‘They’re really riled up here’: Conservatives circling Goodale’s lone Liberal seat in Saskatchewan
‘The numbers are holding very closely to what they were last time. It all depends on turnout,’ says Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, the 31-year House MP.
Conservatives from across the Prairies are working to try to unseat longtime Liberal MP Ralph Goodale in Regina-Wascana, Sask., where a local columnist says anger towards Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the carbon tax has reached a boiling point.
“It’s a pretty hostile campaign,” said Murray Mandryk, a columnist for The Regina Leader Post who has covered politics in Saskatchewan for almost 40 years.
“They’re really riled up here, so to speak. The anger over things like the carbon tax is kind of Alberta-like,” said Mr. Mandryk, who lives a few blocks away from the boundaries of Regina-Wascana.
Mr. Goodale, 70, who has served as Mr. Trudeau’s public safety minister, has won eight consecutive elections in Regina-Wascana. He has represented the area since 1993, and has been the only Liberal MP in the province since 2007. Mr. Goodale was first elected in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan in 1974 as part of Pierre Trudeau’s government. He lost the next three federal elections, and served as a Liberal MLA and the party’s provincial leader between 1981 and 1988, before winning his federal seat in Regina-Wascana in 1993. In 2015, Mr. Goodale won with 55 per cent of the vote, easily defeating the Conservative runner-up, Michael Kram, who had 30 per cent support. The 2011 election was closer: Mr. Goodale won 41 per cent of the vote, narrowly defeating Conservative runner-up Ian Shields, who had 37 per cent support.
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