Monday, July 23, 2007

Greatest Premier Update

Things are in full swing in the search for Canada's best Premier...

-In Alberta, Manning and Klein are neck and neck with Lougheed nipping on their heels. My personal pick would have been John Brownlee, but without him in the poll, I'd have to reluctantly go with Lougheed.

-In the search for BC's least corrupt Premier, it's Bennett leading Barrett and Bennett, on the 6th ballot.

-Manitoba has their Final Four.

-PEI is on to the quarter-finals.

-It was Robichaud over McKenna in the preliminary round in New Brunswick...round two should be up today.

-Ontario is now voting for a champion.

-Taking a break from spoiling the Harry Potter book and telling kids there's no such thing as Santa Clause, the SDA crowd has decided to stack the Saskatchewan poll in favour of Grant Devine.

-Oh, and Nova Scotia is off and running.

-Also on the East Coast, the field has been announced in Newfoundland, with voting set to start tomorrow.

-That just leaves Quebec and I have it on good authority that the people at Fuddle-Duddle will have the bilingual ballot up and running shortly.



  • Grant Devine...?

    Do the SDA troglodytes really want to go out of their way to remind everyone that, the last time conservatives were in power in Sask, they ran a government with criminal corruption and mismanagement?

    By Blogger JG, at 12:16 a.m.  

  • Boo on the BC poll, I wanted to vote for Bill Vander Zalm!

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 9:24 a.m.  

  • Oh and Josh, I do. I'm a Tory mostly because I hope to benefit from graft.

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 9:25 a.m.  

  • The New Brunswick second round poll has been re-launched after the previous attempt was tampered with.

    By Blogger nbpolitico, at 1:57 p.m.  

  • Ontario - 60% Mike Harris?! You're kidding me if this isn't a fix. I'm no Tory, but even a Conservative would have to say Frost, Robarts and Davis were a cut above slasher Mike. At least they built stuff; good stuff; stuff that has lasted.

    And I'm no fan of Dalton the person, but his government is at least a return to stability and effective stewardship that is the Ontario governmental tradition, rather than the assault on reason, civility, people and community that was Harris's "legacy". I think the current government deserves to be in the hunt for picking up Mike's mess.

    By Blogger John Wright, at 3:47 p.m.  

  • How did McKenna lose to Robichaud? What the heck is going on?

    By Blogger Forward Looking Canadian, at 4:32 p.m.  

  • That was round 1 Riley, I would encourage you to cast your vote in round 2, where McKenna is again trailing Robichaud.

    By Blogger nbpolitico, at 4:47 p.m.  

  • The Ontario results are a sham. First there was stuffing for Davis, then for Harris, then Rae, then Mowat, then after Mowat passed Harris, the Harris people stuffed the box again.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:24 p.m.  

  • Thanks! I just voted. McKenna saw social cutbacks but it was needed and he had a much better personality than most of the other candidates. I'm glad to see Bernard Lord and Hatfield not in the lead though.

    By Blogger Forward Looking Canadian, at 11:46 p.m.  

  • Seriously, everyone needs to stop complaining about "ballot stuffing". That's the way every popular and competitive Internet poll works: various websites try to funnel as many readers as they can to their candidate of choice.

    May the best ballot stuffer win!

    By Blogger The Invisible Hand, at 12:14 a.m.  

  • invisible hand - indeed. Though I did have to change my poll not because of coordinated efforts to turn out the vote (I am all in favour of that, it works in the real world too) but of people casting multiple votes as easily as two clicks.

    By Blogger nbpolitico, at 10:08 a.m.  

  • Too bad the votes in Ontario don't actually reflect my preferences.

    Sure, the "top" vote-getter continues to advance, regardless of where my vote ranked him.

    But the bottom vote-getters also continue to advance, despite their very low rankings.

    This voting system is broken, and clearly cannot be used to measure any serious electoral intent.

    By Blogger Paul, at 12:52 a.m.  

  • In New Brunswick, we have a winner!

    By Blogger nbpolitico, at 11:08 a.m.  

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    By Blogger leonsp, at 2:22 p.m.  

  • Ya I dont really see the point of these competitions. No representative sample of the people of Saskatchewan would produce a 69% result for Grant Devine. No way never.

    And this is all being orchestrated by someone who prides herself with coining the term "Libranos". To the extent that a "government" can be "corrupt" Devines government was one of the worst.

    Its just pointless.

    By Blogger KC, at 7:20 p.m.  

  • I thought the bright lights at the Sun came up with that "Libranos".

    By Blogger JG, at 9:13 p.m.  

  • "You don't rank the candidates you don't like."

    Not true. You rank all the candidates. Those you don't like are at the bottom of your rankings. And your votes should count against them: you are voting against them by ranking them low. But the system does not take your preferences into account.

    By Blogger Paul, at 4:07 a.m.  

  • Er, no, actually. You don't have to rank all the candidates, and if there are candidates that you really don't want to win, you just don't rank them. (I notice that's what most of Bob Rae's supporters did, for example.)

    By Blogger The Invisible Hand, at 12:06 a.m.  

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