Vote Strategically

So, the federal election campaign has suddenly got interesting.

To some extent it’s about competing polls. One surveying the national and province-by-province mood of voters was done by the polling firm Ekos for LaPresse newspaper in Montreal. The results were released just in time for the French language leaders’ debate this week. It polled 2,343 people for their voting intentions. The results are considered accurate 19 times out of 20, to within two percentage points, according to news reports. Continue reading

Conservative Crime Bill

Nobody can accuse me of not having a sense of humour. It’s a bit on the dark side, I must admit. Like, I sometimes get a laugh out of things that really aren’t very funny, or so some people might think.

For example, Canada’s Conservative government, newly re-elected a few months ago with a majority government despite getting just 40 percent of the popular vote, now has the numbers in Parliament to do pretty well whatever it wants. And all it took was one day of the new session of Parliament to demonstrate that the Harper government is out of touch with the real pressing issues this country and its people are facing. Continue reading

Conservative Government: Minority or Majority?

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then someone in the Larry Miller re-election campaign might want to hurry on over to Shallow Lake, take a photo, and send it off to Conservative Party of Canada election campaign national headquarters as a striking illustration of just how well things appear to be going for the Conservatives in this part of rural Ontario: it’s just one Miller/Conservative sign after another, just like it was in the last federal campaign. Continue reading

Teens Thrown Out of Harper Campaign Event

There is a God. Just when it looked like a sufficient number of Canadian voters – albeit maybe only a little more than 40 percent of them – were getting ready to give Stephen Harper and his Conservatives the majority he so badly wants and, thus, a virtual one-man, “Harper Government” dictatorship for at least four years, fate and the Great Minds running his campaign have managed to shoot themselves in the foot. Continue reading

Media Interviews to be Pre-approved by the Minister

This is the latest in my “It boggles the mind” series. I’d like to give the federal Conservatives a break, I really would. There are other things to write about, and I wouldn’t want anyone to think I’ve got some insatiable bone to pick with these guys, from our Own Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa. Continue reading

What’s it all about Stephen?

The good news is Stephen Harper did not win a majority. The bad news is we may never know what scary things were lurking behind the carefully wrapped and controlled Conservative campaign, from Harper’s new, warm and fuzzy blue-sweater image, to the national-stage muzzling of just about everyone else in the one-man show masquerading as a political party. Continue reading