Musings —04.04.2017 07:44 AM—
- The Liberal vote was down in Markham, and the Tory vote was up.
- Liberals won big in Ottawa-Vanier, which is the safest Liberal seat in the galaxy. But it was the Dippers who came a (distant) second. Tories ran third.
- The Grit candidate in Stephane Dion’s riding – and we all adore her for defying the establishment and winning the nomination – absolutely crushed her challengers, with 60 per cent of the vote. The Tories got a third of that. Dippers came fourth.
- In Stephen Harper’s old riding, the CPC candidate – who I like because he looks like a Windsor New Democrat, not a Calgary Conservative – racked up similar numbers, taking 71 per cent of the vote, and the Grits didn’t even get a third of that.
- In the Southeast of Cowtown, where I used to live back when Jason Kenney was still a Ralph Goodale assistant, the CPC won nearly 80 per cent of the vote – and the Libs got less than 20 per cent. Ouch.
What’s it all mean?
Well, here’s my linkless, bulleted take:
- It means nothing. They were by-elections. Who cares.
- But, then again, maybe they mean something. Like, the universe is balancing out again – the Conservatives are retaking the West without a leader, and the Trudeau-led Liberals are still the folks to beat in the East.
- Also meaningful: more women in the House. That’s good.
- The Dippers weren’t a factor anywhere. Sure, they came second in Ottawa-Vanier, but not even a close second. They need to select Jagmeet Singh, fast, and get their shit together.
- In Markham, the Liberal drop, and the concurrent Tory rise, is perhaps something to keep an eye on. There was no change, but still: the CPC – even with a shitshow of a leadership race, and with no one really leading them – are edging back. Hmmm.
- In St. Laurent, the Liberal grassroots took back control – and they delivered for their anointed candidate, big time. Wonderful to see. Pay heed, PMO.
- Again: they were by-elections. Turnout sucked. Nothing changed. I’d be surprised if you are still awake.
Carry on as you were. The universe is aligned, and Kevin O’Leary is still Kevin O’Douchebag.