|smallest plurality EVER !|
(Yes the previous record holder was the provincial Liberals in BC in 1924 (31.3%).
But as my former Professor Murray Beck was often at pains to point out about "the good old days", many times the major parties chose not to run a full slate and let a nominally "independent" Liberal or Conservative candidate run instead - a independent who soon supported their party once again, after the election.
In this case, the true Liberal popular vote , at the first meeting of the legislature, was a point or two bigger than that of the PQ in 2012).
Impact on Climate Wars at election time ?
Partisanship this loose and fluid gives both sides hope in the ongoing climate wars : because the positions on the question "is the climate changing due to human activity ?" can no longer be resolved by simply counting the party with the most heads in a stable two party situation.
Politics is now very competitive in Canada with no party counting on more than a handful of their faithful to actually remain "faithful" through thick and thin.
The pro global warming vote going solid for one party could spell doom for the smaller but - until now - much more concentrated "climate denier vote"....
Weird to be commenting on my own blog post ---- but the person complaining won't comment themselves.ReplyDelete
Basically they complained that the last post involved a political party -- in a blog supposed to be devoted to science - broadly defined.
They felt the PQ story went beyond that broad limit.
I can only repeat that I only write about "political" science.
(But then I also feel - somewhat paradoxically) that ALL science is political....)