Last week of election notes

In the final week before the Canadian elections, the NDP have picked up quite a bit of steam. Right now the NDP are leading the other major parties in Québec and a few percentage points ahead of the Liberals across Canada. Some analysts believe the NDP could grab up to 15 seats next Monday (they had one in the previous election) in Quebec and could form the official opposition. In the Quebec City region, of the 7 seats, NDP are said to be leading in 4 and neck and neck in two. I believe all were held by the Conservatives previously.
Trouble is that the stock market analysts don’t like the uncertainty and as such, since the NDP has grown, Canadian stocks have dropped.
But as NDP leader Jack Layton’s popularity have increased in support, his party has been attacked by the other parties. Primarily it’s their economic platform. Among other things, the NDP want to implement a “cap and trade” on big business but some European countries had tried to implement cap and trade and failed.
Analysts believe Conservative leader Stephen Harper is (using the hockey term) “dumping the puck” – or not trying to cause any further controversies by limiting his (and his candidates’) comments and try and coast in for a possible win next week.
The Bloc Québecois brought in a frail former Parti Québecois Jacques Parizeau to try and boost their campaign but Parizeau was saying it to the faithful – not to those undecided. The BQ had to bus some people in at the Parizeau rally.
According to a poll, if there was no Bloc Québecois, 70% of those asked would switch to the NDP.
With the NDP surging, Harper now has changed his stance: Vote for the Conservative or it will result in a NDP led coalition.
Another riding in the Toronto region was also hit was vandalism. Those supporting the Liberals found they cars keyed and up to 4 tires slashed.
I suspect that sometime within the next year, the Liberals will be seeking a new leader. The Conservative executives may also wonder what to do as Harper may deliver another minority government and doesn’t have the goods to deliver a majority.
And this final question: Why are the Conservatives making promises? Why couldn’t they deliver them while they were in power?


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