The provincial election in Alberta is likely to bode well for the NDP, under the new leadership of party leader Rachel Notley, and the party could realistically set its sights on official opposition status.
The party’s prospects aren’t, technically, the best they’ve ever been. The NDP was the official opposition in Alberta in the mid-to-late eighties, says Duane Bratt, political science professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary, when they held the bulk of seats in Edmonton. This, he added, is what the party is looking at now.
Bratt expects they’ll do very well in Edmonton, likely picking up a seat in Lethbridge and maybe in Calgary as well, but shouldn’t expect to knock out Jim Prentice and the reign of the Progressive Conservatives.
“Given that they have a caucus of four, previously they had a caucus of two, going up to 10 or 12 or 14 seats would be dramatic for the NDP. They’re not about to form power,” Bratt says.
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