Axworthy camp in good spirits

Axworthy camp in good spirits

I took the last 4 days to finish off my paper.  I returned to the campaign office today to find people in an upbeat mood. 

The lastest SES poll puts the Liberals at 34% and the Conservatives at 29%. 

The latest Liberal TV commercials to air in Saskatchewan have had the cultural sensitivity to include Grant Devine.  In Saskatchewan Grant Devine is Tory vote repellant. 

Economists from the Bank of Nova Scotia and the CD Howe Institute have finally come out and said that for the Tory platform to be feasible deep and difficult cuts are needed.

The Conservatives have shot themselves in the head with their latest press release about Paul Martin supporting child porn.  It has since been retracted. 

  1. #1 by Darryl on June 19, 2004 - 5:27 am

    These polls are driving me crazy. Ipsos-Reid has the Liberals at their lowest point at the same time SES has them in the lead:

    Heading into the last nine days of the campaign, the Conservative Party holds a slight advantage as Liberal support hits its lowest since the election was called, according to new poll.

    And a seat projection shows that the Tories are still on track for a minority government, with the Bloc still holding kingmaker status.

    The Ipsos-Reid poll, for The Globe and Mail and CTV, gives the Conservative Party an unchanged 32 per cent support among decided voters, compared with 29 per cent for the Liberals (down 2 points).

  2. #2 by Marie on June 21, 2004 - 12:53 pm

    I’m not defending the Tory’s ad, but I’m surprised to hear this rebuke coming from a Liberal supporter when Liberals are running ads with questionable truth. The ad you speak of is in poor taste (featuring Mulroney and Devine…incidently, they actually have their facts wrong on Mulroney in the ad…could have gotten to the same point with the truth, but they didn’t even try)…and the ad featuring the gun and eventual spoke has sealed the deal for me… I will not and cannot vote for the Liberal party…try though I may to put various issues/scandals that they are embroiled in the past.

    Go ahead and paint Harper and the Conservatives as scarey…they are not as scarey as they alternative.

  3. #3 by Marie on June 21, 2004 - 12:55 pm

    Sorry…couple of typos above…

    the ad with the gun and eventual spoke should read eventual smoke.

    also, the last line should read…they are not as scarey as the alternative (not they).

  4. #4 by Leighton Tebay on June 21, 2004 - 2:34 pm


    I’ll fully admit that the Liberal ad with the air craft carrier and the gun was dishonest. So was the Conservative ad with the dump truck. The total amount of money missing from the Sponsorship Scandal will likely come in around 20 million. 250 million is the entire cost the program. HRDC Billion dollar boondoggle – when the dust settled it was 85 000 dollars. Harper said economists backed his numbers when they didn’t.

    I don’t like the rhetoric and spin in politics but I expect it.

    I haven’t seen the Devine ad, but from what I saw of the Mulroney/Harris ad it was very accurate.

    I expect parties to spin numbers and facts, I don’t expect them to launch unfounded personal attacks on people. Particularly in the wake of related tragic events in the media.

    I’m voting Liberal because I don’t find the Harper agenda of tax cuts and military spending compelling. After years of cuts and tax breaks we need to reinvest, particularly in cities, education and innovation. We need to keep paying down the debt. I don’t think Harper is scary at all. I just don’t agree with what he is going to do and I don’t trust him anymore than any other politician.

  5. #5 by Marie on June 22, 2004 - 10:10 am

    Concerning Harper’s tax cuts…I have some faith that spending can be controlled to make this work…it is unreal how big government has grown, and I, for one, would like to see it quit doing so.

    As for tax cuts…hmmm, it would appear than 40% of my paycheck goes to the government between federal and provincial taxes, cpp (which I may never see) and employment insurance (which apparently is overfunds, and I may or maynot ever use…haven’t so far)…it’s hard to swallow…I do believe that some tax relief is due, that health care needs to be worked on, that we do need to spend a bit more in defence (I probably wouldn’t go so far as Harper though), and I believe this can all be accomodated if we don’t keep growing government departments…tis but one girl’s opinion!

  6. #6 by Marie on June 22, 2004 - 10:17 am

    two more points…

    – i don’t believe it is fair to say that the economists are not behind harper’s numbers…some are and some have voiced some reservations indicating the needs of government spending control…that doesn’t make them un-do-able…if you have a link to something more concrete here (more that rhetoric or hear-say…that would be appreciated…because everytime I’ve dug into those issues, I’ve found a significant Liberal spin putting words in economists mouths…much like many a pastor who use the verse they want from the Bible to make their point but leave out the verses around it and the context!)

    – second point is on your comment about the need to reinvest in innovation…i work in innovation and would say it is doing just fine…and heavily subsidized by government…based on our SRED returns, I would say that it would be unfair to throw more money that way!

  7. #7 by Leighton Tebay on June 22, 2004 - 7:00 pm


    There are two links in my post. They aren’t Liberal spin.

    We just had a huge tax cut. There are people on the right that will never stop cutting taxes because government is too big. Then there are others who think government never spends enough. The truth is the size of the government in relationship to the GDP of the country is very reasonable. The reason why spending has increased so much is because so much was cut out of the system before.

    One of the reasons we have high taxes is because a significant portion of those taxes goes to paying interest and principle on a $500 billion dollar federal debt. Most of which accumulated in the Mulroney years. $35 billion in interest payments + $5-10 billion in debt paydown is the noose around our neck.

    The bottom line is the Liberal plan is built to handle any shocks in the economy and not go in to deficit. The Conservative plan is considered doable, but only with major cuts. There is very little margin for error. We need that margin for error and lots of room for debt reduction.

    I for one trust someone who has a proven record on fiscal prudence, debt reduction, and a healthy economy. I don’t trust Conservative governments who have proven themselves deficient in this area. They were right about Free Trade and that is about it.

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