May 17, 2019

The PCs “bungled” Newfoundland election by running as “Progressives” and not “Conservatives”

Keean BexteRebel Contributor

The “blue wave” didn't quite make it to Newfoundland and Labrador during yesterday’s provincial election. That's not to say the Liberals curbed the nationwide Tory surge, just that everyone was a loser.

The leader of the Progressive “Conservatives” ran a campaign so similar to the governing Liberals that voters had no motivation to pick the devil they didn't know.

The blue wave may not have made it to the shores of the Atlantic province, but the red swamp visibly receded. Dwight Ball's first term majority government was reduced to a minority, something that has never happened in Newfoundland politics. They are one seat short of a government, and that is before they even elect a speaker.

A voter told me over the phone from the PC election night party, “I voted in the advanced polls, but it didn't take long for Ches [Crosbie] to make me want to take my vote back,” and it's not hard to see why. The PC leader ran a campaign explicitly courting the socialist voters of the New Democratic Party. He ran on $25 a day daycare, a policy directly copied and pasted from the Ball Liberals' playbook. When The Rebel asked Crosbie if flip flopping on kicking out a pro-life candidate hurt his credibility as a conservative, he balked.

The right wing roster had an empty dugout this election. Sure, the Liberals were embarrassed. They couldn't avoid the stigma of their unpopular federal leader. Sure, Newfoundland and Labrador may very well head to the polls again within a year; they might even vote again before the next federal election. At the end of the day though, who cares?

There is no party courageous enough to deal with the nearly $30,000 of government debt that each member of their aging population shares. No party had a credible plan to electricity prices that are projected to double. There is no hope.

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commented 2019-05-19 03:36:46 -0400
“If ever” indeed Robert Sloane… I would predict that the re-election of our Boy Blunder would trigger several scenarios and in the coming decade rather than 100 years… Give BB’s dictatorial slant it is a given that Western Canadian separation would come to the boiling point within a few years.. Any gun grabs would trigger a response even quicker than that… The re-election of BB would also bring to a boil the pipeline issue as his true intent would become very clear… The one thing that too many have lost sight of is that Canada’s “non-performance” in both NATO and NORAD cannot continue forever… The Americans, under Trump, will not tolerate a wishy-washy, weak, ineffective, and China butt-kissing neighbour on their northern boundary… Leading to some very serious head-butting and much quicker than later…
commented 2019-05-18 23:15:22 -0400
Once again, I have to say “great comments, all”… In chatting with people today, it is clear that many of us still believe that there is a very real possibility that Trudy will pull off another win. And he won’t have to start lying until the beginning of September, and there may be enough foolish/uneducated/irresponsible Canadians that are stupid enough to fall for it… He could go out and commit every sin imaginable up until Labor Day, and his followers will still vote for him.. As every birthday of mine arrives, I cannot be more thankful that I will soon not have to deal with this Crap.. September/2020 is not far off, and then I’m out of here for good… The 50’s were a great time to be born into… If Trudeau is voted in again, for Canadians and Canada it will take another 100 years to get anywhere near back to normal.. If ever!!
commented 2019-05-18 19:53:47 -0400
SAM HILL commented 5 hours ago
Ron Shea commented 22 hours ago: Spot on!
When will conservatives learn? No matter how much you kiss azz of lefties, they will never vote for you. Stick to your core values. I know many conservatives who never bothered voting in the last election, because of wishy washy Harper.


Sam, that is a right on observation. There is no great mass of swing votes from right to left and back again…there is just enough variation in voter turn out and motivation to swing enough close margin seats to make the difference. Hard core ideology has never won an election nor has it kept anyone in power for very long.

Let go of the notion that you can get what you want with your vote….the best you can hope for is to thwart that which you would find insufferable enough to get out and vote against it.
commented 2019-05-18 14:43:52 -0400
Ron Shea commented 22 hours ago: Spot on!
When will conservatives learn? No matter how much you kiss azz of lefties, they will never vote for you. Stick to your core values. I know many conservatives who never bothered voting in the last election, because of wishy washy Harper.
commented 2019-05-18 10:57:57 -0400
Progressives, like liberals, are the problem.
Progressive Conservative…it’s not merely a contradiction in terms, it’s a lie…Progressive Conservatives are NOT conservative!
If you’re going to campaign as a conservative, be a conservative and not lefty liberal lite!
commented 2019-05-18 03:02:12 -0400
Just like there is no Conservative Party running in the Federal Election either. Trump was the test case for all that is Conservative. They just had to follow his game plan to victory. Prior to Ford taking over Ontario we would of had a LibCon Party in office there under Paddy Brown. Thankfully that didn’t happen. The Conservatives have a disease, where they want to cater to everyone except the Conservative Grassroots voters. With the loss in NFLD, I wonder if the Feds are paying attention? In this up and coming Federal Election, one of Trudeau’s best assets that will lead him to victory, is Andrew Scheer.
commented 2019-05-17 21:18:14 -0400
KEEAN…I’m going to say something critical here…it is because you are young and you have a few things to learn.

You come across like a kid who was raised in the staff day care at the University of Chicago and Milton Friedman was your godfather…many are glad to see this in someone your age.

But in order to be well rounded as a political pundit, you are going to have to face the fact that all of the terrible things Karl Marx said about capitalism were true…and it was because they were true that the left got traction.

