going on.

  14. Harper wins in the fall. That is all.

  15. Yes, Furtz. But aren’t we all potential voters?

  16. I agree with your take Furtz. The dilemma remains on how to light a fire under those that would put our democracy at risk. My answer would not likely be popular because it would mirror France’s resolution. I believe that multiculturalism does not instill a unified sense of direction and purpose. I am most decidedly not against different cultures and immigration. I am simply wanting everyone once on board pulling in the same direction rather than promoting and causing to exist societies within societies and communities within communities. We have stagnated and moved backwards to some degree as a society for the last 25 years or so. Anyone else have an opinion?

  17. I have a funny feeling that Harpoon Harpo will win in the next federal election but will not have the same majority as what he has today. Harpo may get in with a minority government or a very small majority. Every time I read on Harpoon Harpo they hate this man something awful and by reading what many post I can see that Harpo will be losing many votes. I have never voted for Harpoon Harpo and I even went to the trouble of voting NDP and then the candidate died of cancer. I never trusted Harpo at all but if you put all three next to one another I would have to choose Harpo over the rest.

  18. Jules some simple advice if I may. Do not believe everything you read. Liberalism has been the dominate political will during my life time (Federally)and as a predictable and reasonable result the media has a definite bias (you don’t bite the hand that feeds you). I do not suggest that Harper and his government are without flaws so like Hugger1 stated “it’s picking the lesser of several evils”.

  19. As political leaders in Canada go I’d rate them in the following order:

    Tom Mulcair

    Elizabeth May

    Justin Trudeau

    Stephen Harper.

    But as for voting for the NDP, I’ll never do it. An NDP government would cost us too much. And they are too cozy with labour unions for my liking.

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    Hugger I would ask you define “Political Leaders”. It takes many skills to make a good one. While I may not agree with Mr. Harper on some of his political decisions he has led his party to multiple victories and kept them in line and on a short leash.

  21. I would not want to see NDP in federal only provincial. NDP is a socialist party and if they got in the federal GOD HELP US ALL. The time that I voted NDP was because I was very afraid of Harpoon Harpo and had absolutely no liking nor any trust in the man. Today I would put Harpo back in which is something that I will do when the election comes back.

  22. This is what happens when I try to think too early in the morning. I should have said “party leaders.”

    As for Harper “leading” his party to victory that was mainly due to voter apathy. If the voters who didn’t vote actually did their duty and voted I think the results would have been very different.

    And as for keeping them in line and on a short leash Harper has done that. IMHO Harper is a control freak and the sooner we’re rid of him the better.

  23. I think it’s more important that the people who do vote are informed and interested than how many people actually vote. Better to have a smaller number of informed voters than larger number of voters who don’t have a clue.
    As far as Harper goes, I’ve been a follower of politics since Diefenbaker was PM, and I don’t recall a prime minister as vindictive, small-minded and nasty as the one we have now. It will be a huge relief to most Canadians when he decides to spend more time with his family in October.

  24. Furtz I myself am not a fan of Harpoon Harpo but you all have to consider the pressures that he is under and he brown noses to the Yankees and other countries are down his back as well. Harpo knows what is happening and going to happen and you get very old in those jobs very fast. The problem is that people do not think before electing someone. Oh yes I will say this that they are all owned and controlled by the same people but each offers something a little different. All are liars, cheats, thieves, etc. but some more than others.

  25. Harper under pressure?? He knew what the job description was when he applied for the job. So, not being able to handle it is no one’s fault but his ow.

    Jules….name me a country that doesn’t, as you say, brown-nose to the Yankees.

    So, now all voters don’t think before casting our vote? I think not.

    And we’re owned and controlled by the same people?? Please don’t insult our intelligence with baseless statements.

  26. Like most Canadians, few world leaders have any use for Dear Leader Harper.

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