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.

Dwight Ball

Paul Davis

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