I grew up in the 60’s in staunchly conservative Alberta, the son of forest ranger, himself the son of a coal miner from Mountain Park.
At the start of the 80’s, I took off to explore the world returning 3 decades later. Little change to be seen, Alberta was still staunchly conservative.
All of that changed big time in the spring of 2015.
I was not in Alberta at election time but sure did heard about it. Arriving a couple of days ago, I sat down with my extremely lucid and well-read 86 year old dad.
I asked Dad of the election. He was clearly shocked, shocked to his core!
Paraphrased: ‘This is Alberta, this is not where disruption happens, this is not where the people rise up just because they are tired of getting screwed over’.
Yet clearly it has happened. Canada is taking notice, the world is taking notice! This is not only disruptive, it is shockingly disruptive.
Let us leave Europe aside for the moment. Europe has been restive for a good while, its time will come.
The Arab Spring, the first real modern iteration of crowd powered disruption, began on the streets of Tunisia.
For someone that takes a 10, 20 and 30 year view of things, the next spring began on the farms, in the coal mines and on the idle oil rigs of Alberta. Yes the roughnecks did this.
Albertans, the next time you take a look in the mirror, give yourself a big ol’ wink, you deserve it. You have just set in motion a game changing disruptive process that may well change the world for the better.
This is a very impressed old roughneck watching where the Alberta Spring leads, closely.