Storm warnings

I said, a long time ago, that I thought that many potential Conservative leaders, Rona Ambrose and John Baird, amongst them, sat out the 2017 Conservative Party leadership contest because they were convinced, and the historical evidence supports them, that Justin Trudeau, having won a solid majority in 2015, was almost guaranteed at least a … Continue reading Storm warnings

A thumb on the scales

I'm told that the old expression about putting one's thumb on the scales originated with dishonest merchants who tried to add a little weight to their sales by doing just that. It has become a synonym for corrupt practices, especially for corrupt political practices ... ... so I am not surprised when I saw this, … Continue reading A thumb on the scales

And even more about the new numbers

At the risk of offending readers who think I should confine myself to purely military matters, I offer this, which follows on from yesterday's post about Abacus Data's latest poll. One of my interlocutors said, a few days ago, in response to my comments about the shifting numbers the election polls give us, "Do not … Continue reading And even more about the new numbers

More numbers

So, Abacus Data has added to the polling data. Their report says that a "plurality of Canadians continue to feel the country is headed off on the wrong track (43%)" ... ... and they say that "Today 35% approve of the performance of the Trudeau government, while 47% disapprove. In April approval stood at 32%" the … Continue reading More numbers

More numbers

Brian Lilley, writing in the Toronto Sun, says that "You could call it the Ford Factor ... [because] ... Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are back in the lead in vote-rich Ontario and the provincial government led by Doug Ford is part of the reason why ... [and] ... The latest numbers from the DART/MARU Voice of Canada … Continue reading More numbers

Numbers

So, summer is here and it's polling season, too. MPs are home, in their ridings, reconnecting with constituents, hopefully recharging their own political batteries and, in most cases, gearing up for the last, crucial, 48 days between Labour Day, when I expect to see all them in local parades and at festivals, and Sunday, October … Continue reading Numbers

More good news

Steven Chase and Robert Fife, writing in the Globe and Mail, say that "Ethics in government is shaping up as the biggest issue for voters in the approaching federal vote, outdistancing the economy, the environment and trade with the United States, according to a new poll conducted for The Globe and Mail ... [and] ... A … Continue reading More good news