The Progressive Conservative Party rode a huge blue wave, capturing a majority government in Manitoba.
Brian Pallister and the Tories have ousted the New Democrats and Premier Greg Selinger after 16 years in office.
Tristen Field-Jones from CJOB says there was little doubt where this was going:
“A lot of the polling out there was pretty conclusive about the fact that the PCs had a significant across all of Manitoba. More importantly, the Progressive Conservatives had a substantial lead in Winnipeg, which, for the most part, has been an NDP stronghold.
He adds that issues dogged the NDP from years back:
“A lot of the frustration and angry stems from the NDP raising the provincial sales tax from 7-to-8%. Keep in mind, this happened 3 years ago. Usually some of these kinds of issues kind of come and go, but after 3 years this was still trailing NDP Leader Greg Selinger.”
The Progressive Conservatives picked up about 54% of the popular vote. It’s the biggest landslide in Manitoba in over a hundred years.