Despite a Tory sweep of Liberal-held ridings in Alberta Monday night, the Liberal party has won the most seats in the 2019 electionand will cling to power in Ottawa at the head of a minority government.
It’s not yet known if Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will be able to reach the necessary agreements with other parties to ensure the survival of his government — but Alberta pundits, politicos and business leaders are already speculating on what the election outcome will mean for the West.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi congratulated the Liberal leader Monday night but acknowledged the election results reflect a frustrated electorate in Alberta.
“Albertans and Calgarians have sent a clear message. The frustration felt on the ground here was reflected in the polls, and I hope the federal government listens. There are very deep concerns and very real issues that need to be addressed. We’ll continue to fight to make sure Calgary’s story is heard,” said Nenshi in a statement.
“There’s no question to have a Liberal minority that looks like it will be dependent on the NDP will have a number of people certainly in Alberta and Saskatchewan concerned,” said Findlay. “Both parties have campaigned very vigorously in some cases against the oil and gas industry and against the provincial leadership in the provinces. So there’s some very, very big bridges that need to be built.”
Michelle Rempel, re-elected in Calgary Nose Hill, told supporters Monday night that people in her riding told her that Alberta’s economy should be a “ballot box question for the country.”
“That is the mandate that our team needs to work on going forward — to get our community back to work, to stand up for our energy sector and energy sector jobs and to link that in with difficult questions of how Canada responds to climate change,” said Rempel. “We also have to realize what we do here in this province is something to be proud of. It’s something that helps prosperity across the entire country. It’s something that displaces oil from other countries that do not have the same ethical standards, or democracy or environmental framework that our country does. This is not a debate that can go away tonight.”