Did you know that in 1921 there was a coal mining strike in Glace Bay (a righteous strike by any measure) that was put down by the Montreal Vinght Deux and a gun boat sent from England at the behest of the Dominion Coal Company….were you aware that those who were displaced from Scotland by the Jacobite uprising and the subsequent clearances ended up in Cape Breton… you know how many Irish displaced by the patatoe famine and other …shall we say…inconveniences….ended up in Newfoundland…

Austerity you say….well let me assure you Mr Political Genius….“Let them eat cake” is not a winning election platform in the maritimes.

Just BTW Nova Scotia was the last place in the world to ban debtors prison…in 1969

It still rears it’s head in non payment of fines and victim surcharges as well as alimony and child support non payment….nothing being tossed down the old oubliette wouldn’t fix I suppose.
commented 2019-05-17 20:52:20 -0400
Keean, while you’re in St. John’s, be sure to check out “Sirens” on George Street. The way things have been going here in Canada over the last while, I can’t guarantee there won’t be any Trannys dancing. So, give Tory a call before you go. He likely knows the latest…
commented 2019-05-17 20:37:05 -0400
So, people earning less than $150,000.00/yr will pay only $25/day for someone else to look after their kids? So that more Women can enter the work force? That’s brilliant… The rich want others (without children) to subsidize their kids care.. They want to pay their debt off, and lower taxes at the same time. Guess what. It’s not going to work. Socialism is alive and well in Newfoundland.. Maybe their plan is to go so far into debt, that the rest of us Canadians will be forced to “bail them out”?
commented 2019-05-17 20:26:26 -0400
commented 2019-05-17 18:17:56 -0400
Billy Howard, fat chance that Scheer will respond as you suggest. Only one true conservative alternative, Maxime Bernier.
commented 2019-05-17 18:14:57 -0400
Part onTrump’s success was to play to his conservative base and ignore the mainstream media. Something so called conservative can learn who are moving left.
commented 2019-05-17 18:00:14 -0400
Don’t these fake conservatives think Trudeau has attacked Alberta enough. Once again, like Harper they think they can win by throwing Alberta under the bus. My decision to never vote for them again was correct, and only vote for Alberta independence.
commented 2019-05-17 17:43:29 -0400
Truly a lesson to learn for Scheer.
If Andy does progressive, he’ll lose as the PPC soars to at least 10%, robbing CPC of all swing ridings.
If Andy doubles down on conservatism by releasing his MPs to talk to Rebel, says Roxham Road will be fenced, starts working with the Trump WH, stops cowering to the MSM, starts calling Trudeau “liar” and “corrupt” in response to Justin’s accusations of racism and fascism, and stops pandering to special interests, he’ll get a majority.
commented 2019-05-17 17:40:08 -0400
Though, to be fair, unlike NB or PEI, the PCs actually gained votes in this one.
commented 2019-05-17 17:03:35 -0400
The problem with CINOs is they have conceded defeat before they even get started.
commented 2019-05-17 17:03:29 -0400
Keean, this sounds like a foreshadowing of the October Federal election when Andrew Scheer runs as a progressive and not a conservative.
You know Andrew Scheer, the progressive guy who wouldn’t let his own party members vote on supply management at last years Conservative convention.
The progressive guy who whipped his caucus into voting for the Paris accord and silenced real Conservative MP’s Brad Trost, Cheryl Gallant and Kelly Leitch because they thought different.
The progressive guy who claims he’ll shut down the CBC news division but continuously pays money to the CBC to play conservative ads on the TV and radio.
The progressive guy who believes abortion is wrong but refuses to allow his party to vote on it.
The progressive guy who hangs out with Islamic imams who write articles on how to beat their wives.
The progressive guy who claims Trudeau’s dealings with SNC Lavalin are wrong and that SNC Lavalin are corrupt, yet he invites SNC Lavalin to a fund raising dinner.
The progressive guy who…and on and on.

I’d ask you to get an interview with Scheer Keean, but since he himself has ostracised the Rebel because you know, the Rebel is too " far-right and conservative", that may be hard to do. Plus, I think if you did interview you would catch him in his words pretty quick and I am sure he wants to avoid embarrassment since like Crosbie, he is supposedly leading in the polls.
Scheer certainly doesn’t want to be interviewed by Ezra. I think that truly terrifies him.

Newfoundlanders are symbolic of Canadians who want handouts. Whoever gives out the most free stuff is the party you vote for. A LOT of “Canadians” these days think like that.
commented 2019-05-17 16:56:33 -0400
Let this be a lesson come Oct. Vote for your values, real conservative values. Competing with the liberals for free stuff is not the way to win an election. Maybe its different in NFL. I wonder what the turnout was. Most real conservatives probably stayed home.
At least its only a minority win for the liberals.
commented 2019-05-17 16:56:13 -0400
The Conservative party members in Newfoundland recognize they are CINO, but do not recognize that as contributing to their loss, just like the federal Conservatives. Both need to be swept aside for a real Conservative party.
commented 2019-05-17 16:27:25 -0400
You said it Robert McClelland – The CINO’s never learn…
commented 2019-05-17 16:20:09 -0400
This geek is the son of “Laird tunderin’ Jeesus”, John Crosbie???? Can’t be, he must have been adopted or something.
commented 2019-05-17 16:13:02 -0400
Keane…Newfoundland was a colony of the UK until 1949.

The Vikings gave up on living there for pretty much the same reasons the Japanese gave up on Kiska in the Aleutians….sometimes the juice just ain’t worth the squeeze.
commented 2019-05-17 15:41:26 -0400
The CINO’s will never learn, conservatives have no incentive to turn out and vote for Liberal lite and lefties will not do so either when they can have the real far left deal.