First and foremost, I would like to congratulate the Progressive Conservatives on their victory in yesterday’s provincial election. This was a hard fought victory, and candidates from all parties put a ton of time and effort into getting their messages out to constituents. In this post, I am not advocating for any of the mentioned parties.
According to The Globe & Mail’s final tally, the PC Party won 61 seats, followed by the Wildrose with 17, Liberals 5, and NDP 4.
Of course, the seat totals make this victory look like a landslide. The popular vote shows a different story. Here is the breakdown in popular vote versus 2008:
PC: 43.9% (-8.8%)
WRP: 34.3% (+27.5%)
LIB: 9.9% (-16.5%)
NDP: 9.8% (+1.3%)
As this tally shows, the PC and Liberal parties lost significant support, with the Wildrose picking up steam over the past four years. Over that time, a chunk of the PC base became significantly disenfranchised with what seemed to be a more moderate PC party under Ed Stelmach. With Alison Redford winning the nomination by a slim margin, those who did not want another moderate in charge cemented their decision to move to [...]Read More