new democrats ascendant
It was a complete and total rout.
An interactive version of this map is available via CBC.
Before the election — please note this corrects an incorrect tally for Liberal seats in my Part 1:
|PC||21||Rodney MacDonald (premier)|
(1 seat vacant)
|NDP||31||Darrell Dexter (premier)||+11||45.26%|
Liberals have gone from “also-ran” to “official opposition party”. NDP has gone from “official opposition party” to “government”. The government itself has gone from minority to majority, majority being 27 seats. PC bled 11 seats, 12 if you count “independent” Fage who’s only independent because he was politically radioactive after his hit-and-run. Plus the vacant seat is now filled, finally.
Expect the Liberals and PC to develop an uneasy alliance in opposition to the majority NDP, and a lot of hand-wringing whether the NDP does a good job or a bad one. Also, like every single political party taking office for the first time, expect them to do a pretty good job at first, then suddenly and sharply hit a wall of some kind, whether of their own design or that of their opposition. How they handle the crisis is paramount. Setting expectations is important for holding a realistic worldview!