There will be some who feel that if the anti-CPC vote had coalesced around 1 candidate last night, Joan Crockett might not be going to Ottawa, which she narrowly did over Liberal Harvey Locke. In fact, 63% of those who did vote (and it was a rather pathetic 29% turnout, the worst of the 3 ridings) voted against her and the CPC.
I’m not so sure that would be the case. If a lot of the disgruntled “Red Tory” or “Alison Redford” voters went to the Greens.. there’s no guarantee they would have gone to the Liberals. Would Liberal voters have voted Green if Turner was the sole candidate? No way to know that either.There are going to be many instances where co-operation or coalition may help defeat the CPC.. I’m just not sure last night in that riding was one of them.
At any rate, I will be very interested to see what role the CPC gives Joan Crockett; if it’s a front-line role in the spotlight, she will have to avoid Rob Anders type explosive outbursts (which she showed hints of in the debates); because I don’t think that will cut it in this riding.
As a noted CPC supporter and friend of mine said to me this morning, the CPC may have it’s work cut out for it in this riding in the next general election.
As for the others, no surprise that the CPC would win in Bev Oda’s old riding with her and her scandals gone, and that riding having trended Conservative the last decade – they had no incentive to not vote CPC. It WAS a real surprise that the Greens almost knocked off the NDP out west. A rather good night for the Green Party, even though they didn’t win. I’ve seen some Green disappointment last night they didnt get as much turnout of the Nenschi voters as they thought they were going to get.. but they did do fine, all things considered.