Tuesday, July 31, 2007

We've got Winners

With voting now closed in eight provinces, we're ready to crown a handful of winners in the Best Premier Contest.

Ontario featured the most exciting race. After leading for most of the contest, Harris fell behind in the three way duel, setting up John Robarts and Oliver Mowatt in the final. Alas, we were denied the opportunity to see a 19th century Premier in this contest and John Roberts eeked it out by a 2,745 to 2,700 vote.

In BC, Dave Barrett got a late last day surge, to overtake the man who probably should have won, WAC Bennet, 657-579 on the eight ballot.

While BC had vote stuffing from the left, in Saskatchewan, Grant Devine held off a late surge by Greatest Canadian Tommy Douglas, to take the crown. I'm not sure why the Tories felt Devine was their man to knock off Tommy but, to each his own.

Barrett will be joined by fellow Dipper Ed Schreyer, who emerged from a series of knock-out matches to take the Manitoba crown.

In Alberta, it's Peter Lougheed, famous for his fights with Trudeau and the creation of the Heritage fund, who will be representing Wild Rose country in the national competition.

Despite low voter turn-out, Alex Campbell emerged as the PEI champion.

Another Liberal Premier from the 60s will be representing New Brunswick after Louis Robichaud's win there.

In fact, Atlantic Canada has been painted red, with Angus Macdonald taking the Nova Scotia crown.

In Newfoundland, Clyde Wells leads, with voting set to close Wednesday.

That just leaves the Quebecois nation...I'm giving the host until tomorrow to set up the poll, or else I'll get someone else to host. This should leave us on track for the main event to begin early next week.

If anyone knows of a good site for free polls that's relatively secure, let me know (or if anyone with some internet skills would like to volunteer to create the polls themselves, that'd be even sweller!).



  • Mircopoll.com which I used worked very well. It doesn't give you numerical results, only percentages, but it gives the total vote so it is easy to derive. Another good one which allows both security by cookie and IP is snappoll.com.

    I'd be more than happy to set them up for you if you like.

    By Blogger nbpolitico, at 6:42 p.m.  

  • This election will be determined by the voting system. If it is a one-round vote-your-favourite candidate, I suspect a Tory will win (not too many of them made the cut). If not, I predict a Liberal victory, although maybe Robarts can live on as a compromise candidate, and a middle finger to the strange land of Notontario.

    Yes, Canadian politics are so boring now that I have stooped to a metadebate on an unscientific online poll of mostly dead politicians. Go Robarts! To non U of T students, you might be interested in taking a gander at the giant concrete monstrosity of a library that is named for him (and yes it is shaped like a peacock).


    PS: that truck sells Chinese food and is pretty much always there.

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 9:16 a.m.  

  • "(and yes it is shaped like a peacock)"

    Actually, it looks more like a giant turkey.

    By Blogger James Bow, at 10:59 a.m.  

  • a series of kock-out matches

    Manitoba sounds like it has some weird politics going on...

    By Blogger Ricky, at 11:11 a.m.  

  • ricky; Outch. Well, good on Ed for winning then. ;-)

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 5:11 p.m.  

  • Mike Harris? Grant Devine? People should boil their drinking water before taking these polls.

    As for Quebec I think a poll is almost redundant: just give it to Rene Levesque by acclamation.

    By Blogger Lexington, at 3:23 p.m.  

  • You forgot Joey Smallwood and Danny Millions: NFLD's best of best!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:22 p.m.  

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