Thursday, December 20, 2007


Lib 32
CPC 30
NDP 15
Green 12
BQ 10 (guess)

You know what this means don't you?

Well, not much except the Tories will be "going up" in the next poll...



  • Just goes to show that they can't manage improvisation. The longer they're off script the better.

    By Blogger jmnlman, at 3:13 a.m.  

  • Pretty depressing comment by a Liberal Riding President.

    Is there any hope?

    By Blogger JimTan, at 3:48 a.m.  

  • I think there's little to read into this poll that we haven't already been seeing since January 23, 2006. The Tories and Liberals are firmly in minority territory, a fact even Harper has confirmed on numerous occasions, and Canada is in for a period of minority governments.

    By Blogger Sean Cummings, at 6:03 a.m.  

  • I love the ctv headline - "Tory support plunges in wake of controversies: poll"

    I think "plunges" is a bit dramatic, but it brought a smile to my face.

    The Liberals have to keep the heat on and stay in the news in a positive way as well since avoiding sitting favours Harper in the pols. Pretty sad - governing by avoidance.

    By Blogger 900ft Jesus, at 9:02 a.m.  

  • I disagree that having a break after the plunge is good for the Cons. This is the time when family and friends gather for food and festivities and discuss the world around them. The embarrassment of Canadians over this government is very real and its going to be a subject of conversation over many turkeys.

    The real question is how can we best express our anger and frustration. Dion, Layton, or May?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:32 a.m.  

  • Jack Taliban
    Lizzie Maybe

    quite a choice from the opposition.

    DeYawn must be chomping at the bit to "bring down this government", before the next Budget.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 9:49 a.m.  

  • Only 1% undecided?Sort of dissappointed that those of us who would choose 'none of the above'weren't a higher %.But it does point out that there will be no election until 2009 regardless of all the political postureing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:57 a.m.  

  • Means one thing, no winter election. Harpocrits won't give up their Challenger jaunts and limo rides that easily. By-elections will now be called in Ontario which they are sure to lose, possibly removing a spring vote too. How much longer do we have to have separatists control the balance of power in this country?

    By Blogger player_hater, at 11:18 a.m.  

  • The media must love how much easier it is to get issues to stick to this government than it was to the Chretien government.

    You have to admit, there's absolutely nothing they could have done about the three issues that are allegedly to blame for their "plunge."

    P.S. Is it just me or are Decima polls always favourable for the Liberals?

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 11:59 a.m.  

  • This is not surprising.

    It was only going to be a matter of time before Schreiber/Mulroney took its toll on Tory numbers.

    Bali is interesting in that the government is 100% right in the position it is taking, but is hapless to find a way to sell it to voters. To be fair, it is a hard position to defend without sounding like you're giving up (admitting there's nothing Canada can do to reverse climate change isn't something most PMs probably want to face). It's almost the polar opposite of the GST, which was bad policy but good politics.

    And isotopes would have happened no matter what.

    What should be of greater concern to Conservatives is Harper's apparent reluctance to stop playing the blame game. It was good strategy to remind everyone how bad the Liberals were for the first 12 months of his mandate, but we're coming up on two years and Harper is as malicious towards the opposition as ever. It's not becoming of a prime minister. If he wants to be a PM of a majority government, he should start acting like a statesmen instead of a hack.

    By Blogger sir john a., at 12:14 p.m.  

  • greybur; I assume they just factored the undecideds in. In fact, if the Greens are at 12%, that's a sign that there are a lot of undecided voters out there, just parking their votes.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 12:32 p.m.  

  • jimtan; I'm not being pesimistic, that's just the trend.

    If you look at 2007, whenever Harper has a bad month, the parties pull into a tie. If he does well, he inches up close to 40%.

    But, really, there hasn't been a huge trend away from 35-30, and I doubt we'll see much movement until the next election. This is just the low end of Tory support.

    player-hater; Given that the opposition parties really control the election timing, if numbers like this stuck for a while, I think a winter/spring election would be more likely.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 12:37 p.m.  

  • Dion and the Liberals just might win the next election. I hope so. I didn't think it would be possible 6 months ago. But either way, we will probably end up with a minority government for a number of years, no leader has captured the imagination of Canadians.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:40 p.m.  

  • It absolutely slays me the credence political junkies put into polls. Especially polls taken when there is no election in sight.

    "Means one thing, no winter election. Harpocrits won't give up their Challenger jaunts and limo rides that easily"

    Harpocrits...what a mature attempt at humour. It really gives gravitas to the deep thinker that uses it.

    Typical 'progressive' kool-aid drinker. Mr. Harper can not call an election, the rules have been changed. It is up to the 3 Opposition parties to combine their votes on a non-confidence issue some time before the present mandate ends in 2009.

    The only reason there hasn't been an election yet is because the Opposition parties at one time or another have feared decimation.

    Keep believing the polls boys and girls. In the mean time we have adults running this country as though they have a majority!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:59 p.m.  

  • Go ahead Dion. Pull the plug, see what happens. Double-dog dare you.

    By Blogger Nastyboy, at 3:38 a.m.  

  • If this is the best the Libs can do, then they're in serious trouble.

    Once the new GST and income tax reductions kick in the New Year, people will forget all about Dion.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:47 a.m.  

  • Tax reductions so small they can't even be felt aren't exactly huge vote getters.

    The big daily/monthly expenses (rent/mortgage and groceries) are GST exempt.

    If I can afford a $2000 TV, I'm not going to be hugely grateful to Lord Harper because I'm saving $20 on it. Nor am I grateful to him for restoring a small income tax cut he took away. Since that tax cut came from the Liberals, it couldn't possibly have been worthwhile, could it, anon?

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 10:03 a.m.  

  • I believe you're mistaken. There is NO better political move than lowering a tax that everyone sees every single day, whether it adds up to something significant or not.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 12:23 p.m.  

  • Schreiber/Mulrooney could have been handled better by not having all the dithering at first about setting up a commission to investigate the scope of the committee that was going to be set up to investigate the matter.

    Bali could have been handled better by simply insisting on the necessity of cuts for all, but avoiding the whole "Well we won't bother if they're not going to" rhetoric, that's the despicable part of it. That doesn't show leadership, which is what Canadian's want, that shows pettiness.

    Isotopes might not have happened had the government listened to expert recommendations given it instead of crying out that the recommendations were liberal hacks, hiring a partisan privatization supporter over those recommendations, and then later when things turn into a crap-fest, hire a second public-privatization specialist who.. by the way, happens to be a liberal hack.

    I suppose that's one thing we can be thankful about this isotope shortage for.. it's made the conservative plan to privatize the AECL rather obvious.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:47 p.m.  

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