Author: Shridhar Patel
Date: February 15 - 2023

Rachel Notley, leader of the Alberta New Democratic Party, would reclaim the job of Premier of Alberta if she wins the 2023 provincial election. “Our vision for Alberta is a province that is hopeful, hard-working and has your back,” she said. “After the chaos and instability of these past four years under the UCP, we can’t afford four more.”

Notley has served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton – Strathcona since 2008. After her election as party leader in 2014, she led the Alberta NDP to a surprise win in 2015, breaking 44 years of Conservative rule.

She served as Premier until 2019, taking transformative steps to improve Alberta’s environmental policy, while defending the oil-and-gas sector from external attacks, even when they came from NDP counterparts in other jurisdictions. She famously imposed restrictions on the imports of British Columbian wine after the NDP-led BC government threatened to obstruct the Tran-Mountain pipeline project. She would also go on to characterize federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s opposition to the project as “premised on a lack of understanding of the economic stakes.”

When her party was defeated by the newly formed United Conservative Party, led by Jason Kenney, she served as the Leader of the Official Opposition and successfully capitalized on UCP mistakes to restore her party’s popularity.

Born in Edmonton, Notley is regarded as one of Canada’s most successful left-of-centre politicians.

Her personal favourability is highest in urban centers, particularly Edmonton and Calgary, where support from public servants, youth, and educated voters is more prominent. Conversely, she’s less popular in smaller towns and rural areas.

Before entering Alberta politics, Notley spent much of her career as a lawyer specializing in labour law, with stints at the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees and the Health Services Association of B.C. From 1994 to 2000, Ms. Notley resided in Vancouver before returning to Edmonton.

The Osgoode Hall law graduate’s ties with the Alberta NDP have deep roots. Her father, the late Grant Notley, served as leader of the NDP from 1968 to 1984. She is married to Lou Arab, a prominent Canadian labour union activist and politicial strategist with close ties to the party.

Shridhar Patel expects to graduate with degrees in law and public policy from the University of Calgary and is scheduled to article at Calgary Legal Guidance.

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  1. Anonymous

    March 24, 2023 at 10:28 pm

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