The downward spiral for the provincial Progressive Conservatives continues. It may even be speeding up if the result of Tuesday’s byelection in St. George’s-Stephenville East is any indication.
The election of Scott Reid was the fourth victory in a row for the provincial Liberals, who are also riding high in the polls.
The win was more of a landslide with Reid widely outpolling the combined total of his two opponents.
The Liberals now have 13 MHAs sitting in the caucus — enough to be a formidable opponent for the next leader of the Tories and premier of the province for the few months leading up to the next general election.
That number will allow the Liberals under Dwight Ball to do more research and to ask more questions in the House of Assembly when — and if — the legislature opens in the fall.
The PC leadership convention is set for the weekend of Sept. 13 and that will be followed by some deep soul searching by the party, which has led this province for more than a decade.
The new Tory leader will have the nearly impossible job of convincing voters that he and his party are deserving of another term in office.
The party is low in the polls and the last four byelections clearly show the PCs — without some miracle — will almost certainly be moving across the house to sit in opposition when the votes are tallied.
Voters have shown they are tired of the Tories and the Tories appear devoid of a way to stop their political death spiral.
In this case, the numbers just don’t lie.