That said, I've been gone for long enough to not really have a finger on the pulse of what people think back home. In the end, I'm going to have to rely on the statistics and agree with Kuri's take (hat tip: Idealistic Pragmatist), which argues that apathy really won the election. Imagine, if you will, a Legislature filled with MLAs from the "None of the Above" party. Isn't it a beautiful sight?
Then wake up.
It's hard not to feel irrelevant as a progressive in Alberta: add the typical inequities of the first-past-the-post system to the atypical inequities in urban/rural seat distribution, and the evidence that most of the province would vote for an inanimate carbon rod if it ran for the Conservatives, and it really makes you feel like simply not bothering to try and change things there. Whether that means apathy or simple departure is really up to you. It appears that people need to be slapped upside the head with just how bad things can get.
To be fair, I would probably be a cynic even if I hadn't grown up under our inimitable drunken King Ralph, but I can't say it's helped at all.