Liberals win, Axworthy loses, life goes on


Liberals win, Axworthy loses, life goes on


I’m pretty happy tonight.  A couple of good things happened.  The Conservatives didn’t win.  The Liberals have a strong minority.  Jim Pankiw, a embarrassment to Saskatoon, lost.  Pretty much every party at the national level can look at a bright side.  The Conservatives increased their share of seats.  The Bloc goes to record highs.  The NDP hold the balance of power.  The Liberals won a strong minority, when it looked like they were going to lose.  For the Conservatives to win they have to cleanse themselves of the extreme elements of their party.  They have to really move to the centre as a party. 

Despite doubling the vote Axworthy lost.  We needed to solidly win the city, but the NDP vote remained fairly strong and the north end of Saskatoon was split.  In the city we were probably up about 1 percent, but then the rural polls came in and that was the end.  The campaign staff took it pretty hard.  In my eyes they did really well even though they were very young.  They built an organization out of nothing. 

Vellacott, the conservative candidate was complaining about a “dirty” Liberal campaign.  I disagreed very strongly with an attack brochure that went out, but what it said was true as far as I could tell.  I honestly think we could have won if we and the national campaign had stressed more of Paul Martin’s strengths.  We spent some time with trying to entice NDP voters to vote strategically.  They didn’t, and if they had we might have won.  What is done is done, and I thought our campaign manager did very well considering his age and experience.  I imagine we will see more of Ryan Androsoff.

I have a lot of reflections to share about the whole experience.  They will be coming soon.

  1. #1 by Justin Baeder on June 28, 2004 - 11:34 pm

    Congrats on finishing out your first campaign. Think you’ll do it again?

  2. #2 by Leighton Tebay on June 29, 2004 - 8:29 pm

    Justin:

    Yes I would. I think I have the bug. Politics is an arena where leadership means leading, not just managing. I’m attracted to that. There is a lot of complex strategy which appeals to me. It is fun. By working with people towards a common purpose you make great friendships. It can be very rewarding.

  3. #3 by lylem on June 29, 2004 - 11:18 pm

    Personally, I am a little disappointed in Saskatchewan. This is the birth place of Healthcare, The NDP and Tommy Douglas. I guess I will call it Alberta-Envy.

    Saskatchewan had 1 seat go to the left of right. There was a time when people in Saskatchewan looked out for each other and did things for the greater common good. I could go sour grapes for ever, but the election is over. It just disappoints me in how people have changed. Maybe we need the dirty 30′s again….

    On another note. Congrats to Paul Martin. You have a chance to clean up your team and get them in the next election (in 2 years:-) ).

    I also think Kerry is going to win in the US, so it will be nice to have a the US president and the PM get along again. It has been a hard 4 years.

  4. #4 by lylem on June 29, 2004 - 11:21 pm

    Oh yes. The Green Party got their 4.3%. That means 1 million per year for them. Good for them. That is probably bad news for the NDP and Liberals….

  5. #5 by Darryl on July 1, 2004 - 8:07 pm

    LT, tell me you didn’t post this comment at Becky’s site:

    “On issues like

    Abortion, Gay Marriage…Harper fell for Bush’s crap…”

    Please tell me you didn’t post that!

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