So Canada just witnessed the epic fall of the Progressive Conservative (PC) empire in Alberta, who had ruled over the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for a solid 44 years uninterrupted, and it all happened during an early election that the Premiere of Alberta, for some reason, decided would be a good idea. Now that same former Premiere has resigned his position as leader of the party, as well as his legislative seat (on the very same evening he had just barely won it again in his riding).
Had he not called an early election, his whole party would have been able to hold onto their seats (they lost 60!) and Prentice would still be the Premiere for at least another year before the fixed election date would have rolled around. Calling this election now was about as effective as gunning down his entire party and then putting the gun to his head immediately after. How did Prentice think this was a smart move? What was his end game? Why did he think an early election was going to help him and with what?