Fear and smear wins

April 23rd, 2012
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All indications are that the PCs have won a majority government. Blue Tories across the province and across the country will be feeling the pain.  Pollsters may want to take down their shingles for a while until the dust settles.

First popular vote numbers show the government at 44%, Wildrose at 34%. It appears the left-of-centre vote has collapsed and gone to the PCs, at least in southern and rural Alberta.

Get used to those letters – “PC” – because the word “conservative” will likely be in short supply for a few years yet. It’s hard not to overstate the negatives of this result, with Canada’s economic engine sliding ominously to the left.

The role of the media in this result will surely float to the top of the barrels of sour grapes over the coming days. Better leave it at that, rather than write something that will be regretted later.

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By John Weissenberger