December 1, 2005


Public wants change: new poll (Allan Woods and Norma Greenaway, with files from Anne Dawson and James Gordon, November 30, 2005, CanWest News Service)

As political leaders took to the campaign trail, a new poll shows a divided electorate that would likely return another minority government.

A new poll, conducted immediately after the defeat of the Liberal minority government, puts the Liberals and Conservatives in a dead heat - each with 31 per cent support.

The Ipsos-Reid poll, done for CanWest News Service and Global News, shows a public itching for change - 57 per cent of those surveyed agreed the "federal Liberal party is fundamentally corrupt and does not deserve to be re-elected."

Tony Blair, John Howard, George W. Bush, and Junichiro Koizumi have recently won historic victories running on Third Way reforms and a global crusade for democracy. But the EU constitution was defeated in France and Denmark (?) because it was seen to threaten that same kind of liberalization of the wefare state and then Angela Merkel and Civic Platform in Poland underperformed for the same reason. It seems unlikely that Canada's conservatives will even run on a platform of genuine reform, but if they did it would be interesting to see whether Canada voted like a part of the Anglosphere or like continental Europe.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 1, 2005 5:30 PM

"Public wants change" - BALONEY! That's what the LIEberals are offering, but the people want big bucks through tax cuts, not loose change which is what has been offered by the current government.

Posted by: obc at December 1, 2005 11:51 PM

Of course we want change -- Bring back Trudeau! (right Peter?)

Posted by: Randall Voth at December 2, 2005 2:47 AM

Oh, Orrin, you can't blame the Conservatives for anything. They deserve to win no matter what kind of a hash they make of it. As Randall will tell you, the problem is the immoral and corrupt voters of Ontario (31% Con, 44% Lib, 18% NDP, 4% Green) who vote only to cheat the rest of the country for their own private gain. Not at all like the altuistic B.C. voter (36% Con, 28% Lib, 26% NDP, 6% Green)who always votes selflessly with nothing but the common good in mind.

Posted by: Peter B at December 2, 2005 8:19 AM

How much further Left can the Greens be?

Posted by: oj at December 2, 2005 8:49 AM