By Glen Turner – Special to the Sydenham Current
It seems like the political winds in this country might just be blowing in a different direction this time around.
It’s funny… the Conservatives subject us to the longest campaign since the 1870’s, and the most expensive EVER, yet aren’t exactly getting kudos for that choice.
Despite the usual (unfortunately) Conservative attack ads, the Harperites are sitting 3rd in the polls, trailing even the Liberals.
Of course, those who trail in the polls always come out with a comment such as: ‘the only real poll is the one on voting day.’ Business as usual. But only partially true. Currently at only a 24% support level, versus 36% for Mulcair and the NDP, the Conservatives may be just a little bit worried.
After all, the Conservatives are now long gone provincially in Alberta, which now has an NDP government.
The same poll stated that 68% of respondents thought that Harper has been in the job too long.
Another poll says that 64% of respondents want a ‘change in government.’ It also stated that a minority government is likely.
The poll result that surprised me most was that the Conservative attack ad stating ‘He’s just not ready’ – when talking about Justin Trudeau – was actually was considered effective. This, even though Trudeau has spent eight years as an MP, and two years as party leader.
Harper was the MP for Calgary West for four years and sat for four years as the MP for Calgary Southwest.
Eight years in the Commons, just like Trudeau.
Great strategy, huh? Yes, if it works, and people buy into it.
Locally, I’m seeing a strong NDP push from the new candidate, Rex Isaac. And, finally, I can answer the oft-asked question with ‘Yes, there IS a Liberal candidate in this riding.’
Also, I’ve been surprised to see the number of Facebook posts put up by the Conservatives. Of course, attacking Trudeau and Mulcair, but also extolling the hard work of the local sitting MP, Bev Shipley. But – still mostly attack ads.
It seems that the advice to the Conservatives from the right wing in the United States has worked, to some extent. Same strategies, however offensive.
Mr. Harper might have to rely on someone else messing up in the Sept. 17th debate.
My guess is that the attack ads and vitriol from the Conservatives will get worse – perhaps THAT will make voters say: ‘Wait a minute – is it necessary to be even more like the USA in OUR politics?’
Photos from Facebook: Thomas Muclair, Justin Trudeau and Stephen Harper.