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Change as Alberta election swings to the left

The stunning victory for the NDP in the Canadian province's election will probably be less significant for the oil patch than many in the industry fear

An email was doing the rounds in Calgary this week after the left-leaning New Democrat Party's (NDP) shocking victory on 5 May in Alberta's provincial legislative elections. "Roof of the Petroleum Club this morning," was in the subject line. Then the punchline: the famous 1975 picture of a helicopter atop the CIA station in Saigon, where a stream of Americans rushed to flee the nightmare on the ground. Alberta's Progressive Conservative Association has held power without interruption since 1971, giving the impression that the traditionally conservative province, dominated by energy and agriculture, would ever remain under one-party rule. Now the Conservatives, handicapped at this week's ele

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