14 décembre 2005

Federal election (day 15)

Where they were and what they said:

* Stephen Harper was in Trenton, Ontario, where he announced that he would increase defence spending by an additionnal $1.8 billion (between now and 2010-2011) over what the Libs have already budgeted.

* Paul Martin was in B.C. talking to high school students about safety, plugging his proposed handgun ban.

* Jack Layton was in Regina talking about health care using Tommy Douglas's daughter Shirley as a prop.

* And Gilles Duceppe was requesting for money for education.

In other news:

* US Ambassador David Wilkins slammed Paul Martin in a speech to the Canadian Club. "It may be smart election-year politics to thump your chest and criticize your friend and your No. 1 trading partner constantly but it is a slippery slope, and all of us should hope that it doesn't have a long-term impact on the relationship."

* Wouldn't this be an interesting candidate?

* Latest SES-CPAC rolling poll (completed Sunday) tells us that Conservatives are down by 1%, all others unchanged. Liberals' lead now at 8%.

On a lighter note:

* The NDP has created a Debate Bingo; they say it's a public service :-). Essentially, you get a bingo card filled with expressions Paul Martin uses regularly. As he says them throughout the debate, you cross off a square. The first player to cross off a full row wins. Up to eight players can participate.

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