The Senate scandals have badly damaged the Harper government, which is what happens when hand-picked Senators decide they can do whatever they want on ethics and spending. As a result, desperate to find a distraction, the Conservatives have decided to latch on to a “consumers-first” agenda; trying to paint itself as the defender of consumers in Canada everywhere.
This is an obvious attempt to blunt the “middle-class” focus Justin Trudeau and the Liberals have been pushing the last year; and its apparent in this new Ekos poll:
At just 26 points in a national poll taken late last week, Harper’s party is lagging well behind the revitalized Liberals, which has seen a stable lead develop since Justin Trudeau took office. At 10 points back of the Liberals, Harper now only has to cast his gaze sideways to see a resurgent NDP in a virtual tie, with their leader, Thomas Mulcair, showing impressive gains in approval and party support.
The official numbers are LPC 36, CPC 26, NDP 25. It would be quite stunning if the CPC were to fall to 3rd place in ANY poll; not something I’ve seen in a long time – hence their sudden decision to become concerned over consumers.
If they bring forth policies that benefit consumers, I see no reason why progressives wouldn’t support the policies, but proof is in the pudding. The Senate scandals aren’t going to go away however, just because the Harper government might try to wish them away.