Rachel Notley bullish on NDP's future despite party's loss in Manitoba
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley criticized the decision at the legislature Monday, April 11, 2016 by her federal NDP counterparts to pursue the Leap Manifesto. (Dean Bennett / The Canadian Press)
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, April 20, 2016 5:43PM EDT
EDMONTON -- Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is the last NDP premier in Canada following the party's defeat in Manitoba's general election, but she says she doesn't view it that way.
She says she sees herself as the first of a vanguard of new NDP leaders and governments on the way.
The Progressive Conservatives under Leader Brian Pallister trounced Premier Greg Selinger's New Democrats on Tuesday.
The Tory victory ended more than 16 consecutive years of NDP majority government.
A key factor cited for the loss was Selinger's decision to break a promise and increase the provincial sales tax.
Notley says she believes Manitoba voters thought it was time for a change after a long time in government by one party.