Congratulations to the voters of Manitoba for electing a PC Government yesterday:
The Globe and Mail reports that “Manitobans gave Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister one of the province’s most resounding victories in decades … [and] The Tories won a commanding victory on Tuesday, taking seats in areas where the party hasn’t been close to victory in decades. The PC’s also won more than half of the popular vote.”
Premier designate Pallister joins Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan as a strong conservative voice to counter the “tax and spend” Liberalism that, for the moment, infects neighbouring Ontario and Ottawa. I confidently expect Patrick Brown to revitalize the Progressive Conservatives in Ontario and lead them to victory in 2018 and I also expect that a new Conservative Party of Canada leader will turn Justin Trudeau our of office in 2019.
Why did Premier Selinger lose so badly and why do I think Premier Wynne will lose Ontario, too? The Globe and Mail, again: “The size of Mr. Selinger’s defeat comes partly from the NDP’s move to the left of the political spectrum under his premiership … former NDP premier Gary Doer kept the party tied to the centre for his decade in power, from 1999 to 2009. He reduced income taxes and posted a string of balanced budgets – turning in a surplus every year but one. While Mr. Doer was constrained, Mr. Selinger has instead embraced bigger deficits, sidestepping balanced-budget rules once considered sacrosanct … [and] after nearly 17 years in power, the party was carrying too much baggage.” Canadians like deficits and give-aways, for a while, but not for too long. Responsible, fiscal conservatism will always be called back into office to clean up after the lefties.