Alberta Tories show their age after four decades in power

Provincial elections in Alberta are usually predictable affairs; solid Conservative majorities over and over again. It’s been that way ever since Peter Lougheed routed the Social Credit government way back in 1971.

Needless to say, a lot has happened since then. The price of oil has shot from $2.75 a barrel to almost $100. Alberta has become the country’s economic powerhouse. And the Prime Minister now hails from Calgary rather than Quebec.

But despite all the gains made on the Tories’ watch, the provincial election on March 3 may not prove to be as easy for them as past elections. Their age is showing. They’ve been in power now longer than Social Credit; for almost as long as the 42-year uninterrupted reign of the Ontario Conservatives.

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