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Conservatives launch ‘New Albertastan’ after left-leaning victory in Alberta

Canada’s most conservative province shocks many by electing left-of-centre provincial government.

The surprise victory by a left-leaning party in one of Canada’s most conservative provinces has some calling the area “New Albertastan”. 

Rachel Notley of the New Democratic Party (NDP) stunned political analysts when she won Tuesday’s election, uprooting the centre-right Progressive Conservative Party, which has ruled Alberta for more than four decades. Conservative party Justice Minister Peter McKay told reporters some said the province “was like Albertastan now”. This prompted many to use #NewAlbertastan to joke about what the NDP victory means for Alberta.