On To The Quarters
The provincial races turned into Frank McKenna sized routs, with Duffy's four favourites all advancing.
'76 Quebec (1) over '35 Alberta (8): 81% to 19%
'44 Saskatchewan (2) over '52 British Columbia (7): 84% to 16%
'43 Ontario (3) over 1867 Ontario (6): 77% to 23%
'60 Quebec (4) over '89 Newfoundland (5): 78% to 22%
This sets us up for a very competitive provincial final 4 next week. But, before we get to that, it's time to take a look at this week's two quarter-final matchups. Voting will be open until Wednesday at 10 pm.
1935 (4) vs. 1988 (1)
The Case for 1935: The "King or Chaos" depression election turned into a Liberal rout - 171 seats for King to R.B. Bennett's 39. Despite this, it was still a memorable election, with a plethora of fringe parties and independents winning seats, including disgruntled Bennett Cabmin HH Stevens' Reconstructionts, Social Credit, and the CCF.
The Case for 1988: The 1988 election was undeniably one of Canada's most exciting ever. All three parties enjoyed leads in the polls in the year prior to the election and the campaign itself turned into a see-saw affair between Mulroney and Turner, once Turner picked opposition to free trade as his hill to die on. Vicious attack ads, a big issue, another thrilling debate, a mid-election putsch attempt - this campaign has it all and, in the end, it had Brian Mulroney winning the first back-to-back Tory majorities in over 70 years.
1957/58 (6) vs. 1878 (2)
The Case for 1957/58: While the 1935 election set up a Liberal dynasty, these back-to-back elections saw it crash down in spectacular fashion. A no-name with a long name from Saskatchewan managed to usurp the throne and, in the process, won one of the largest victories in Canadian history.
The Case for 1878: The 1878 election marked John A's comeback from the Pacific Scandal, cementing his reputation in the history books and leaving Alexander MacKenzie as a footnote. As for it's impact, here's what a regular reader sent in, back when I was taking nominations for this contest:
This election returned the Tories to power after the Pacific scandal, and cemented the Tories as Canada's first "natural governing party". The real story though, is the National Policy, which cemented Conservatives as protectionist, economic nationalists for over a century. The policy was so popular that it extended Conservative governance for more than decade and engendered Laurier's defeat when he opposed it 1911. I think this policy helps to explain the emergence and staying power of 'red Tories' even after their disappearance in the US.
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