A fallible process?

June 1, 2017   ·   0 Comments

WE SUSPECT THAT A LOT of Canadians, and not just the signed-up members of the Conservative Party, were surprised at the outcome of last Saturday’s leadership contest.

We wonder how much the victory of seeming longshot Andrew Scheer could be attributed to the process adopted, which involved voters ranking all 13 candidates and officials gradually eliminating those with lower rankings until one of the candidates had more than 50 per cent of the votes.

In the circumstances, the process appeared to favour candidates who had succeeded in not upsetting any of the potential voters.

That being the case, it may well be that Mr. Sheer’s sunny disposition and support from within the party caucus may have been key to his victory.

But how could it be that Mr. Bernier, who seemed to run the strongest campaign and had spelled out a pretty detailed platform, eventually lost out to someone whom pundits never seemed to see as having a chance?

We’ll never know, but maybe some of the voters were turned off by the Bernier promise that his government would get out of the health care field, leaving the provinces open to privatizing or otherwise gutting medicare.

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