Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams made his point with his ABC (anybody but Conservatives)campaign: Conservative were shutout in Newfoundland and Labrador’s seven ridings, as the federal Tories lost all three seats they had held.
The Conservative vote all but vanished in that province, falling from 43 per cent in 2006 to less than 17 per cent yesterday. Apparently, many Conservative voters stayed at home—Newfoundland and Labrador had the lowest voter turnout in the country, with only 48.1 per cent.
“Newfoundlanders have opted to not participate in the federal government. We haven’t done anything like that since 1933 when we gave up our right to self-government in Newfoundland,” said Craig Westcott, a journalist who represented the Conservatives in St. John’s East.
Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec are the two most self-serving provinces in our federation. These two always have their hands out for more from the other provinces to bolster their own economies. And every time things don’t go their own selfish way, they respond by sulking and whining.
You can be sure that this latest childish display of pique on the part of Danny Williams and the voters of Newfoundland and Labrador will not be without serious repercussions.