Odds and Ends
"I want to talk to you about what you're doing for the Liberal Party," he told his followers. "I want to talk to you about how important it is that between now and Jan. 23, some 10 days from now, we put out every single hour of the day to make sure that the Liberal Party comes forth."I'm going to assume Gloria Galloway misunderstood Martin. What he actually said was "we put out every single hour of the day to make sure that the Liberal Party comes fourth." The way this campaign has gone, finishing ahead of the Green Party has become the new target.
-Andrew Coyne's Mole Poll has closed and the winner is...Scott Feschuck. Scott always did seem too funny to be one of the kool aid drinkers so this is hardly surprising.
-Speaking of Coyne, he shows us various seat projections today:
UBC Election Market (latest): Fascists 135 Crooks 88 Commies 31 Traitors 53
LISPOP (Jan 7-10): 139-84-25-60
DemocraticSpace (Jan 15): 135-82-32-59
jord.ca (Jan 10-12 Ipsos): 144-67-37-59
Trendlines (Jan 16): 141-75-31-60
ElectionPrediction.org (Jan 15): 97-77-17-51 Too close to call: 66
Loblaw Federal Election Pool (average): 130-97-22-59
-Courtesy of a reader, comes news that Tonny Ianno isn't exactly concerned about youth voter apathy. From the U of T Varsity:
U of T students and members of student government were shocked to learn this weekend that students would no longer be able to vote on campus.
Because concerns about the legality of the special stations were first expressed by members of Liberal Tony Ianno's campaign, and not ElectionsCanada, canceling the campus stations may have had a clear political motivation. Ianno is running for re-election in Trinity-Spadina (the larger of U of T's two St. George ridings).
-What do people think about Layton's new strategy? "Vote for us, just this once, so the Liberals can renew themselves." It's certainly different and it might just work since I don't think we're going to see the same stampede back to the Liberals from soft NDP voters we saw in 2004. The new NDP ads play on this theme.
-The Tories have a new ad which attacks Jack Layton. Didn't see that coming. I'm not sure that going after Layton is their best strategy, but it's a pretty funny ad.
UPDATE: Since people are discussing it in the comments, I thought I'd add the link to today's Ekos poll, which has the gap narrowing. For now, I'll assume this is just a blip, unless other pollsters start noticing this too.