Last night, New Brunswick’s Progressive Conservative Party beat the governing Liberal Party. The Liberals won 21 seats and the Conservatives won 22 seats. But there are 49 seats in the legislature, so neither party won a majority.
The Green Party moved up from one seat to three; and a party I had never heard of before, called the Peoples Alliance, went from zero seats to three. They’re actually to the right of the Progressive Conservatives, if I’m reading their party platform correctly. If the Peoples Alliance backs the Tories, that’s 45. That’s a slim majority.
The Liberal lock on Atlantic Canada has been broken, but that the old two-party system, for so long dominant in the Atlantic especially, is broken, too. And not by the NDP. They got just 5 per cent of the vote.
The most interesting result is that People's Alliance Party, which got 13 per cent of the vote, up from just 2 per cent last time.
If you add up the three smaller parties, you get 32 per cent of the vote. Which is what the winning Conservatives got.
And I can’t help by thinking:
Maybe Maxime Bernier’s “People’s Party” isn’t such a crazy idea...
TONIGHT I'll review these and other lessons I think we can learn from the New Brunswick election results: About what happens when you dump refugees (some of them violent) far away from the fancy neighbourhoods in Ottawa and Toronto and Vancouver, for one thing.
You know, there is an enormous effort, after Donald Trump’s victory, to attack anything populist, anything alternative. Maxime Bernier had that happen to him on Sunday, on the CBC — they implied he was a foreign-funded stooge, and that he was associated with white supremacists — they actually smeared us at The Rebel, too.
I don’t think it’s working.
It hasn’t stopped Trump or Doug Ford. It’s not going to stop Jason Kenney; I don't think it’s going to work in Quebec.
Maybe one day our establishment politicians will listen to the people; maybe one day our establishment journalists will report honestly to the people.
Or not — and they’ll all find that the people have simply gone elsewhere...
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