They arrived on a wind of change in 2015, only to be blown out of office four years later by an even more powerful gale.
Rachel Notley’s New Democrats, with all their dreams and hopes and agonies, succumbed exactly as UCP Leader Jason Kenney said they would, overwhelmed by a united conservative bloc that is once again Alberta’s dominant political force.
It was a genuine thumping, with the UCP winning more than 60 seats, and the New Democrats largely cornered in their Edmonton stronghold. The Alberta Party and Liberals were shut out.
Kenney has been personally demonized in this campaign, but even his most bitter enemies have to recognize the scope of his achievement.