Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Golden Opportunity

Another poll, more confirmation that anything is possible in the next election:
A Decima poll over the holiday weekend and released to The Canadian Press on Wednesday said support for the Conservatives was at 34 per cent among decided voters, or two points lower than the level reached on election day. Nationally the Liberals were at 30 per cent, the NDP at 14 per cent and the Bloc at 11 per cent...

In Ontario, the leaderless Liberals held 41 per cent compared with 35 per cent for the Tories.

"The real point of concern for some number of Canadians seems to be whether Canada was articulating a point of view that was significantly independent from that of the (U.S. President George W.) Bush administration," Anderson said.

The idea that Harper is Bush is cementing itself in the Canadian psyche, largely because it's true. Remember in the spring when pundits were suggesting that the Liberal leadership was a race for longterm opposition leader? The truth has always been that this government has an ideological ceiling, they don't represent the majority of Canadians, and as their policies become clear this reality finds ample evidence.

When parliament reconvenes, I hope the opposition is more forceful in countering Harper's strong arm tactics. This government can't force an election with these trends. The next window for the Conservatives is the spring budget, where they can hope to buy votes with goodies. It should now be required text for any opposition MP to use the word Bush at least twice in any reference to Harper.


Scott Tribe said...

The surprise of the poll which you didnt mention is the Greens are all the way up to 10%

Devon Rowcliffe said...
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Steve V said...

This is true.

Anonymous said...

I'm not surprised by the Greens - the NDP have become increasingly "flaky" and Elizabeth May is one smart cookie with good connections. I think they'll replace the NDP - at least hopefully.