So with one week to go where do we stand with one of Canada’s longest elections?
Stephen Harper clearly will not enjoy another majority which has many Canadians rejoicing. Scandal after scandal has plagued his government, but most simply have grown tired of the politics of fear mongering and threats. As my mentor Keith Beardsley once shared, you don’t want to be caught in “the splash”, which is a lesson that Mr. Harper’s team clearly have missed.
Were the Niqab’s really an election issue? Is the TPP the final straw for most Canadians? Even our US friends are having qualms about it.
Thomas Mulcair somehow lost his footing near the end of the race. It’s boggling and clearly shows that actual leadership really isn’t a factor in voters minds. His position on C 51 and TPP were clear and decisive, yet the public and media seem more captivated by the promises of Justin Trudeau. Mulcair will be the King maker in this election. If he survives he’s going to have to elevate his game for the next election and maybe, just maybe lose the beard.
Justin Trudeau has not run a good campaign. Bear traps and holes, but once he started making promises that he most likely will not be able to keep, the forces that have had enough of Harper have chosen him over Mulcair to be PM. He will have led his party to a truly amazing turn of events between the last election and this one which he deserves kudos for. The problem, if elected, is how to make any of his promises stick, especially since they counter Mulcair’s positions. Can they make that marriage work for more than a year without calling another election?
Final 2015 Canadian Federal Election Poll - Who will you vote for? ENDS OCT 18th
- Stephen Harper - Conservative (53%, 78 Votes)
- Justin Trudeau - Liberal (29%, 43 Votes)
- Other/Destroyed Ballot (9%, 14 Votes)
- Thomas Mulcair - NDP (9%, 13 Votes)
Total Voters: 148
Locally here in SD&SG who to vote for becomes an even bigger conundrum. With polls showing Conservative incumbent Guy Lauzon winning a strong majority the ABC movement had a challenge.
Bernadette Clement ran a weak campaign highlighted by the strange tactic of trying to flip the Chem tank scandal in her city into a Federal issue when it clearly was a Municipal government cover up that she was and still is a part of?
That’s bewildering. She talks of change, but essentially has been a clone of Lauzon refusing to wade into any important subject in her city and had the judgement to take a pic with fellow councilor Brock Frost who is under criminal investigation.
Patrick (Veggie) Burger has run a limp campaign. Clearly not a public speaker the teacher prattles party lines and has the character of a wet no name paper towel. Long time local dippers have actually switched to the Liberals in this race while some have simply stepped back.
Clearly in SD&SG the opposition party’s did not have the machines or organizations to make any impact.
Even the long time Liberal supporting Best Western has a Lauzon bill board on its property instead of their traditional grit support.
It truly would be ironic if Clement doesn’t exceed her poor performance last election and Trudeau does win.
In nearby Glengarry, Prescott, & Russell it looks like the Liberal candidate, Francis Drouin, will defeat incumbent Pierre Lemieux.