_News Talk 770
Alberta's Progressive Conservative party has won its twelfth majority government. Alison Redford led her party to victory in a hard fought fight that saw the Wildrose and PC's neck-in-neck in the polls till the end.
"Tonight Alberta chose to build bridges. We chose to express our pride and stand on the shoulders of our great history," Redford says.
The Wildrose Party held four seats going into the election and walks away the second place party in the house. In her concession speech, Smith says the Wildrose will form a viable opposition.
"I've got a whole bunch of incredible Wildrose MLA's ready to head to Edmonton to hold this government to account."
The PCs won 61 of the 87 seats in the legislature, the Wildrose party will form the Official Opposition with 17 seats. Raj Sherman's Liberals were reduced to 5 seats, including 3 in Calgary. The NDP has doubled its contingent of MLAs with 4 seats, all in Edmonton.
Some of the notable names: Edmonton Wildrose candidate Allan Hunsperger was defeated. He was under fire over a year-old blog post saying gays and lesbians would suffer for eternity "in a lake of fire" if they did not change. Calgary Wildrose candidate Ron Leech who apologized after suggesting he had an advantage in an ethnically diverse community because he was caucasian and could speak for all residents. Former PC Energy Minister Ted Morton went down to defeat, as did former cabinet ministers Jack Hayden, Evan Berger and Ray Danyluk.
For full results see tje Elections Alberta website.