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Transcript: Rachel Notley on how the Alberta NDP Competes

How a left party wins in a conservative province.

Former Albertas premier Rachel Notley, speaks during a grand opening event for the Suncor Energy Inc. Fort Hills oil-sands extraction site near Fort McKay, Alberta, Canada, on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. 

Former Albertas premier Rachel Notley, speaks during a grand opening event for the Suncor Energy Inc. Fort Hills oil-sands extraction site near Fort McKay, Alberta, Canada, on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. 

Photographer: Ben Nelms/Bloomberg

There’s a lot of talk about these days about the importance of supply side expansion. But there’s a lot of ambiguity about what that means. It gets particularly tricky when we’re talking about expanding energy production, since many rich countries have stringent climate goals. This poses a dilemma particularly for liberal or left parties in the West. On this episode of the Odd Lots podcast, we speak to Rachel Notley, the former Premier of Alberta, and the head of the Alberta NDP about how her Democratic Socialist party competes in one of Canada’s most conservative provinces, by taking a different tack on the energy industry. This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.

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