This poll is a day old in its release, but I found it noteworthy for a couple of reasons:
One reason is this:
(This) EKOS poll gives the Conservatives 30.5 per cent support from Canadians, compared to 26.3 per cent for the Liberals. The Tories have been sliding over the past few weeks, losing the 10-point lead they enjoyed over the Liberals not so long ago. The NDP, meanwhile, are at 17.4 per cent, compared to the Green Party at 12.3 per cent; the Bloc is at 10.5 per cent.
“Their (the Harper Conservatives) current vote intention is the lowest since they took office and the leading direction of federal-government indicator is the lowest for any sitting Canadian government in the 11 years we have been tracking it,” says Mr. Graves.
You’ve seen a lot of chatter about problems for the Liberal Party and Ignatieff of late; mostly to do with NDP/Liberal merger/coalition chatter (which by the way, is something that really BUGS me about how some of the mainstream media have been reporting that; they seem to be mixing merger and coalition as the same thing, and it is clearly not the same thing. It’s either laziness, or a deliberate attempt to obfuscate the 2 terms and confuse the Canadian public into thinking these 2 mean the same thing).
Most folks have presumed that talk about potential coalitions or mergers would hurt the Liberal Party/give a boost to the Conservative Party. That has clearly not happened however, showing perhaps folks don’t consider it such an affront to democracy as the Conservatives and their supporters have been trying to portray it as. I don’t doubt that the “Billion Dollar Boondoggle” also known as the G8/G20 Summit, complete with fake lakes, 100 000$ gazebos in the middle of nowhere, and refurbishing steamboats that wont be ready until after the summit is over has helped contribute to the Conservatives’ recent malaise.
The other thing that caught the eye was this statement from Frank Graves:
Mr. Graves says that the first-past-the-post system is now unworkable because the “old parties are incapable of creating stable constituencies.” “Boomers will lose their strangle-hold on power. Young voters are turning to new parties like the GP [Green Party]. Parliaments will be forced to become mosaics rather than monolithic, reflecting a more pluralistic and faster-changing society.”
A pollster has come out and basically stated the FPTP system is unworkable. It would be a nice opportunity for a party like.. oh.. say.. the Liberal Party to get bold for once; to forget about hoping that they can somehow magically make the FPTP system work for them to start another natural governing party scenario for them as they did in the 20th century, and to propose electoral reform. I’d prefer some form of Proportional Representation, but if that’s too radical for the party, I’d settle on Alternative Voting/Instant Runoff voting.
I’ve heard whispers that the LPC is going to be presenting in their election platform (or just prior to it) a package of “democratic reform”. That’s fine, depending on what they offer up, but that’s pointedly different then electoral reform, which would be much more visionary and innovative and daring. Given the stalemate state of politics in Canada, which has become the new status quo, something needs to be done to give the public a reason to believe we’re not the same old Liberal Party. Electoral reform would be a small but good start.