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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The landscape is shifting

And I'm not just talking about the political EARTHQUAKE in Quebec, where now THREE pollsters, CROP, EKOS, and Nanos all show the NDP in either first or second place... AHEAD of even the Bloc!

No, I'm talking about the reality on the ground in local ridings. An interesting and almost unheard of phenomenon is going on... there are Liberals in our campaign offices.

No, not spies... long-time Liberals, who are showing up one after another, taking signs, putting up signs, stuffing envelopes... WORKING for the local Tory candidate.

I was briefly in the Guelph campaign office of Marty Burke, another place where this is occurring. There seems to be two major factors driving it... dislike of Michael Ignatieff, and an extreme dislike of Frank Valeriote, the local MP. (even amongst his own extended family... the Italian vote isn't rock solid Liberal anymore!!!)

I've been hearing the same story from contacts in other ridings too... where traditional Liberal voters are "crossing the floor" to support us. And you know what the number TWO comment from them is? (with Michael Ignatieff being number ONE)

They quote Mr. Harper... "It's time for a MAJORITY."

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  • At Thu Apr 21, 10:39:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Fay said…

    That is very good news. I feel safe and comfortable with Stephen Harper as Prime Minister. Lets give the Conservatives a majority and move Canada forward.

  • At Thu Apr 21, 10:49:00 a.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The N.D.P. doesn't have the people on the ground in Quebec, except for possibly three ridings. So this mainly helps the Conservatives.

  • At Thu Apr 21, 10:52:00 a.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    We'll see if you are right by Monday or Tuesday next week.This sounds too antectodal so far.(Not that you are misleading anyone but it needs to be confirmed.)

    There is no question though that some Libs are genuinely spooked by the new polls.

    While it is not unconstitutional it is unseemly to allow the Bloc to cherry pick what they like and don't like; and decide who governs Canada. It is time to stop this madness.

    The "A" card is being played led by the Red Star. This was to be expected even if the polls were to be very favourable for the Libs.It is worth pointing out that funding for this group has been dropped by the McGuinty gov't in Ontario and as a result they've had to go to the regional gov'ts for support.

  • At Thu Apr 21, 10:56:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Bruce said…

    Very surprising,given the popularity of Mr. Valeriote and teh relatively low key campaign run by Mr. Burke.

  • At Thu Apr 21, 11:06:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Bec said…

    Oh my goodness, you have no idea how wonderful it is to hear about this trend.
    Come on, Ontario, we really need you right now!

  • At Thu Apr 21, 11:24:00 a.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The next Liberal sign of any kind I see here in Kootenay Columbia will be the first.

  • At Thu Apr 21, 11:57:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    None the less Bruce, that's what's happening. (and Marty has been running an all out campaign, so much so that he's apparently thrown out his back!)

  • At Thu Apr 21, 12:00:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think the other issue is that people that want to see their children grow up in a Canada that has the same geography it did when they grew up have realized what a coalition means.
    At the least, Duceppe will probably demand any coalition government stay out of the next referendum. He's also demanding a bucket more in transfers (and the mayor of Quebec city only wants $25 billion).
    The increased transfers is the kind of wedge that could drive western separatism, and if Quebec separates, I don't see us hanging onto the maritimes.
    I expect a coalition could see a referendum going 50.1% the other way this time, and long term that could mean resurrecting Cascadia, with Ontario and the Maritimes becoming the 51st and 52nd states.

  • At Sun Apr 24, 02:30:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Top Can said…

    "The N.D.P. doesn't have the people on the ground in Quebec, except for possibly three ridings. So this mainly helps the Conservatives."

    Funny, that's what people said about the Tories in 2006. Back then, the most optimistic projections showed them winning one Quebec seat: they ended up with 10. As of now, projections show the NDP picking up at max 8 seats.

  • At Tue May 03, 06:50:00 a.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sorry to rub salt in your wound, but Frank Valeriote is STILL coming back to Ottawa, with apparently an increased majority. Looks like 'strategic' voting in this case may have worked, or there was something about Marty Burke that bothered people.


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