December 12, 2017

Canada’s NDP attacked as poll rise continues

Yep, Captain Jack is looking positively Prime Ministerial. But it takes a bit more than a few flash poll results to bring a Tory government down. They are cunning varmints.

Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP) has come under fire from its rivals on the eve of the 2nd May general elections.

The centre-left NDP is now only five percentage points behind the Conservatives.

A Nanos Research survey placed the NDP on 31% support, with the Conservatives at 36%. Michael Ignatieff’s Liberal Party trailed at 22%, and the Bloc Quebecois is only at 6%.

In politics you know you are doing something right if your opponents are lining up to take shots at you.

Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the NDP would need the Bloc Quebecois’ support to win the election. This is an old favourite Tory tactic. Try and scare off voters with talk of an independence party having a hand in power.

Another favourite is Stephen Harper’s claim that an NDP led minority government would lead to out-of-control spending and higher taxes. That one is so tired it can’t keep its eyes open.

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff who has seen his party slip from second to a distant third in the polls said “What’s weird here is that everybody’s calling the hockey game in the middle of the third period. That’s weird.”

“When I watch hockey games, I wait until the final whistle. I wait until the final siren and the final siren hasn’t sounded.”

That is all well and good Mr Ignatieff, but if you are so far behind in the middle of the third period and your opponent has your attacks covered, then the final siren might as well sound now. Anyway the day before an election sounds more like the end of the third to newswarped.

So what is NDP leader Jack Layton up to? Well he is defending himself from criticism about comments he made about wanting the Bank of Canada to keep its interst rates low.

Obviously Jack is used to saying what he liked and no one was too bothered about it. But now that he is a possible Prime Minister in waiting, suddenly what he says matters.

Now Jack is being forces to reinforce that he will not interfere with the Bank of Canada’s independence if elected.

One day out and this election is too close to call. Will the cycle of Conservative minority governments be broken? Or will the NDP and the Liberals split the ‘left’ vote and let the Conservatives in again?