Well, in memory of Jack Layton and his message of hope and optimism, the provincial NDP conducted a campaign of sleaze, misinformation and lies. So much for Jack’s memory.
But did they win? Well, in number of seats and another majority , yes.
But what did we have to choose from?
An NDP campaign of lies and electoral disdain, vs. a conservative campaign of pandering and trying to be the NDP.
I could suggest that because the NDP didn’t get 50% of the popular vote, the provincial gov’t is illegitimate. But unlike those on the left that made that cry when the federal conservatives won, I won’t make that argument. I didn’t believe it then, I don’t now. That’s how our system works.
But aside from number of seats, who really won? I don’t know.
Democracy suffered in this election. Voter turnout was low; there are several responsibilities that come with the ability to vote. First and foremost is exercising that right. One responsibility that I think is almost as important is to be an informed voter. This campaign of lies and slander is an affront to this responsibility and I believe it could be argued that it was an attempt to undermine democracy.
Did we also have a clear, credible choice? If , as many suggested, it was a two party race, then what were the differentiations? Bipole? Anything else?
I’m not sure who won, but I know who lost.
Manitobans lost in this election. No clear vision presented in this campaign on anything ( unless hiring thousands of nurses can be considered vision). No credible alternative.
We have four years. Four years for someone to step forward and provide a clear, credible vision. Four years for someone to develop positive alternatives. Four years to develop a roadmap to bring us to a have province. Four years to develop a plan to address issues like crime and poverty.
Let’s just hope someone steps forward to do it.