PCs lose moral authority to govern: MUN prof
As of last Tuesday night, the Progressive Conservative government has lost seven straight byelections — six in formerly solid Tory seats.
This leaves the party with precious little democratic credibility, according to MUN political science professor Kelly Blidook.
“I think that most people looking at this would say they’ve lost the moral authority to govern,” Blidook said Wednesday, reacting to the two byelections this week.
“I think that at this point, Premier (Paul) Davis and the Progressive Conservatives really only maintain a legal authority to govern. I mean, in the legal sense, they’re not breaking any laws.”
The districts of Trinity-Bay de Verde and Humber East were strongly Progressive Conservative seats in the last general election.
In 2011, Tom Marshall won his seat with 78 per cent of the vote. On Tuesday night, Marshall’s former staffer Lary Wells received only 36 per cent of the vote - 20 percentage points behind the Liberals.
The blowout was even bigger in Trinity-Bay de Verde. In that district the Tory candidate received less than 30 per cent of the vote.