'Orange Chinook: Politics in the New Alberta' explores reasons for 2015 NDP win

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'Orange Chinook - Politics in the New Alberta'

The question a lot of people are asking this week, "when is the writ going to be dropped for the provincial election in Alberta?"

Professor Duane Bratt, today's rabble book lounge guest, is making his prediction. Listen to find out what he says. Bratt is a co-editor of Orange Chinook, Politics in the New Alberta. rabble podcast executive producer Victoria Fenner did today's interview on February 20, but has been hanging on to it until closer to the election call in that province. As of 3 p.m. posting time, there's still no call but it could come at any time. 

Orange Chinook is a collection of essays that explore how the historic and surprising 2015 NDP win in Alberta happened. The book asks a lot of questions, and not just about the rise of the NDP in a province best known for the Conservative flavour of its politics. The book asks the question, "Why the NDP in 2015?" and places the win in the context of the overall political landscape in Alberta for many decades.

Here's a sample of topics tackled in the collection:

  • Death of a Dynasty - Tories and the 2015 Election (Duane Bratt)
  • Ready for Rachel - The Alberta NDP's 2015 Campaign (Melanee Thomas)
  • Alberta's Cities under the NDP (James Wilt)
  • A League of Their Own - Alberta's Women Party Leaders (Lori Williams)

Duane Bratt is a political science professor and chair in the department of economics, justice, and policy studies at Mount Royal University (Calgary, Alberta). He's one of four editors of this extensive collection of essays. His co-editors are Keith Brownsey, Richard Sutherland, and David Taras, also of Mount Royal University.

Image: Orange Chinook/University of Calgary Press. Used with permission.

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