Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Conservatives Win Big in Saskatchewan

Yesterday, Canada's most socially right-wing party - and recent scrappers of the Kelowna accord - won a by-election in northern Saskatchewan. Conservative Rob Clarke triumphed by a near-20 per cent margin in the First Nations-dominated riding of Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River.

Pundits, anticipating a Liberal win, blamed utter boredom and grief over the bleeding death of ABBA's former drummer, Ola Brunkert, for the surprising results. It is felt that both factors also resulted in the extremely diminished final voter turnout of 25 per cent.

In his particularly incendiary acceptance speech Clarke gave a sarcastic thank-you to supporters and opponents alike for "taking a chance on me." However, the rhinestone-studded pants, he later conceded, "were a little too Alberta."

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