Ben (The Tiger)74p
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2011 is a game-changer -- people are realizing, both in the press gallery and in the general public, that this is no accidental PM. (They still may not like it, and that's their right; but they now get that something big is happening in Canada.)
That's how Ignatieff's career as a Tory would have gone. And he wouldn't have had to swallow himself whole to do it -- the air of fakeness would not have come, because he could have embraced all that he had preached during his career as a public intellectual.
But, yeah, what's there to do?
Pose the question -- "So, Ontario, are you going to go back to the Rae years because the PM and his staffers have been behaving like jackasses on this campaign?"
And if the answer is "YES", well, then...
Chatted with a swing voter friend who's going NDP -- that's the general attitude.
Harper didn't weigh in until he absolutely had to, in order to pull the other guys' chestnuts out of the fire.
But I'll concede to the other provinces that the federal government should stick to the 1867 division of powers...
In 1957, the CCF took 10/17 in SK (against the Chief!): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_federal_ele...
And in the various Pearson-early Trudeau elections, they had strong (often plurality) caucuses out of BC.
It gives my cold Ontarian heart great joy to crush the dreams of the socialists, but they do have lasting English Canadian support -- just not here in the province of the United Empire Loyalists.
Right now, they're doing well in BC, the Prairies, and Quebec.
The Liberals are the second party in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.
Thing is, in Ontario (minus Toronto proper) and all parts West, Stephen Harper's Conservatives have been crushing the opposition. So being the second party west of London, ON, doesn't get you too far.