Harper Puts His Calgary House Up for Sale Hours After Rachel Notley’s NDP Win
CALGARY — Albertans absolutely stunned the country last night by electing Rachel Notley as their new premier, but a bigger sign of change in the Canadian political landscape was quietly going on in the dark of the night across the city.
It was a For Sale sign.
Being pounded into the ground at the vacant home of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
“The Flames won and Harper’s bailing out of Calgary? Bonus, bonus,” nineteen-year-old Re/Max worker Dale Heartley told a CTV reporter as he sledgehammered in the sign on the front lawn of Harper’s southwest Calgary house.
Rachel Notley and her party did more than crumble the 44-year-old dynasty of Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives and the political career of Harper’s former federal minister Jim Prentice. The provincial NDP electrified and shocked the entire country by handing power to a party Harper last week scoffed at as “silly, silly socialists.”
“The Prime Minister has called former premier Jim Prentice and wished him all the best,” Harper Chief Spokesman Rob Nicol told media in a brief, terse statement.
“We will not be commenting further at this regrettable time.”
The Prime Minister’s Office refused to comment on the sudden real estate listing for Mr. Harper’s Calgary residence nor to say if the PM had called Premier-Elect Rachel Notley.
Rachel Notley led the NDP to a majority government taking 53 of the Alberta Legislature’s 87 seats. The Wildrose Party claimed 21 seats. The Progressive Conservatives won 11 seats but a by-election will be called for Jim Prentice’s seat following his immediate resignation as PC leader and as an MLA.
“Well, my friends, I think that change has finally come to Alberta,” Notley told elated, foot-stomping supporters in her Edmonton acceptance speech where she reached out to all Albertans including environmentalists, First Nations, business and oil industry leaders, and even now-former Albertan Prime Minister Harper.
“I look forward to working with Mr. Harper,” said Notley as she quieted a chorus of heckling boos.
“That’ll be interesting,” she added with a smile before leaving the stage to join a community celebration already well underway.
Reportering for The Lapine