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Labrador speaks – and rejects Conservative tactics

Prime Minister Harper called Peter Penashue the greatest MP representative Labrador has ever had. Cabinet Ministers went into that riding (though notably not Harper) declaring that a re-elected Penashue would continue to give Labrador influence – while darkly hinting a Liberal win would not.

Labrador voters rejected those claims, as well as Penashue:

Penashue quit his cabinet post and his job as MP in March after it was revealed the Conservative party had reimbursed the federal government more than $40,000, the value of ineligible contributions accepted by his campaign in the 2011 election…After his resignation, fellow Conservative MPs declared he was a “great representative” that had delivered for his constituents. But voters in Labrador proved not so enthusiastic Monday.

The official vote tally from Elections Canada showed Liberal Yvonne Jones won with over 48% of the vote. There was 59.5% turnout  – which for a byelection seems pretty high to me. It appears voters wanted their voices to be heard, and Harper’s Conservatives have heard it. Will they listen? Unlikely.





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