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Well, that was unexpected.

Alberta, a province long clasped within the iron grip of the Progressive Conservative Party, decisively elected NDP candidate Rachel Notley as its new premier, complete with a majority government to back her up. If you’re a little new to Canada’s political landscape, this is a huge deal. The 44-year Conservative dynasty over the province is over, ushering in a new age of policy and political slant. In fact, nearly half of the newly elected NDP caucus are women. Experts are already saying that this surprise win will likely shake the foundation of the upcoming federal election this October as well, which proves just how far-reaching the impacts of this win really are.

“I think we might have made a little bit of history tonight,” Notley told her supporters Tuesday night. “Friends, I believe that change has finally come to Alberta. New people, new ideas and a fresh start for our great province.”

The election saw the NDP win 53 seats; Wildrose managed to take 21, while the PCs were only able to hold on to 10. The Liberals and the Alberta Party, meanwhile, claimed one seat each.

While ousted premier Jim Prentice was able to win his seat in Calgary Foothills, he still resigned immediately after the results were announced. The votes left Wildrose’s Brian Jean to lead the official opposition instead.

So how is Canada dealing with this political shakeup? We took to social media for answers.

Obviously, some people were thrilled:

Especially one city councillor in Toronto, who was giving out cans of Orange Crush to celebrate:

A lot of Orange Crush…

People all over Alberta were even drinking it:

For others though, a soda-fueled celebration was the last thing they wanted:

Fortunately, two people were on hand to offer some perspective:

Given how long the PCs have been in power, “Dinosaur” became a popular choice word as well:

It also seemed unusual to many that it snowed the very next day:

As for Rachel Notley? She couldn’t be happier: