We did it, Alberta!
On Tuesday, April 16th, Albertans overwhelmingly voted for change, ending the NDP's four years of misrule, and welcoming in a new United Conservative government under the leadership of Premier-designate Jason Kenney.
And the results were overwhelming.
Despite a constant campaign of fear and negative attacks, Albertans came out in droves to vote for jobs, pipelines and economic growth - and in the end, it wasn't even close.
More than 70% of eligible Alberta voters cast ballots in this election - the highest turnout in an Alberta provincial election since 1971.
A whopping 55% of those voters cast ballots for Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party - that works out to more than a million votes for the UCP.
Put another way, it's the most votes a provincial political party has ever gotten in the history of Alberta. The UCP beat the NDP by more than 23%, embarrassing a lot of polling companies and political pundits in the process, who claimed the results would be much closer.
It also, once again, demonstrates a key point that Alberta Can't Wait has been making since we were founded:
When conservatives are united, we win. When conservatives are divided, we lose.
And boy, did united conservatives win.
In fact, the new United Conservative party won a larger share of the vote than both the legacy PC and Wildrose Parties combined did in the 2015 Alberta election.
This is great news for Alberta, and great news for those families struggling through the tough economic times made worse by the NDP's anti-business policies.
During the campaign, Jason Kenney would say that "help is on the way" - and now, with last Tuesday's win, help is here!
It also means that we've finally come to the end of a journey that began in an auditorium in Red Deer in the spring of 2016, just a year after the NDP were first elected, when more than 700 Albertans from across the province came together to discuss conservative unity.
Alberta Can't Wait was created to end the vote-splitting between the Wildrose and PC Parties that had cost conservatives the 2015 election and put our province's future at risk.
We fought hard to neutralize the old guards of both parties who were more interested in protecting their own personal political fiefdoms than they were about bringing conservatives together and winning the next election.
We campaigned for the memberships of both political parties to support unity, and held their leaderships' feet to the fire when they dragged their heels or tried to derail the process.
And we were successful in helping to create the party which now forms the new Government of Alberta.
We called ourselves Alberta Can't Wait because we knew that we couldn't afford to wait even one more election to unite conservatives and take back our province.
We wouldn't have been able to achieve what we did without the support of thousands of everyday Albertans - from every corner of the province and every walk of life - who set their political labels aside to put Alberta first.
We are sincerely grateful for the faith and trust that were placed in us by Albertans, and it has been a privilege to be your voice over these past years.
Alberta is done waiting - now, it's time for our province to lead.
Here are some of our favourite memories from our unity journey at Alberta Can't Wait:
Alberta Can't Wait's launch conference held in Red Deer, Alberta
The ACW "Unity Bus" featuring ACW founder Prem Singh and Premier-designate Jason Kenney
ACW billboard promoting conservative unity
However, while Alberta Can't Wait's role has finished, we do not believe that the work is done to renew the Alberta Advantage and reignite our economy.
Because winning an election isn't the only thing that matters.
It's what you do with that victory that counts - the policies you adopt, the laws that you pass, the people you choose to help you govern, and the stands you take on principle for what you believe in make all the difference.
We believe that Alberta needs a government that leads the way forward and stands up for what's important - and we need voices that will support that work over the months and years to come.
In the near future, we'll be sharing with you what Alberta Can't Wait will become. We're excited about what comes next for us, and for Alberta.
Until then, let us close this last Alberta Can't Wait e-mail with our thanks and appreciation to each and every one of you.
Alberta is a remarkable place, filled with remarkable people - and we can't wait to see what our province will achieve next.
With thanks and gratitude,
Alberta Can't Wait