December 03, 2006
Done like Dinning
Congratulations, Premier Stelmach.
With Jim Dinning and Ed Stelmach virtually tied after the first count, it came down to the second choices of Ted Morton's supporters. It wasn't much of a contest. Over 60% of them picked Stelmach, with a paltry 10% going to Dinning. (Aren't you glad you spent the last week calling those voters a bunch of extremists, Jim?)
Ed finished with almost 78,000 votes and 58% of the final total.
So the best man didn't win... but neither did the worst man. Overall, I'm feeling surprisingly at peace with this result. I'll have some thoughts on what this means for the contenters and our province soon. For now, I'll leave you with the two best summaries of the results that I heard this evening:
"Better Ed than Red."
"Ted or Ed, it's the same expression on Rod Love's face."
Update: Listen to Jim's new theme song