As for the NDP winning in Alberta - that's not terribly surprising considering the corruption and mismanagement of the Progressive Conservatives in Alberta the past several years - the former Premier was forced to resign in disgrace and the Premier who was just defeated raised taxes and fees as well as budgeted a $5 billion deficit, the first deficit the Province has had in decades. I hate to say it, but the Conservatives deserved to be slaughtered. But, it's important to note that in Alberta there are currently two conservative parties - one, you might call Tea Party-esq. Between those two, they got 52% of the vote, but in our first past the poll election format, many NDP candidates picked up sufficient votes to outnumber the highest of the conservative candidates' votes. We'll have to see what happens. Curiously, the markets in both Canada and the US dove on Wednesday, following the election, largely based on the NDP's stance both in Canada and as the largest exporter of oil to the US. The new Premier was forced to come out and try to quell the markets by saying good things about what effects her election will have on the oil patch. She'll have a hard time controlling her socialist flank and doing what's best for the Province. I'm guessing, in about 2 years on the outside, Alberta voters will be chomping to get a chance to turf her out.
A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
A lower unemployment rate is good, a lower unemployment rate even with those who are no longer looking for work is even better, an economy where the public feels like they have recovered is best of all.
We are still at step 1.
"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963
I had to double check the record, but my memory was right - for the entire 8 years of the Bush presidency the GOP completely controlled both branches of government, including both the house & senate. There was majority control of both chambers for 6 out of 8 of those years, and a two year period where the house was in majority GOP control and the senate floor was evenly split - but the senate still stayed in GOP control due the the GOP VP tie-breaking vote.
Source: Composition of Congress, by Political Party, 1855–2017
To blame the Bush recession on a minority party seems ... a bit of ... a reach.
So now the GOP recession is due to (as you state) their having 'a liberal mindset'?
You gotta' be kidding!