How did Alberta happen? And what does it mean for better politics?

#abdebrief: Learning from the historic Alberta election

When the votes were tallied on election night in Alberta last month, the shock waves reverberated well beyond the province’s borders. For anyone working for a fairer Canada, Rachel Notley’s astonishing victory has been galvanizing. (We posted Marie’s take a few weeks ago.)

Earlier today, four panelists – including two New Democrats who were close to the action – gathered at the invitation of the Broadbent Institute and Simon Fraser University to see what lessons they could draw from the NDP’s historic victory.The panelists included Alberta NDP campaign manager Gerry Scott, federal NDP national director Anne McGrath, former Wildrose and PC MLA Kerry Towle, and 2013 BC Liberal campaign director Mike McDonald. UBC professor Max Cameron moderated the conversation and kept things lively as the panelists shared their analysis and experiences.

It’s always fun to revisit something as joyous as Premier Notley’s victory. But we heard some important insights this afternoon – especially around just how important a role those months and years of preparation played in the NDP’s success.

And it was a reminder of just what an important role the Broadbent Institute is coming to play in spurring these conversations, and deepening our understanding of successful progressive politics.

Here are my sketchnotes from the panel (click or tap the image to see the full-sized version):

Sketchnotes from #abdebrief: Learning from the historic Alberta election

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