More polls to talk about today. First, two-thirds of Canadians who were polled disapprove of Prime Minister proroguing Parliament in Sept and waiting until late October to reconvene Parliament.
As I said in my blogpost just the other day, this is probably the most “conventional” use of proroguing Parliament (or intending to prorogue, as he hasnt formally asked for it yet) that Harper has done while in government, and it’s ironic that on the more conventional type of prorogue, Harper’s getting massive disapproval of his intent to use it again.. but I guess that’s what you get when you abuse it a couple of other times.
The other poll is an opinion poll on political parties, and for the Liberals, it is again great news:
The Liberals have surged to 38% support from voters in the latest Forum Poll for the National Post, while the Conservatives have slipped to 29% and the NDP trail at 22%. The poll was conducted one day after Trudeau’s pot admission shook up Canada’s sleepy summer recess.
“After a brief dip last month, the Liberals have rebounded, and they now have a substantial lead over the government in the poll. It may be that Liberal policies around marijuana have had something to do with this, but it’s clear Justin Trudeau’s admission of pot use did him no harm,” Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff said in a statement.
Two caveats: this is Forum Research doing the polling (they weren’t exactly spot on in their Ontario by-election polling vs the actual result, but the Nanos poll I mentioned yesterday seem to at least back up what they are saying), and again, an election is 2 years off, but I’d still rather be first then last, or trailing substantially in 2nd place.
No one was talking much about Harper’s Arctic trip after the “pot” interview; it’s now been completely overshadowed by the Justin interview, and initially anyhow, it appears to be helping, not hurting the LPC.
Harper is proroguing in part because the Senate spending scandal has knocked his government off a tad.. and he wants a breather, but it appears his “breather” is being seen as another cynical ploy attempting to escape Parliamentary accountability… meanwhile.. what JT has admitted to occasionally breathing in the past has actually caused people to pay attention to politics in the summertime to him and his party – and not hurting him… something else I’m sure is driving Harper and Peter MacKay batty.