Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Finishing off the Quarter-Finals

UPDATE: It's Lesage over Wells by a comfortable 204-102 vote margin. Lesage will take on a prominent Cabinet Minister of his, Rene Levesque, in 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.

Clyde Wells (9) vs. Jean Lesage (8)

Clyde Wells
Newfoundland 1989-1997
Career Highlights: He is, without a doubt, infamous for his opposition to the Meech Lake Accord (mostly as a response to Québec for Distinct Society). He was one of the few MLAs, which stood firm against Smallwood’s increasingly authoritarian regime.

Jean Lesage
Quebec 1960-1966
Career Highlights: Lesage's win in 1960 was a key moment in the Quiet Revolution, ending the Union Nationale's reign. He was subsequently re-elected in '62 under the "Maîtres chez nous" slogan (loosely translated to "master of the house" or "master of his domain"). He was defeated in 1966 because, to be blunt, he was too stupid to redraw the old UN Nationale rural heavy electoral map. During his time as Premier, Lesage brought in massive reform to education, health care, and working conditions. He also nationalized Hydro-Quebec.

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.

Ernest Manning
Alberta 1943-1968
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.

Grant Devine
Saskatchewan 1982-1991
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.



  • *laughing evilly* I just can't resist the temptation of having Devine as the main candidate for the right to rally around -- he he he ;)

    The other choice was easy, Lesage, he's Quebec's Louis Robichaud!

    By Blogger Hassan, at 7:21 p.m.  

  • Well, he was never charged himself in the kick-back scandal that hit his government.

    Probably because he was totally clueless about what was going on. Nevertheless, this Tory finds it quite embarrassing that Devine made it as my home province's best Premier, and gleefully voted for Ernest Manning in this round. In the other contest, I also voted for Lesage.

    By Blogger Brian in Calgary, at 9:25 p.m.  

  • Of course, Newfoundland and Labrador has MHAs, not MLAs.

    By Blogger Dennis, at 10:15 a.m.  


    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 10:39 a.m.  

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    By Blogger nbpolitico, at 10:59 a.m.  

  • It would indeed be poetic justice if Devine, who has no business in this contest but got here because of a massive GOTV effort by the conservative bloggers, defeats Manning who does have business here and is far dearer to their hearts.

    Morale Just becuase the word "conservative" somes somewhere after one's name, does not necessarily mean he or she a worthy candidate -OR- be careful what you vote for, you just might get it.

    By Blogger nbpolitico, at 11:00 a.m.  

  • be careful what you vote for, you just might get it.

    Hear, hear, nbpolitico. If some of my fellow Conservatives are ticked off with Harper for not being conservative enough, Devine is the last person they should vote for. With the deficits his government ran up, he was not exactly the model of fiscal sanity. In fact, he almost single-handedly just about pushed the province of Saskatchewan to the brink of bankruptcy.

    By Blogger Brian in Calgary, at 11:15 a.m.  

  • The Devine-Manning "matchup" isn't really worthy of comment, even if my opinion of Devine probably isn't as low as most folks round here. Sorry, Grant.

    But man, I'm having a real battle with myself on the Wells-Lesage poll. Lesage's contributions almost speak for themselves, and you'd think that as a Newfoundlander-Tory I'd have no time for Clyde (now Chief Justice Wells, btw). But it isn't really that simple.

    Arguably, Wells was the most small-c conservative premier NL ever had, from a fiscal point of view. At one point he even considered privatising NL Hydro, though he ended up having to back down in the face of some vociferous opposition.

    Back in the day I wasn't a big fan of his Meech antics to say the least, but he may have been right on that one, after all.

    The downside is that for a man with as much personal integrity as I think he had, his government played the patronage game as much as anyone else ever did. There were a # of lawsuits and allegations of scandal (to be fair, not all were proven - legally speaking). And he could be a little holier-than-thou (if you think Harper doesn't react well to criticism, you should've seen Clyde back in the day...)

    That said, I don't think Wells was personally crooked at all (as opposed to, say, Joey Smallwood) and Dan's right: he stood up to Smallwood when doing so could've meant the end of one's career.

    So at the end of the day, with all respect to Jean L., I think Clyde should get the duke on this one.

    Sorry to go on for so long, but I figure most folks would probably vote for Lesage for historical reasons, so CW deserved a bit of a spotlight.

    By Blogger Jason Hickman, at 11:56 a.m.  

  • Manning vs. Devine

    Fundmentalist, arch-eugenicist, neoconservative before its time vs. big spending nincompoop.

    I think I'll take the big spending nincompoop. At least with him, everyone was free to reproduce a better leader.

    By Blogger Ted Betts, at 12:25 p.m.  

  • Ha ha - Devine leading so far. Do we have our own little Sanjaya here?

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 2:41 p.m.  

  • I forget now....who's bigger than Jesus? The Beatles, Oasis, or Grant Devine.

    Careful now, all this support for Devine might go to his head and drive him to make another run at Parliament.

    By Blogger The Riel One, at 6:30 p.m.  

  • Devine lost? What happened to his legions of supporters from the earlier rounds? I was starting to think that Devine might be able to pull a Mulroney and go from the most disliked Premier in history to a respectably-liked one, so long as he stays out of court.

    By Blogger Wheatfield, at 9:30 a.m.  

  • To wheatsheaf - Devine is an embarrassment to all thinking Tories. After all, the CPC disallowed him from even running for a federal nomination in 2004. As per CG's update (In the other match-up, the left wing decided to take up the Grant Devine cause this time) the liberals and leftists tried to get him chosen to embarrass us. Fortunately, it failed.

    By Blogger Brian in Calgary, at 2:45 p.m.  

  • The guy is definitely just, and there's no doubt.

    By Anonymous contactos en barcelona, at 1:57 a.m.  

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