Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 12:21 pm Post subject: Lessons from 1958 - Deifenbaker approach
There are some stark similarities to the election climate from 1958 and now. The only thing missing really is the fact that Conservatives are not even mentioning the words LIBERAL ARROGANCE. I think that the "WEAK LEADER" approachh is great, but we need to continue the liberal BRAND as out of touch and most importantly, ARROGANT and having a culture of entitlement for governance....
The climate in Quebec is a bit different these days but similar to back in 1958, the NEW Liberal leader is very unpopular, coupled with the growing unpopularity of the BLOC.
The Canadian federal election of 1958 was the 24th general election in Canada's history. It was held to elect members of the Canadian House of Commons of the 24th Parliament of Canada on March 31, 1958, just nine months after the 23rd election. It transformed Prime Minister John Diefenbaker's minority into the largest ever majority government (by percentage of seats) in Canadian history and the second largest percentage of the popular vote.
Diefenbaker had called a snap election and capitalized on two factors:
* Nationally, the Liberals had just chosen a new leader, Lester Pearson, who had given an ill-advised speech in Commons that asked Diefenbaker to give power back to the Liberals without an election because of a recent economic downturn. Diefenbaker seized on the error by showing a classified Liberal document saying that the economy would face a downturn in that year. This contrasted heavily with the Liberal's 1957 campaign promises, and would make sure the "arrogant" label would remain attached to the Liberal party.
* A turnaround in Quebec: Quebec had been largely Liberal since the Conscription Crisis of 1917, but upon the resignation of former Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent, the province had no favourite son leader, as they had since 1948, and were open to new options. Diefenbaker used Quebec Premier Maurice Duplessis's Union Nationale party machine, allowing Diefenbaker's Progressive Conservatives to sweep what had been a Liberal stronghold for a generation.
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