Quick comments on some of the events and issues of the past week
Polling numbers are getting interesting as a three way race is developing. It is always good for democracy when the public is engaged. The question now becomes where will the anti-Harper vote go? With three opposition parties dividing up that vote, it almost guarantees a Conservative win, although I hardly think a majority. Unless of course the anti-Harper votes move either to the Liberals or to the NDP and try to block the Tories. Watch for more talk about coalitions and the Conservatives are sure to revert back to form and talk about the dangers of a coalition government, even though they are legitimate and can work quite well.
What a surprise the Conservatives have announced new emissions targets. It must be an election year! It at least gives Harper a talk point for the eventual leadership debates, but does anyone out there think they will ever be achieved?
It is time for all of our party leaders to make sure that their respective parties pay for their travel to political events, not the taxpayer. That goes for MPs and ministers too. It is pretty easy to calculate what percentage of a trip was of a partisan nature and what portion was actually government related or parliamentary business. Let the party, riding or individual pay for the partisan portion.
The party that used to attack the Liberals for how they abused ads, the Conservatives aren’t much better at the moment. It is an election year and the ads flooding the TV should probably have the CPC logo as they aren’t much different from true election ones.
Some of the latest numbers on the Alberta election shows it was about hope and anger. Something our federal politicians should pay attention too. Hope almost always trumps fear.