Brad Wall Leads Saskatchewan Party to 3rd Consecutive Majority Government; Will He Become Canada's New Conservative Party Leader in 2017? - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
Brad Wall Leads Saskatchewan Party to 3rd Consecutive Majority Government; Will He Become Canada’s New Conservative Party Leader in 2017?
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Some good news for conservatives in Canada tonight. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and his Saskatchewan Party have won their third consecutive majority government. They are elected or leading in 49 of 61 seats with a staggering 63% of the vote as opposed to 12 seats and 29.4% of the vote for the NDP. The Liberals and Greens will be shut out as usual.

Keep in mind that Saskatchewan is the cradle of Canadian socialism going back to the CCF days under Tommy Douglas. This is the first time in over 90 years a non-socialist party has won three consecutive majority governments in Saskatchewan. This makes Brad Wall the most popular conservative in Canada.

After tonight’s victory, there will be yeoman efforts to get Wall to run for the leadership of Canada’s Conservative Party in May 2017. After Stephen Harper & the Tories fell to Justin Trudeau’s Liberals last October, Wall indicated he was not interested in the position. He would reiterate that position in January. But given the scale of his triumph the efforts to recruit him into federal poltics will intensify. Rona Ambrose is the Tories’ interim leader until a successor is chosen.

There should be more good news for Canadian conservatives later this month. In 15 days, Saskatchewan’s next door neighboor Manitoba will likely elect the Progressive Conservative Party led by Brian Pallister. The NDP has been in power since 1999 first under Gary Doer (who later became Canadian Ambassador to the U.S.) and now Greg Selinger. However, Selinger has been in the doghouse since 2013 when he reneged on a promise to lower the provincial sales tax and would face a revolt leading to five resignations of five top cabinet ministers and a challenge to his leadership. Although Selinger survived the challenge, he is marking time.

Should Manitoba’s Tories triumph the only NDP government left in Canada will be in Alberta. After shocking the world by coming to power nearly a year ago, a drop in oil prices made their honeymoon shortlived. The NDP has fallen behind both the Tories and the Wildrose Party in the polls. While Rachel Notley could benefit in a split in the conservative vote, Albertans will probably decide that four years of socialism is plenty.

While Brad Wall vs. Justin Trudeau would be an exciting match up it would only happen if the unilingual Wall learns French and he has publicly denied taking French lessons. Let’s see if Wall learns the words to “Alouette”.

 

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