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10/20/2015 11:59 EDT | Updated 10/20/2016 01:12 EDT

Notley says Trudeau win, Harper loss reveals strength of positive campaigning

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says Stephen Harper's election loss demonstrates the importance of running a positive campaign.

Notley spoke a day after Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals defeated Harper's Conservatives with an upbeat message of change that led to a majority government.

Notley declined to analyze the New Democrats being reduced to third-party status.

But she noted that the Liberal and NDP platforms overlapped in areas such as protecting public health care.

Notley said she spoke briefly with Trudeau on election night and looks forward to working with the Liberals to strengthen both her province and the country.

She said she intends her talks with Ottawa to focus on improving health care, growing the economy, protecting the environment and boosting relations with aboriginal peoples.