Monday, September 18, 2006

Election Night in New Brunswick

So, is there going to be a sudden outcry in favour of PR in New Brunswick from the outraged Cconservatives who are currently trailing the Liberals by seven seats with the same percentage of the popular vote?

The NDP vote percentage is disastrous. 5% barely even meets the minimum threshold most policy wonks propose for PR. A new bilingual leader is in order. The local candidates haven't done very well either. I'm surprised at how poorly Virgil Hammock is faring here in Tantramar, even though I thought he would lose. Right now he's sitting at 12% of the vote, and I thought he'd squeak out a second place finish.

9:22 PM UPDATE: Brewer is currently speaking. It's a speech of delusion. You can't claim "we won" when your vote totals are so appalling. It's a gracious speech, but the provincial NDP will certainly have to ask itself some hard questions in the coming months.

Will this change anything in New Brunswick politics? Perhaps. But I'm not expecting radical change in this province.

10:23 PM UPDATE: The Liberal lead has shrunk to a mere three seats (29-26). New Brunswick voters have put Shawn Graham on a very short leash - currently he lacks even a plurality of the popular vote. We'll see if a year or two in government impresses the voters enough to give him a more sizeable mandate in the future.

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At 9:21 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She doesn't even think she should step down after this poor showing! Sad!!!

At 12:15 am, Blogger Idealistic Pragmatist said...

5% barely even meets the minimum threshold most policy wonks propose for PR.

Okay, this was exactly my reaction, but I figured I was just being a big fat geek. :-)

At 8:25 am, Blogger Matt said...

Alison Brewer was the only candidate to even reach the 15% threshold required to get her deposit back. Another tidbit for the wonks!


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