Wednesday, May 23, 2007

"Ouch"

...was how Hugh McFadyen described it.

Gary Doer cruises to a third straight majority government after a campaign that could only be described as "dull", even by Gary Doer or Manitoba standards.

Still, good on Gary. He's been a top notch Premier and is certainly deserving of a third term.

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  • I wouldn't call it that boring. Did you see the ads? Perhaps the nastiest I have ever seen in Canadian politics at least since the 1993 face ads.

    The Tories ran an ad of a woman walking through a dark parking garage with people lurking in the corners; she makes a mad dash for her car slams the door and locks it with a look of terror on her face. The voice over says that Manitobans shouldn't have to live in fear, but they do because the NDP is so soft on crime. I thought it was kind of funny coming from the party led by the former chief of staff to the mayor of Winnipeg where all of the crime exists, but I digress.

    The NDP ran an ad that wasn't quite as rough but was still fairly negative showing a hospital corridor with nurses being erased, reminded voters of the Tory health cuts of the 90s and said it was "a record worth remembering" and a record that should not be allowed to repeat itself.

    By Blogger nbpolitico, at 12:03 PM  

  • Indeed. I managed to see some of the results come in, including a very entertaining cat-fight between Reg Alcock and some MB Tory whose name I didn't catch. Quite the change from the usual genteel panel-o-pundits you usually get on election-night coverage.

    The key question for me is whether McFadyen gets another shot. As one of the other talking heads pointed out last night, it took Doer 3 or 4 tries before he beat Gary Filmon, so one would hope that the Manitoba Tories can avoid the usual knife-the-leader-after-a-loss routine to see if he'll improve.

    By Blogger Jason Hickman, at 12:20 PM  

  • Good on Gary. It's so typically Manitoban to 'stay the course'! Obviously the electorate likes the stability of having his government in power.

    By Blogger RD, at 7:26 PM  

  • CG: "Still, good on Gary. He's been a top notch Premier and is certainly deserving of a third term."

    Winnepeg is a crime-ridden sh*thole and the economy of Manitoba is pathetic, despite so many natural gifts. What does one have to do to be sub par? Oh yeah, not believe that if some government is good, a lot must be better. Damn those pesky people who believe in individual initiative, solidarity forever.

    By Blogger Grithater, at 7:27 PM  

  • The real loss here is that the Coyotes won't be moving back to Winnipeg.

    And Winnipeg may not get another NHL franchise, in our lifetimes.

    Think about the utter tragedy of that before we continue basking in our late in the day support of the winning team.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 1:11 AM  

  • What is so pathetic about Manitoba's economy? That it's not Alberta or Saskatchewan's right now?

    By Blogger RD, at 6:44 PM  

  • CG: "Still, good on Gary. He's been a top notch Premier and is certainly deserving of a third term."


    Are you serious. Crime is out of control. Roads and hiways are falling apart. There is a shortage of doctors and nurses. The young and educated are quickly moving away. Manitoba is quickly becoming the Maritimes of the prairies. They only construction downtown has been govt projects. Ask any former Manitoban if they would go back. The answer would be no. Doer is no Filmon thats for sure, at least Manitoba had a better economy then.

    By Blogger GV, at 10:47 PM  

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