“I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.” - Franklin D Roosevelt
Just hours before the Globe and Mail debates on the economy, a story surfaced suggesting that Justin Trudeau was in trouble in Papineau. It started out as "may be" but then quickly changed to "is"' as the results of a poll were released.
This sampling suggested that Trudeau's NDP opponent, Anne Legace Dowson (shown above), was 11 points ahead, worrisome if it were true, but it wasn't. Turns out that it was the NDP who commissioned the poll of 375 people, and that 86% of those they contacted, were NDP supporters.
We can certainly understand the party's deception, but why would the media go along?
Canada's polling industry is now worried that this fraudulent survey, that garnered such sensational headlines, will further damage their reputation. It was clearly used to throw Justin Trudeau off his game. His anger did show through, and at times he appeared frantic, that evening, but was still able to get his points across, and the Globe and Mail gave him the win for the best economic vision.
What was supposed to drive voters away from the Liberal Party, and to the NDP, backfired, and they may have lost support from both pollsters and the press, who are less than thrilled that they were dragged down with them.
So Who is This "Star" Candidate?
In 2008, Anne Legace Dowson was introduced to the voting public, by way of a spread published in a Quebec newspaper. In it she compared herself to Barack Obama, and according to the paper, everyone thought of her as “the Oprah of Quebec”.
However, one letter to the editor, questioned this, given that they had never even heard of her "until the media pumped her up".
I was born and bred in Montreal and consider myself pretty well up to date on who’s who in this city…. but I’ve never heard of this Anne Lagace Dowson until yesterday. That was the day the Montreal Gazette wrote a huge half page story about her nomination.
Today’s supper time local news on ALL the networks had wide coverage of her……it seems like they are trying to make her into the winner before the by-election date has even been set.
She has a radio show on the local CBC station. I think that explains why I’ve never heard of her. CBC english radio usually pulls in between 4 and 8 percent of the english speaking audience….in other words between 92 and 96% of anglo Montrealers NEVER listen to it..!!!!Legace Dowson was running against Marc Garneau in Westmount, and with the media hype, the prediction was a tight Liberal/NDP race. However, although outspending Garneau, the results were much different than anticipated.
She didn't compete in 2011, instead focusing on local politics. In 2014 she ran for the seat of commissioner for the English school board. It was an important election, since the very existence of school boards was on the line. The minister of education made it clear, that if there wasn't more voter interest, he would pull the plug on them.
Legace Dowson led a team of ten, against her opponent's ten, representing the wards in the school board district. She only managed success in two of the ten, one after a recount, by a handful of votes. She claimed that there was election tampering, though her arguments were weak.
In fact, one of her people actually misrepresented themselves, to obtain voter information, and the police had to be called. It was crazy. The unnecessary drama and feeble campaigning, that garnered just 20% support, hardly makes her a star. At least not in any galaxy I know of.
Given this desperate attempt to make her look better than she is, and more popular than she is; we can only conclude that the NDP are aware of this. If she can't even come close in a school board election .....
On the bright side. Quebecor knows who she is. That's something I guess.
Justin Trudeau Forges Tight Alliances
While both the Conservatives and NDP have been relentlessly attacking Trudeau, a strange phenomenon has occurred. Instead of Thomas Mulcair presenting himself as an alternative to Harper, he now appears to be an ally.
Both are committed to balanced budgets, as unrealistic as that is, and both are now committed to the F-35s, simply because Trudeau has promised to scrap them. This puts him with progressives, who also want the procurement stopped, as do many members of the Canadian military, including General Leslie.
Yes, the NDP will argue that Mulcair only wants a better bidding process, but the headlines of Mulcair and Harper opposing Trudeau's stance, make the two appear as comrades in arms. Not what either of them want, though it will not harm Harper as much as Mulcair.
In trying so hard to discredit the Liberal leader, the NDP have failed to give the voting public a reason to support them. Their platform is weak and financial plan seriously flawed. They produced a nice glossy folder with nothing in it, but gobblygook.
They had hoped to ride the C-51 bus to Election Day, but the wheels fell off. Hope they at least turned off the engine.
Trudeau's strategy, once thought dangerous, has proven to be brilliant. He has set himself apart from Harper and Mulcair, by claiming that deficits are Ok, F-35s aren't and high income earners should pay more taxes, so that everyone else can pay less.
He is being judged by the enemies he has made, as Roosevelt opined, and those enemies are looking more like a united front, than competition against each other for the prime minister's job.
So who's "not ready" now?