Dare boldly

A blog by Louise Gallagher

We the people have spoken. It’s time for change.



The ballots were cast. The votes counted. The political landscape of Alberta is different today than it was yesterday. Than it has been for the last 4 decades.

Yesterday, Albertans spoke with every ballot cast.

Yesterday, they said “Enough”.

Enough cronyism. Enough political opportunism and corporate favouritism. Enough of the dynasty.

And like an addict craving one more hit, I could not draw myself away from watching the results on TV. I could not get enough of each political pundit’s viewpoint, the colour coded results showing riding after riding falling under “The Orange Crush”, as media have dubbed the National Democratic Party (NDP) and its charismatic leader, Rachel Notley. I couldn’t quit watching images of cheering crowds chanting “Rachel! Rachel! Rachel!” and the deafening silence of the defeated who had nothing left to say except, “Good-bye”.

Good-bye Progressive Conservatives (PC).

Good-bye Jim Prentice. Your leadership has failed. Your hubris undermined you and the party.

Fear of the unknown is an irrational being. This morning’s headlines are littered with references to economic collapse, departure of business, killing off of the “Alberta advantage.”

What the headlines and politicos forget is, we are resilient. We are entrepreneurial. We are creative.

The NDP are untried, and inexperienced. No one is sure what they will do once they take up the reigns of power. No one knows how they will respond to the financial crisis the collapse of oil prices has brought to provincial coffers, and to the economic fortunes of our province.

What everyone does know is the people of Alberta are still the same people they were yesterday. We still value hard work, stick-to-itness and working together. We still value each other, being good neighbours, taking care of one another. We still value fair pay, fair play and fairness in all our affairs.

The difference today is, political change is here to stay.  The status quo has been shaken. The balance of power not just tilted but turned upside down.

With the undoing of the conservative juggernaut that has gripped our political landscape with such totalitarian control no one could foresee the fall of the mighty PCs, there is much unrest amongst those who man the ivory towers and pump the oil and gas that fuels our economy. Where will they go to curry favour? Who will they cosy up to gain political currency?

Uncertainty fosters creativity. It generates new ideas, new ways of doing things, new roads to explore. While the path may be untrod, the future unknown, there is much that we can count on today.

Today, spring blossoms are bursting forth. Grass is turning green. Dandelions poke their heads up from cracks in the sidewalk and along roads and ditches wild flowers are showing their colours. Wheat fields are being ploughed and in the heart of every Albertan beats the hope that this change will bring new growth, new ideas, new possibilities that will bring us closer to creating a great province, for everyone. Not just those who fill the coffers or hold the purse-strings but those who stand on the margins watching the Alberta advantage miss the mark.

Today, the possibility of every Albertan getting a fair chance at change, shimmers on the horizon, calling each of us to continue what this election has shown so clearly. When we speak up, when we raise our voices together and cast our votes, we can and do make a difference.

Sometimes, change can be scary, but a world where change never happens, is even scarier. And with the PCs, change was not on the agenda.

Now it is.

Now, what we must do is keep our voices strong, keep speaking up and keep ensuring our leaders work for us, not the party. We must keep working together, keep building new paths, new ways of being a province where every voice counts, every voice is heard and every voice makes a difference.

We the people have spoken. It’s time for change.


Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe in wonder. I believe we are all magnificent beings of divine beauty. I believe we can make a difference in this world, through every act, word, thought. I believe we create ripples with everything we do and say and want to inspire everyone to use their ripple to create a better world for everyone. I'm grateful you're here.

8 thoughts on “We the people have spoken. It’s time for change.

  1. LG

    Well said.

    Being of the status-quo stripe but not of status-quo thinking – I too am reflecting this morning.

    The post-mort-analysis paralysis of this moment will sell some books and newspapers for a while.

    I liken it to the first time Quebec elected Rene Levesque’s PQ to power – not to embrace everything they stood for, but to shake up and boot out a group whose time and usefulness had come to an end. Change was required.

    Change is required in Alberta.

    Too soon to predict if there will be long-term success for NDP in this province. For now, I have a new premier and I wish her well – the job is enormous and today’s challenges daunting.

    As Mao said to de Gaulle, when de Gaulle was bragging about some seminal anniversary of the French revolution, “we’ll see”.



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  2. I think cronyism, political opportunism and corporate favouritism is a universal phenomena! Those who promise change also slowly slip into this abyss yet positivity keeps us thriving. All the best wishes for change!


  3. Precisely, Louise! So wonderfully summarized. My daughter was excited about the election for all the reasons you speak of here. You’re full of optimism and let’s hope the politicians are as well. Cheers to a new era in Alberta!


  4. Louise, as usual you have made a highly cogent analysis of the current situation. Living in the moment is one of your mantras and here we are in the moment of supreme change. There will be problems in government as all the new people in the Notley Crue (as a friend of mine in Ontario commented today) go forward into their Brave New World. So be it. I was there on the night on 1 September 1971 when a new wave government hit the ruling elite in the knees and drove them out of power. They did evolve over time into a Power Elite. Elites are not necessarily the best, just the strongest. If we have become a province of the People’s Elite instead of just the Power Elite, I am very hopeful that good, hard working people will rule out and we will go forward in growth and determination to succeed for all Albertans. Thanks again for all you do for the rest of the society that are so often forgotten and mishandled. Keep up what you do and be your loving, kind , wonderful self. Onward !!!


  5. Amen Louise – the people have spoken! I was never happier to exercise my right to vote and I’m thrilled and excited about the future. Well written! ❤
    Diana xo


  6. In the world of forests, status quo equates to the accumulation of deadfall on the forest floor. It happens over decades and soon the forest becomes unmanageable. The cure becomes a forest fire that burns both the floor and the forest. Seeds of new hope germinate and a new forest starts. Perhaps politics in Alberta works the same way.


  7. Oh we need one here in Australia so badly too.


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