Premier Danielle Smith sure got more than a few people up in arms when she said she would continue to seek advice from some of the Edmonton UCP candidates who were defeated in Tuesday’s election.
The “council of defeated” was what it’s being called. (Which sounds like the name of the third Joy Division album, had Joy Division been able to put out a third album).
But, in talking to 630 CHED she said something that we all have to admit is… true.
“Some got a lot closer than I think anybody ever would have expected.”
Being a talk-radio veteran, Smith sure knew how to get a point across: And she wanted to sell that, despite losing all 20 seats within Edmonton’s borders, the UCP could take positives away from their performance in the election, where they swept across the rural ridings and held just enough of Calgary to form a majority government.
Yet, the numbers back it up. Despite going 0-20, the Tories overperformed in Edmonton, based on some pretty low expectations. Going into the vote, no one would have predictied any sort of success in the New Democratic bastion of Edmonton.
But, when the analysts drill down the numbers, they will find that, despite being shut out, there were a lot of Tory candidates — who, let’s face it, were set out by the party to be cannon fodder — who overperformed.
Of the 20 ridings, six saw the Tories earn about the same percentage of votes as they did in 2019; that is, they stayed within one percentage point of the previous election’s results. In five more ridings, the Tories’ share of the vote increased.