Sydney Sharpe is a journalist, anthropologist, and author or co-author of eight books, including The Gilded Ghetto: Women and Political Power in Canada. She was a senior columnist for the Calgary Herald and Calgary Bureau Chief for the Financial Post, and has written for numerous magazines and newspapers and anthologies. She lives in Calgary.
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Rachel Notleyâ€™s dramatic triumph over Albertaâ€™s Conservative regime was an early rumble before the Trudeau landslide.
Alberta has long been seen as politically paralyzed. But it has always been a cauldron of discontent, producing the Reform Party, the Wildrose movement, the modern Conservative Party of Canada, and Stephen Harper. Notley Nation tells how this pent-up energy exploded in an unexpected direction with Rachel Notleyâ€™s NDP victory.
Stereotypes of redneck Alberta have long been at odds with the provinceâ€™s growing progressive streak. The political upheaval that swept conservatism out of office in 2015 had shown its first tremors there five years earlier. Progressive mayors were elected in Calgary and Edmonton, and soon it became clear that the provinceâ€™s PC government was falling out of touch with modern Alberta.
Political journalists Sydney Sharpe and Don Braid explore how the Alberta NDP ended a forty-three-year Conservative dynasty that proved incapable of adapting to forces beyond its control or understanding. That wave would soon spread across the country, sweeping Justin Trudeau into office.
A fascinating look at the new political landscape in Alberta where women are now 47 per cent of the caucus, the highest percentage of women in Canadian history.
Don Braid has been a political reporter and columnist for more than forty years in Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton and Calgary. He has written about every Alberta and federal government since Peter Lougheed and the original Trudeau. With Sydney Sharpe he co-wrote two previous books on politics. Don lives in Calgary.