Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Liberals are Narrowing the Gap. Is This a Shift? I Hope So

News in the Globe this morning is that the Liberals have narrowed the gap with the Conservatives to six points. The first real dramatic shift since the campaign began.

Harper backing down from the one on one debate that his supporters saw as his throwing down the gauntlet, will no doubt further diminish his support.

The Liberals have also produced a series of post cards 'Wish you were here', that highlight 'fake lake' and the 'Clement gazebos'. Sheer waste of tax dollars.

There is an excellent piece in the Globe, written by Henry Mintzberg, Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University, in which he asks: Conserving Canada or a Conservative Canada?
We have had wave after wave of attack ads, carrying the gutter politics of the Bush-Cheney-Rove gang into Canada. At the Copenhagen conference on global warming, Canada became the laughingstock of the world. Our government has questioned personal choices about abortion but not about guns. The oil companies received huge tax cuts, and there were moves to bring in a Fox News North (to replace the CBC?). The Prime Minister has exhibited contempt for parliamentary procedure while his appointments have been embroiled in one scandal after another. This is a pattern in actions if I ever saw one, and it points to exactly the strategy a Conservative majority would pursue
A letter in the Stratford Beacon Herald is headed: Harper majority? No thanks! Well worth a read.

Another poll from Elections Meter suggests that Michael Ignatieff is beginning to win the favour of voters. And his education plan is earning some moderate respect. At least he has a viable one.

The following video is very good. Citizen activism is growing especially in the social media. I think that will help to turn things around. Let's hope so.

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