Thursday, September 4, 2014

People's Alliance New Brunswick

The People's Alliance New Brunswick, or PANB, is the 5th party in New Brunswick.

PANB was founded, partly, in response to proposals to sell NB Power, the local power system.

The party, nominally moderate and somewhat populist, has policies like this that reveal a bit of it's true colour.

The party's official 2014 platform includes "common sense" ideas, and many other indicators of their position on the political spectrum.

Finally, the simple vote patterns of the party - where they do well and where they do not - reveal the final piece of the puzzle.

PANB is the unofficial successor to the Confederation of Regions party.

Thus, I will treat it as such.

The Confederation of Regions was founded at around the same time, and due to many of the same reasons, as the Reform Party of Canada. The Confederation of Regions party itself, on a federal level, is older than the Reform Party, performing well (for a small party) in Western Canada in the 1984 election. The party managed 2.2% in Alberta, 1.3% in Saskatchewan, and 6.7% in Manitoba. In 1988, with it's western voters going Reform, the party had it's top showing be a 4.3% in New Brunswick. This prompted the founding of the provincial party.

CoR was, at it's core, "Anti-French". It's bilingualism stance played well to some Anglophone New Brunswickers who felt they were getting a raw deal. Not everyone was against Francophones however, as the hard right-wing policies of the party were also a main selling point.

In 1987 the PC government of Richard Hatfield fell apart in a manner so spectacular, it makes Kim Campbell look like a political genius. Taking 28.59% of the vote, the PC Party failed to win a single seat, allowing Frank McKenna's Liberals to win all 58 seats on 60.39% of the vote.

Following the aforementioned success of the CoR federally in 1988, the party set up to run provincially. Expectations were the party might take 1 or 2 seats, as the party had a few star candidates up it's sleeve. On Election night however they shocked just about everyone by taking 8 seats on 21.2% of the vote, finishing ahead of the Tories with only 3 seats on 20.7% of the vote, and thus grabbing the Official Opposition.

This map from Wikipedia, created by yours truly, show how this election was an example of a "divided right" situation

One thing the map shows is that by combining PC and CoR votes, the party wins many seats. Many seats, that is, in English New Brunswick. The CoR was an Anglophone party.

The leader of the CoR failed to get elected, and squabbles broke out between the various factions within the party. If you are interested in this period I suggest reading The Right Fight by Jacques Poitras, a book I bought to learn more about Bernard Lord (something the book is not the best for) and ended up learning far more about the CoR and Richard Hatfield (amazing resource for this) By the next election in 1995, the CoR had torn itself apart, and it failed to elect a single member.

PANB, while not the CoR, does share the same voter base. No CoR candidate has run for PANB, but I would say there is a good chance many of them will vote PANB.

So, what are the current prospects of PANB? In short, not good. The party only realistically has a shot at winning in a single riding, Fredericton-Grand Lake, where Kris Austin, the leader is running. The poll numbers I mentioned earlier however do give me a few seats beyond that, as seen in these two maps:

The ElectoMatic file for this prediction can be found here:

You'll note that this is a very "lite" version, and you will need to pick each riding winner yourself, the program is not set up to automatically indicate the winner as that's one of the most script-heavy parts of the program itself.


  1. To clarify, the ElectoMatic is set in a "neutral" position. You can change it by changing the numbers.

    Riding winners will not auto-update, Making this an ElectoNonmatic. You can change the "winner" yourself by removing and adding the yellow highlight.

    Black highlighted ridings are ones I expect to be "solid" and so coloured them in black so I know to skip them.


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  2. Using the most up-to-date candidate list, an additional riding can be won. map:

  3. First off you have obviously not done any research and are apart of the small group of people in new brunswick that like seeing the divide between languages in this province.
    PANB is not anti french, its not and never was affiliated with the cor party. Its the only party that is trying to unite both english and french together to make everything equal for everyone.
    NB has only elected the blue or red and neither partt has been able to help this province unite and make this province a good place to live. Look at the declining population over the last decade. Too many people are leaving because how this province fights with each other.

    PANB supports the french, its never has even remotely said anything otherwise. Yes we believe english and french kids should be on the same school bus going to their english and french schools...and why not! These kids will play with each other outside of school so why not go to school together. Keeping the kids seperated based on language is just reaching them that segregation is ok....this didnt work in the early and mid 1900 in the states and it will not work here.
    Yes PANB wants a united health network...again why not. Staff at both network are majority bilingual to begin with, the population of this province doe not warrent a dual system nor can the financial state of this province last much longer maintaining the two systems. So why not merge it into 1 network saving 300 million of operating costs and reinvest this into recruiting nurse doctors and social program like mental health?
    See this is just the tip of what PANB stands for, so if you can not publically put fortg the truth in your facts then dont publish articles on topics that you are not fully aware of! PANB welcomes everyone regardless of language to contact them to ask your questions and concerns and see for your self. Better yet come to a town hall meeting that is always taking place in various ridings and sit, listen and ask your questions.

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