Libs 30% Cons 28%

Libs 30% Cons 28%

For all that I hear about how bad this corruption scandal is it may not be enough to bring the Conservatives in to power.  The Liberals could probably use time in opposition to cleanse themselves of their sins but when it comes right down to it people need a credible alternative to switch to.  Increasingly we are seeing that Stephen Harper is not it.

The way Harper has handled the last week showed me that he is just as desperate for power as Paul Martin.  His “deal withe devil” rhetoric would have appealed to his base.  The rest of Canada would have looked at the deal with NDP and thought “less money for corporations and more for housing, foreign aid and post-secondary education, how EVIL!”  Unfortunately for the Conservatives the NDP deal forced the Cons to ally solely with the Bloc.  That looks evil enough without anybody saying anything.  

Increasingly the choice for Canadians is  to punnish the current government for something the last government did or helping separatists. 

  1. #1 by Darryl on April 29, 2005 - 10:01 am

    The ball is still in play. If Harper has learned anything from last time it might be a tough race.

    Did Martin align with Layton to stay in power longer or to try to get Harper to call an election sooner? Who knows, but an early election probably plays to Martin’s advantage. He certainly forced Harper to play his hand.

    Will Harper try to lose his motion to topple the government, knowing that waiting will work to his advantage? Maybe if he’s smart.

    Anything could happen at this point, but I have this feeling we could be repeating the last election.

  2. #2 by Jordon Cooper on April 29, 2005 - 2:55 pm

    All politicians are desparate for power sadly.

  3. #3 by Clinton on April 30, 2005 - 6:44 pm

    Of course, it’s the Liberals fault the separatists are surging in Quebec.

  4. #4 by Andrew on May 3, 2005 - 2:05 pm

    Maybe I’m out to lunch, but I’d say Harper is the *only* credible alternative. If Canadians re-elect the Liberals again, I’ll be so disheartened at Canadian apathy… But, I fear that Martin’s “hidden agenda” nonsense will work once again to dissuade the voting public from even attempting an alternative to the Liberal dynasty.

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