On May 5, 2015, where the prairies meet the mountains, Canadians witnessed a rare political phenomenon: Alberta's NDP swept to power, growing from a meager four MLAs to winning 53 of 87 seats! In the process, Albertans tossed aside a tired and arrogant "Progressive" Conservative Government that had been in power for the last 44 years.
This historic event was reminiscent of something similar that took place at the national level four years earlier. On May 2 2011 Canada's NDP defied all the media pundits as they virtually swept across Quebec, growing from one seat to 59! The 2011 federal election resulted in the NDP having its largest federal caucus ever as its 103 MPs became the Official Opposition.