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Harper threatens to quit if Cons lose. Let’s accomodate him.

Did Harper decide to put that threat to quit out there in order to rally his Conservative base to his “strong leadership”? I think it has the potential to have the opposite effect, as does Accidental Deliberations:

After all, plenty of factions within the Cons – socons, small-government advocates and any remaining red Tories in particular, but potentially including anybody involved with the party based on any principle other than the pursuit of raw power – would surely have experienced at least some frustration with Harper’s top-down command structure and consistent stifling of inconvenient viewpoint..with Harper himself raising the possibility that he’d be gone as leader if the Cons can’t […]

About boycotting CTV.

I see James Curran is wanting to organize a boycott CTV movement for their unethical release of the outtakes that Stephane Dion did with that interview on Friday, and Mike Duffy’s (and subsequent follow-up by Craig Oliver) hatchet job on Dion. Personally, I’m not sure whether boycotting the whole network is worthwhile or just boycotting Duffy’s show would be effective. But more power to James if he can get it organized (I suggested a Facebook group).

I’d like to take it a step further though and suggest to the Liberal Party that, regardless of the outcome on Tuesday, show your displeasure with Duffy by refusing to send Liberal spokespersons […]

Nanos and Ipsos closes the Conservative-Liberal gap; Decima widens it.

Conclusion? It’s extremely volatile and fluid out there as to who is going to vote for who (with the exception of Quebec, where it seems voters are convinced they aren’t going to vote en masse for Harper.

Decima has the Cons. extending their lead to 10 here. Nanos has the gap narrowing to 4 here. Ipsos-Reid has the gap drastically narrowing to 5 from a 14 point Conservative lead taken in their poll last week here. Note the different margins in the Maritimes and Ontario for all the 3 polls, and you’ll see why it’s very fluid.

I hate to use cliches, but the winner of the election, and by […]

Chretien still has it.

Best line of the night from the Brampton rally, where he introduced Dion:

He told Canadians in the midst of a market meltdown that it is time for Canadians to invest their remaining savings in the market…Since he said that the market has plunged another 1,000 points. That’s right. He said it was a good time to buy. On Tuesday Canadians will say ‘bye, bye Steve’.

I want audio of that 😉

Aha.. I get audio of that Chretien speech – and video too!

Harper’s audio expert: Cadman Tape NOT altered.

Remember Harper’s claim that the Cadman tape was altered – presumably by the author who taped it, Tom Zytaruk? Well, Harper was full of it, and guess what?

His own expert he hired to prove that it was altered is the one who said this!

A tape recording at the centre of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s $3.5-million defamation suit against the Liberal party was not altered as the prime minister has claimed, a court-ordered analysis of the tape by Harper’s own audio expert has found…former FBI agent Bruce Koenig, the sound expert Harper hired to prove his allegations, submitted a report dated Friday to Harper’s lawyer, which also had […]

New Liberal Ad: “Denial”

(UPDATE: Youtube video now up)

This may or may not be the final Liberal ad for the campaign… but with a few days left, you never know. All in all, a new very tough ad on Harper (I have to use the flash version of this for now as it isn’t on Youtube as of yet – I’ll change it to the Youtube Version when it’s up):

By the way, regardless of when I switch the ad over to Youtube, for those with Firefox who can’t view the Flash video, I’ve found a workaround to it. It is apparently the Version 9 of Macromedia’s Flash that is causing the […]

Meanwhile, in more relevant election news…

Finance Minister Flaherty decides to take $25 billion in mortgages off banks’ books to loose credit. He claims that this will enable banks to drop their prime lending rates, as they only passed along a 1/4% drop to their consumers when the Bank of Canada cut the prime lending rate by a lot more. Maybe they will, but I’ll believe it when I see the announcement. The banks are more concerned with their bottom line then they are with consumers at the moment.

The other economic news the Conservatives are trying to play up is the fact that 107 000 new jobs were created last month, but unfortunately, that’s a bit of old news, given most of this occurred before the current market crisis, and the fact the jobs are mostly part-time:

…almost all of this increase was in part-time work, representing 97,000 positions. “That’s not what you want to see in job creation,” Taruc said. “What you want to see is more full-time jobs because there are more people gainfully employed.”..Despite the increase, the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.1 per cent, as there were 113,700 more Canadians actively looking for work in the month.

Unfortunately, the TSX hasn’t been impressed with this move or the job figures: The TSX as of this posting is down another 457 points as of this blogpost – a 4.8% drop.

“Buying opportunities” for Canadians are growing better and better, eh Harper? This is the reason the Conservatives jumped on the language difficulties of Mr Dion last night. They’re looking for any bit of distraction to the media and to the voter over the real issues they don’t want to face flack over – the economy and their so far “don’t worry, be happy” approach to it being the main issue.

UPDATE @ 12:42 pm – Dion responds to the mortgages announcement:

“After months of saying no action was required and his approach was sufficient, it appears, four days before Election Day, Stephen Harper has now had a change of heart,” said Mr. Dion. “It is no surprise that many Canadians will believe that the Conservatives are playing partisan politics with their mortgages and savings in the dying days of a federal election.” “After saying my concrete proposals for action were wrong, it appears Stephen Harper has finally woken up to the fact that a Prime Minister should and must take action to help Canadians instead of lecturing them on buying opportunities available in a collapsing market,” added Mr. Dion.

UPDATE 2 @ 2:24 pm: Ugh. The TSX plunged through the 9000 points barrier, but has rallied a bit since. Still down 587 points on the day.

On the Duffy/Dion thing, but moreso on Harper.

So my blogpost this AM is based on what else, this: “Tories show video to play up Dion’s language difficulties.”

You know, I read a good suggestion from a colleague of mine: Maybe we should release ALL the outtakes of ALL the Prime Ministers ever interviewed, and see how that looks and how they did on national TV. As for Duffy, the fact that several of his media colleagues at Macleans called him out on it speaks for itself.

In my opinion though, the bigger issue here is Harper and the Conservative Party campaign, and their reaction to this, even to the point of calling a special news conference for […]

Chretien to introduce Dion at Brampton rally Friday night.

Well, this is exciting news: the word is that despite his wife Aline having heart surgery last weekend, Jean Chretien will still be coming to the last real big Liberal rally in Brampton Friday night (starting at around 7:30 pm) to introduce Stephane Dion to the crowd. That tells you that Aline is doing fine and that Mr Chretien really wants to do this event with Stephane. That’s a big deal when he’s willing to do that.

So in the span of a couple of days, we’ve had Martin intro Dion and now Chretien – not many Liberal leaders could manage that.

Canadian Conservatives starting to exhibit anger, like their American counterparts.

The news in the past week in the American campaign has been how Republicans, frustrated at the fact McCain is falling in the polls and facing a decisive defeat in November, are becoming very angry, even hostile, toward Obama and toward the media.

And now, we’re seeing the first signs of this frustration and anger up here in Canada with Canada’s Conservatives and their supporters, as the election race tightens:

The Tories have gone from supreme assurance only a week ago to rattled frustration heading into the Thanksgiving weekend finale… On Wednesday in Victoria, where Harper made some similarly minor health announcements, tempers flared repeatedly as Conservative campaign staff loudly […]

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