Finishing off the Quarter-Finals
In the other match-up, the left wing decided to take up the Grant Devine cause this time but a late surge ended Sanjaya's run, giving it to Ernest Manning in a 673-612. Manning draws fellow SoCred WAC Bennett in the next round.
Voting is now open in the final two matchups of the first round, and will close at before midnight Thursday night. The semi-finals will start sometime this weekend.
Betting Line: The winner of this round is off to face Rene Levesque in the semis, which should make for a fun federalist/separatist clash, either way. Both Lesage and Wells are quite famous outside their home provinces, making for a too close to call 8/9 battle.
Career Highlights: During Ernest C. Manning's period of service as Premier, Alberta became Canada's major oil-producing province following the discovery of the Leduc field in 1947 and the Redwater field in 1948. Education, health, and highways were priorities of Premier Manning's Government. In 1947, it legislated free hospital and medical care for senior citizens and, in 1965, provincial civil servants were given the right to engage in collective bargaining.
Career Highlights: Highlights? Well, he was never charged himself in the kick-back scandal that hit his government.
Betting Line: Manning got lucky on the seedings, drawing what amounts to a lame-duck candidate in Devine. Expect Preston's daddy to cruise to a second round date with fellow Socred WAC Bennett.
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