Progressives, in Western Europe and North America, need to build a winning 21st century coalition. Ed Miliband and the British Labour platform seemed to strike the right tones in this regard, a platform that was true to the progressive base while expanding the tent and recognizing the economic and social changes of the 21st century.
Everyone has an opinion on what happened in Alberta, and, as usual, commentators delight in centering in on party politics to determine what really happened. But the real story is to be found in the collective frustrations of citizens themselves and how the once happy claimants to a prosperous province nevertheless pivoted in a fashion that still smacks of the unbelievable.
The big surprise with the NDP's breakthrough is Alberta is seen as the country's most conservative province. Home of the oil sands, Stephen Harper, and the Wildrose party, there's plenty of evidence to back this up. But, Calgary and Edmonton both have progressive mayors, Alberta is the youngest province demographically, and Albertans are feeling the economic (not to mention environmental) downside to an oil dependent economy. Rachel Notley reminded everyone that Alberta is defined by... Alberta.