Saturday, June 20, 2015

Not With A Bang

James Moore left yesterday. And Don Meredith was booted from the Conservative Senate caucus earlier in the week. It looks like things are falling apart in Harperland. And, as she travels the country, Chantal Hebert writes that she's picking up on that vibe, too:

In Ontario and British Columbia, the NDP has been on the move in the polls while Conservative support has stalled or declined. Ditto in Atlantic Canada
The NDP and the Liberals have long been communicating vessels for opposition votes but there is more than the usual opposition arithmetic at play behind the deficit in support of the Conservatives.
By all indications, a sizeable proportion of the 2011 supporters that they expected to come home as disenchantment with the Liberals set in are keeping their options open and/or are checking out the New Democrats.

It was not supposed to be this way. The budget and Bill C-51 were supposed to put the opposition parties on the ropes. But, instead, the Harperites have fewer and fewer defenders:

But perhaps what struck me most was how few people were willing to speak up in defence of the government. As opposition to Harper has become more vocal, support for his re-election has become more discreet.
That stands in stark contrast with the immediate lead-up to the last campaign when even non-Conservative voters would often readily concede that they felt Harper had managed the global economic crisis with competence. That sentiment was omnipresent in Ontario — where he subsequently won his majority.

Four years later, many die-hard Conservatives privately admit that they expected more from their party’s first majority government in almost two decades. They are underwhelmed by the sum of Harper’s third mandate.
More than a few of them find it hard to take pride in a team that has chosen to dumb itself down by making ultra-partisan MPs such as Pierre Poilièvre and Paul Calandra its poster boys in the House of Commons.

It may all come to and end, as Eliot wrote, not with a bang but a whimper.


Hugh said...

After massive budget deficits every year since 2008, the Federal Conservatives have added $149 Billion to Canada's net Federal Debt.


They claim they are reducing the deficit, though.

ron wilton said...

The LIBCON mantra of it will be worse under the dippers has run out of steam and substance.

Most people I know believe harper and his band have been the worst pm and government Canada has ever had and they usually add, even worse than Mulroney.

I like and have respect for most of the talking head Libs and I know they are better than the Cons constantly tell us they were in some distant past, but my sense is that Canadians want to send a message to the 'old' parties that times have changed and we need something new and different on all fronts.

If the Cons want to take on MulCair and company they had better be prepared to get as good as they give and it seems the only 'baggage' they have is using public money to reach out to Canadians in apparently non NDP Alberta.

Meanwhile the con whimpers are barely audible under the growing pile of excreta they immersed themselves in.

Owen Gray said...

Quite true,Ron. They're having a hard time navigating through all the waste they've created.

Owen Gray said...

The facts are catching up with them, Hugh. They simply are not who and what they claim to be.

Kirby Evans said...

As much as I admire the pithiness of T.S. Eliot's prediction, I still can't bring myself to believe that the HarperCons will willingly leave office. Even if they lose the election (which I highly doubt given their record of cheating) watch for some sort of de facto coup to keep them in office. The problem with the Westminster system of government is that, despite what our highschool social studies teachers told us, it has no actual checks and balances. As Harper has demonstrated, the sitting government can illegally prorogue parliament, ignore the will of MPs, and ignore Supreme Court rulings. It really isn't a big leap to ignoring the outcome of an election.

Owen Gray said...

I agree, Kirby, that Harper is capable of anything in his quest to maintain power. However, the more he is abandoned by his loyal supporters, the more difficult it will be for him to hang on.