Per Danma if they can stick to "thinking straight, being pro-business and sticking to the straight and narrow" and not resort as certain of their BC contemporaries have over the years to some 'hard core, serious left leaning, social engineering loving and all things America hating' ideology - which even most people in BC don't give a rat's poop about these days, then they might actually do well.
They need to remember that while *urban* Alberta may be more left leaning than most realize the fact remains they also now must count upon and deal with, among the governed, High River and Cochrane cowboys, who in general have and live by a very different philosophical and value code which in general does not include hugging trees or forcing everyone out of their cars in favor of bicycles.Strike that balance and Alberta might start to look very different in a few short years.
your making it sound like you have a NDP focused council.... I don't think the province will be stepping on many municipal toes anymore more than the PCs did ramming their ideals of what cities need to solve their issues such as traffic..... cough bypass roads cough. The solution for traffic congestion heading into calgary is most certainly a bypass ring road
Honestly Alberta needs to be able to have discussions without taking options off the table, Grim Jim almost did but when he said nothing was off the table except corporate taxes this sent the wrong message. Whether you agree with that or not is irrelevant the point its it sounds like Everyone needs to kick in, except some.
I predict..... nothing will happen and all this gloom and doom from politics is just theatrics. At the end of the day, the economic business cycle will continue on and Alberta will start to grow again.