Walter Noel, Liberal candidate in St. John's East:
Electing an NDP [sic] could deprive the Liberals of enough seats to beat Stephen Harper. Voting NDP could give the socialists the balance of power in Parliament, the ability to wreck our economy.
Walter didn't always think that way.
Well, at least not in 1974.
Noel ran for the "socialists" in the old riding of St. John's West, coming in third with about 3400 votes. Walter Carter took the seat for the Progressive Conservatives. Lillian Bouzane came in second for the Liberals.
S. Carey Skinner polled 143 votes for the Social Credit Party.
Will "aging granola" Ryan Cleary do better than Walter did 34 years ago?