Thursday, July 26, 2007

And the winner is...

In a surprising first ballot victory, out of 7 contenders, Louis Robichaud managed to win 51% of the vote and capture the title of New Brunswick's Best Premier. He will now advance to face 9 others in Calgary Grit's poll for Canada's Best Premier.

The voting was light at first but took off and in the end we had 133 votes cast; considerably less than the 301 in the preliminary qualifying round but it was for a shorter voting period due to my anticipation that we would have to go multiple rounds.

The race began as a bit of a heat between Robichaud and Frank McKenna but by day two, Robichaud had roared into a commanding lead. Over the course of day two and into today, Bernard Lord made a surprising surge ending up in second place.

The final results were:

1. Robichaud 51% (68 votes)
2. Lord 21% (28 votes)
3. McKenna 15% (20 votes)
4. Hatfield 11% (14 votes)
5. Flemming 2% (2 votes)
6. Tilley 1% (1 vote)
7. Fisher 0% (nil)

21 comments:

calgarygrit said...

Interesting choice since McKenna and Lord obviously have a lot more name recognition. But Robichaud seems to have a solid bio behind him.

nbpolitico said...

He is kind of the Jean Lesage of New Brunswick, dragged us kicking and screaming into the 20th century, despite the fact it was already 1960 when he took office.

Anonymous said...

I still believe Lord visits your blog. He figured out how to vote multiple times - 28 times to be exact.

Bernard Lord said...

I demand a recount!

Anonymous said...

maybe you should... he might start crying.

nbpolitico said...

Now now Lord hasn't cried in public since 2001 ;)

Anonymous said...

nbpolitico, check out following site. The picture was taken last year. He was crying.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/lord-bernard/

NB taxpayer said...

All the anti-Lord rhetoric from you and other liberal bloggers must have swayed the vote, no? ;-)

I can see why they don't allow anybody to electioneer on voting day or canvass near the polling stations!!

Anonymous said...

nbtaxpayer,

I can understand Tories wanting to support one of their own, but Lord? He was hardly a success: Orimulsion, shadow tolls, deficits, and almost became a one-term Premier.

Someone like Hatfield or Flemming, in my opinion, would have been a more worthy candidate from the PC Party.

Anonymous said...

and actually on the Ontario vote Mike Harris is at top even though that's a Liblog -- I think if there really was the support for Lord, we would have seen it.

NB taxpayer said...

I can understand Tories wanting to support one of their own, but Lord? He was hardly a success: Orimulsion, shadow tolls, deficits, and almost became a one-term Premier.

Who says I'm a Tory??? To be honest, I think Lord found it difficult to lead in a government dependent province. Yes, he could have done quite a few things differently, however, tories have never been as good as Liberals (federally or provincially) at completely lying to the people, spending their money, striking useless task forces and paying off their partisan supporters. A practice that is still rampant in this province and needs cleaned up. If not, this province will continue to go nowhere under the great pressure of pandering corprate welfare hacks and political friendly firms. No way to run an economy.

Oh btw, as bad as you claim Lord is, I think most of your comments are made in envy because you know that every Liberal in this province (aside from conservative Frank McKenna) has and will never go as far as him politically.

Stayed tunned fellas, you haven't heard the last from him, especially federally.

Bernard Lord said...

I am Bernard Lord and I approve of the commentary above by my favourite NB Taxpayer.

Anonymous said...

well, well, well that crook from Kent won, I think if we look at anything that louis did it was most likly the wrong thing; equal opertunity the NB flag, burning churchs along the St. John river, causing the anglo/franco devide and other great feats of Political Mastery well then yes he should get the vote. Oh and don't forget raising shawn graham what a great job he did there!

Anonymous said...

NBTAXPAYER said, "Stayed (sic) tunned fellas, you haven't heard the last from him, especially federally. " (referring to Lord)

Oh, dear God, save us from this do-nothing politician. Maybe we haven't heard the last, and I have heard his name mentioned by others as an alternative to the dislikable Stephen Harper, but I'm thinking it is up to us NBer's to worn the rest of the country of Lord's incompetence.

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:35 AM. I could not agree more. The man is totally incompetent.

NB taxpayer said...

Anon 11:28 AM, I think the only incompetent one is you since you can't even tell time. ;-)

Anonymous said...

12:01 PM Anon, touché!
What you expect. I was thinking of Lord.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone figured out what Lord's legacy is yet?

Anonymous said...

It will require major microscopic research & looking to find Lord's legacy. Lot of screw-ups though.

northern nb said...

Like nbpolitico said, New Brunswick really entered 20th century with Robichaud. The best Premier for sure.

Anonymous said...

After the mess that McKenna made of education, healthcare and the economy with his call center dealsi can't understand why NB people still like him.