15 décembre 2005

Federal election (day 16)

Where they were and what they said:

* Paul Martin was in Richmond B.C. wearing a hard hat and continuing his fight with the U.S. ambassador. Wasn't he supposed to better the relations with our neighbour to the South?.

* Stephen Harper was Vancouver saying that he wants to elect senators, introduce fixed-dates elections every four years (how would that work with a minority government?) and give the government a role in the nomination process for federal election candidates (???).

* Jack Layton was in Burnaby practicing his debate with high school students (and saying he was ready for the one with his real opponents) and working up a sweat in his hotel gym.

* And Gilles Duceppe spent the morning in the Papineau riding, prepared some during the day and made in to Vancouver only last night.

In other news:

* This is getting huge play in Quebec. The Liberals mistakenly sent a list of riding where they think they're in trouble to some journalists. (Seems like someone didn't check and recheck the list of addressees before clicking the "send" button.) Out of the 21 ridings the Liberals now hold, 11 are in danger. They are Outremont, Brossard-La Prairie, Papineau, Jeanne-Le Ber, Ahuntsic, Honoré-Mercier, Beauce, Brome-Missisquoi, Gatineau, Hull-Aylmer and Pontiac. Looks like Jean Lapierre, Pierre Pettigrew and Liza Frulla might be looking for new jobs.

* Tonight is the first debate. It'll be boring. Most Canadians think Martin will win. He won't; nobody will. That makes it a loss for him.

* Latest SES-CPAC rolling poll (completed Tuesday) tells us that Conservatives and NDP are up by 1%, Bloc down by 2% (at 52% from 55% in Quebec), all others unchanged. Liberals' lead now at 7%.

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