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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Tories leading in Atlantic Provinces

A new poll, put together by Atlantic Quarterly, shows the federal Tories have taken the lead in Atlantic Canada for the first time in 17 years.

From The Chronicle Herald.

4 Comments:

  • At Tue. Jun. 27, 07:58:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous John said…

    Oh "hooray" stop my feet from dancing.

    NOW the atlantic provinces support the conservatives whoop de do. Where the hell were you during the election? Oh yeah, I remember, at the polling booth voting Liberal.

     
  • At Tue. Jun. 27, 09:35:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Luke Coughey said…

    Hey! Don't pick on the Atlantic Canadians...they are the nicest people in the country. If I could afford to, I'd move back in a heart beat.

     
  • At Tue. Jun. 27, 10:37:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Dirk said…

    Yeah! Easy on the maritimers!

    Having grown up in the maritimes, like Luke, I'll gladly confirm his statement that they're the nicest folks in Canada.

    In fairness, though, you can't blame maritimes for being a little wary of Harper this past election. Here are a few reasons:

    - Harper was a prominent member of the old Reform party, which, as a Western protest party, did not resonate well with maritimers.
    - the old Progressive Conservative party was still popular in the maritimes up until the merger, and many maritimers regarded the new Conservative party with some skepticism, given the manner in which it was formed. Also, the fact that Harper, a former Reform party member, won the leadership furthered local skepticism.
    - issues like equalization and government spending are a big deal in the maritimes, and Harper's small government, anti-equalization rhetoric from before he assumed the CPC leadership frankly scared a lot of maritimers.
    - and maritimers still remembered Harper's "culture of defeat" line. That kind of stuff is hard to work past. It's kind of like when you say something stupid to your spouse... you've got to say at least ten nice things to make up for it.

    Anyway... that maritimers are now showing support for Harper should be seen as a victory for him. Maritimers are seeing that he and his team can govern reasonably, and in the interest of maritimers. This speaks volumes -- certainly more than any number of speeches.

     
  • At Fri. Jun. 30, 02:09:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Luke Coughey said…

    Dirk,

    I must admit that this was a very eloqant response. Great job!

     

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