About a year ago, most Alberta politicos were waking up and asking themselves "did that REALLY happen?"
Today marks the one year anniversary of Premier Stelmach's PC Leadership victory.
There are a plethora of stories looking back to that night and the year that has passed since. The Edmonton Journal seems to have done the best job with items here, here, and here.
The story in the Journal is pretty good, despite its torqued headline (perhaps Graham Thomson is looking after that these days). Some groups are skeptical and unhappy, of course (the opposition, the political academia, Craig Chandler, etc), but I think that a lot has been accomplished in this first year. Judging from the latest polling info, it appears that Albertans are also coming to appreciate the new style of leadership.
For my own reflection, I looked back at some old blog posts from the tail-end of the race.
My thoughts on the day-to-day issues that come up in Alberta are fairly well-documented here, so I won't bother rehashing them.
But if you ask me how I feel about it all now that a year has gone by, I think i'd sum it best by sharing the closing words of my post from December 4, 2006:
I have a Premier whose hand I have proudly shaken, whose character I admire, whose party I am absolutely and unequivocally proud to be a part of, and whom I will gladly work tirelessly to re-elect.
Folks, you bet i'm glad I have a Premier.
His name is Ed.