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Rachel Notley’s legacy will be difficult to undo

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Once in a generation or so, in most provinces, a transformative premier arrives. Their legacy outlives them.

Jean Lesage and Rene Levesque’s legacy lives on in the success of Quebec Hydro, central to the province’s economy decades later. Bill Davis’ creation of the largest network of community colleges in the nation is at the foundation of Ontario’s technology success. Allan Blakeney’s decision to promote potash and uranium mining generated billions of dollars in revenues for Saskatchewan, saving the province from bankruptcy under the Devine government that followed.

Peter Lougheed, a well-loved and complex statesman, dragged Alberta into the late 20th century through a combination of compassionate capitalism, state intervention, and set the table for the future bonanza of the oilsands. Rachel Notley was described as Lougheed’s heir by many. Her legacy will be difficult to undo.

The new government has pledged to limit spending on schools and health care and to proceed with new corporate tax cuts. Trump failed at reviving coal. The new Alberta government seems unlikely to be able to be more successful. Alberta public opinion is divided, but even a large........

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