The Changing Alberta Landscape

  • April 23, 2015
  • 7:00 pm
  • Dutton Theatre at the Calgary Central Library

At a glance, Alberta appears to be Canada’s rock, literally as well as metaphorically. You can always count on the Conservatives to be in power, on oil and gas to drive the economy and on the Stampede to throw a good party.

But the recent past tells a story of surprises and about-faces: Calgary elected the first Muslim mayor of a major Canadian city, the leader of the opposition party crossed the floor and oil prices plummeted. Is greater change afoot or is Alberta simply rolling with the punches?

This event is followed by the the opening night reception.

  • Free



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