Top Alberta Political Moment of the ’00s?
2000: Thousands of Albertans protest the passage of private health care Bill 11.
2001: Ralph Klein defeated his long time rival Liberal leader Nancy MacBeth.
2001: Ralph Klein berated the homeless in a late night visit to a men’s shelter in Edmonton.
2001: Dave Bronconnier elected as Mayor of Calgary in a tight three-way contest.
2002: Alberta teachers strike for weeks, leading to a longtime souring of gov-teacher relations.
2003: Mad cow disease found in Alberta, triggering years of farm crisis and trade bans.
2003: Shell opened up first new oilsands plant in Fort Mac since the 1970s.
2004: In honour of Monty Python, Klein created Ministry of Restructuring and Govt Efficiency (RAGE).
2004: Ralph Klein declared fiscal debt erased, making Alberta the first debt-free province in decade
2004: Stephen Harper became leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
2004: Stephen Mandel defeated incumbent Bill Smith and becomes Mayor of Edmonton
2004: Election: Opposition breakthroughs, Liberals breakthrough in Calgary.
2005: Gay marriage finally becomes legal in Alberta.
2006: In final attempt to expand privatized health care, Ralph Klein launched “Third Way” reforms.
2006: Ralph Klein threw the Liberal Health Care policy book at a 17-year old Legislature page.
2006: Ralph Klein received 55.4% approval in the PC leadership review.
2006: $400 Ralphbucks cheques mailed to every Albertan.
2006: Calgary MP Stephen Harper became the Prime Minister of Canada.
2006: Edmonton Liberal MP Anne McLellan was defeated after 13 years in office.
2006: Ed Stelmach defeated Jim Dinning in the PC leadership contest.
2007: Alberta’s energy regulator caught hiring a PI to eavesdrop on powerline opponents’ phone calls
2007: Don Iveson defeats incumbent Mike Nickel in the Edmonton City Council election.
2007: Alberta increases resource royalties charged to energy companies.
2008: Election: Ed Stelmach’s PC were re-elected with a 72-seat majority in the Legislature.
2008: Thousands of ducks die in the Syncrude tailing ponds in Alberta’s oil sands.
2008: Linda Duncan defeated Rahim Jaffer to become the second-ever NDP MP from Alberta.
2009: Bill 44 was passed in the Alberta Legislature.
2009: Amid global recession and falling natural gas prices, Alberta returns to deficit.
2009: Danielle Smith was elected as leader of the Wildrose Alliance.
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