Province highlights complexity of national issues like natural resources, climate change and regional anger
Alberta has long been a heartland for Conservatives. The province has delivered prime ministers and cabinet members to Ottawa for a century, but it’s role in choosing the next leader of the Conservative party could be subdued.
There are no prominent Albertans in the race so far and the voting structure could force candidates to think nationally, not regionally. Despite limited potential to influence the outcome of this particular contest, Alberta’s position in discussions of frustration and policy could hold its place firmly in the national spotlight.