May 6, 2015 4:09 pm
Updated: May 6, 2015 7:44 pm

44 years of PC reign over: What’s changed in Alberta since 1971?

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau greets Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed at 24 Sussex Drive prior to the Constitutional Conference with Premiers and Trudeau, Ottawa, June 9, 1980.


CALGARY – Reaction to the end of a nearly 44-year Progressive Conservative dynasty in Alberta has been mixed, but one thing’s for sure: Albertans woke up Wednesday to a whole new world.

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August 30, 1971 was the day the PCs and Peter Lougheed took hold of Alberta—it was also the day the Bee Gees song “How can you mend a broken heart?” hit the top of the charts.

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Calgary radio DJ Don Stevens has worked in the business since the 1970s, and predicted a change before ballots were cast.

“In the last election (2012), there seemed to be a lot of anger but people went into the polling booth and voted, you know, for the devil they know. This time it just seems different,” Stevens told Global’s Reid Fiest on Tuesday.

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So what else is different since the PCs took power?

Take our interactive quiz to find out the movies, TV shows, songs and news stories that were popular in 1971.

With a file from Reid Fiest

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