In a province that celebrates calf-roping and Wranglers, and smells of horse manure after a day of rain we never would have thought the day would come. Well, (r)evolution is upon us here in the Wild Rose province as our new Premier, Alison Redford has taken the reigns of Alberta after a 14-day fight from distant second against Tory favorite Gary Mar.
Alberta’s fearless, and dare I say boring, Premier Ed Stelmach announced he was stepping down earlier this year after much criticism about his leadership and provincial spending habits. For the past few months, the Alberta Conservatives have scrambled to find the right leader for their party, and the right leader for our Province. (Because, in all honesty, it was unlikely that it would be anything but a Conservative government.)
Alberta has never seen a Premier that is non-white, female, or for that matter under the age of 60; this is a huge victory.
Alison Redford is pro-choice, a feminist, and believe it or not, she even marched in this year’s Calgary Pride Parade (I know! What is going on in the wild wild west?), and given that she is a Conservative leader, this is at least respectable.
In 2011, Calgary has elected a Mayor that is Muslim (and awesome) who coincidentally was the Calgary Pride Grand Marshal this year. Ms. Redford is a welcome addition to this Albertan politicians joining the right (see what I did there?) side of history, and the right side of the insanity/values debate that is tearing American Conservatives apart.
So ride on cowgirl, and show them how its done. (P.S. you will get bonus points if you ban the calf-roping, at least from this lezzie.)
Via @ canada.com
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