The Harper Conservatives were elected 18 months ago and still prefer to call themselves "Canada's New Government," but according to an exclusive poll by Innovative Research Group for The Hill Times, only one-fifth of Canadians agree that it's still appropriate to describe the government as "new," which is not a good thing, says a polling expert.
The poll, released last week, found that 37 per cent of Canadians think that while it was fine for the governing Conservatives to call themselves "Canada's New Government" when they were first elected, it's no longer appropriate as they have been in power now for a year-and-a-half...
Even by the party breakdown, 34 per cent of the respondents who identified themselves as Conservatives said that it was appropriate to use this title initially but not anymore and 17 per cent of the Conservatives said it was never appropriate for them to use this reference.
The best part, a supposed "strategist", the completely over-rated Conservative Tim Powers, begs to differ:
But Tim Powers, a Tory strategist disagreed. "The government is still new, thus the term, because the previous government was in place for 13 years and this one's only been there for 18 months so relatively that is new," he said.
Powers articulates the delusional, detached perspective, that can't read the most basic of optics. Open ridicule by the media, rejection by the public, and the gang that can't shoot straight continues on with a stubborness that is telling. The "new" tag was wearing thin last spring, anyone with limited powers of perception could see the emerging comical aspect, not to mention the logical ridiculousness. Let's see if this public opinion survey finally brings an end to "new".