Wednesday, 5 October 2011
First Past the Post strikes again!
Regionally concentrating one's power base results in messed up results like the ones for the last two provincial elections. If the Tories succeed under a new leader in 2015 at getting control of Winnipeg's suburbs, expect an equally skewed result in the opposite direction next time round.**
Unless, of course, we demand electoral reform now.
*The NDP seat count increased in 2007 from 2003 levels despite a popular vote fall. The party's seat count increased this election from 2007 levels despite a drop in the popular vote this time as well.
**Since a second, and worse, dip to the the global recession will likely be coming along soon, there is a strong possibility that this victory will be bittersweet for the Dippers. The next dip will likely hit Canada harder and the commodities market won't save us next time. The chattering class, as they always do, will attribute global macroeconomic problems as resultant by "ideological extremism" on the part of the NDP and Selinger will gain Howard Pawley's reputation.