Thursday, March 01, 2007

Mid-Week Musings

1. Paul Hellyer has proven himself to, yet again, be a man of ideas. His solution for global warming? Use alien technology. Had he simply brought up this idea a year ago, I think the Draft Paul Hellyer campaign would have been a lot more successful.

2. Speaking of Kyoto solutions which will never ever happen in a million years, Toby Heaps (who crown Mulroney the greenest PM) has proposed his Kyoto plan which includes, among other things, a 10 cent gas tax. The article also mentions how the Liberals are now considering a carbon tax.

3. Cerberus is back! And he's got a good run down on the political landscape in Ontario as we build up to their fall election.

4. It ain't quite Vote Out Anders, but I thought I'd send some props to the David Sweet Watch.

5. I'm sure you all saw it already on Wells site, but Hill and Knowlton has a very flawed, but very fun, seat predictor for the Quebec election up on their site.

6. There's a new Decima Poll out which will certainly tempt Harper to go for a spring election. Tories up 36-27, including a sizeable lead in Ontario.

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  • From CBC:

    In an average of the last three weekly polls, the Conservatives have 33 per cent, the Liberals 30 per cent, the NDP 14 per cent, the Bloc nine per cent and the Greens 11 per cent.

    I can live with us averaging our 2006 election result and the Toires averaging 3 points below. Cause for concern yes but not time to panic.

    The NDO must be shaking in their boots with the greens catching them and having puppets lead press conferences.

    By Blogger CH2, at 3:50 PM  

  • When talking to Liberal friends and relatives about the Liberal leadership race, I said I thought Dion was the best of the bunch, unimpressive as they were.
    Dion has turned out to be a small disaster. Of course the Liberals dropped in the polls after Chretien won the leadership and they went on to do quite well.
    The difference this time is that Dion made the environment the big issue and it turns out Canadians see him as the Pat Boone of the green movement and Elizabeth May as the Little Richard of the green movement. Why settle for the pale imitation?

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 5:26 PM  

  • Maybe Hellyer has it wrong: maybe it's the aliens who are causing global warming :)

    By Blogger Paul, at 7:24 PM  

  • The sizable lead in Ontario is due to his support for the Maple Leafs.

    If the Leafs don't make the playoffs, the visual image of Harper and son attending hockey games will quickly disappear from the radar.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 8:10 PM  

  • "Maybe Hellyer has it wrong: maybe it's the aliens who are causing global warming :) "

    So that explains the melting polar ice on Mars.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 8:32 PM  

  • I really liked Dion - ended up finally at the end of the race for Rae, but was very happy with Dion/Kennedy/MHF.

    Today I'd say, he has proved a disaster so far, yes. But, Harper bit it in Opposition. You never know. There is a chance he's slid too far, but - anyone can come back. Anyone.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 9:56 PM  

  • To ch2:

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but you and my other Liberal friends should check out the latest poll from Angus Reid. It has the Conservatives ahead 40% to 26% (NDP 14%, BQ 10%, Greens 8%).

    By Blogger Brian in Calgary, at 10:47 PM  

  • Dion’s ratings will go lower before it can recover. Dion is a hard sell and he isn’t making it easier.

    The fight will be to hold Ontario. In Quebec, the Sponsorship Scandal is fading and there’s opportunity there. That’s why Gerard Kennedy was the worst choice as party leader.

    Dion is going for the leftie and Green votes. It’s a safe strategy as long as he can hold the center and Ontario. At the very least, he will deny Harper a majority.

    In order to hold the center, he has to pass the cost of Kyoto compliance to the top 25% taxpayers. However, this will have an effect on the donor base and the ability to fight an election.

    Dion has yet to show that he has the ability to execute this deal. And, the Liberal Party won’t be ready for an election for quite a while.

    Dion is keeping pressure on Harper with the Rodriguez Bill. However, Harper is going to ignore it. So, the pressure is on Dion to pull the trigger?

    It’s going to be interesting. There will be a lot more fundraising appeals.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 12:41 AM  

  • It can't truly work, I believe like this.

    By Anonymous, at 3:11 AM  

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