October 19, 2015

In an election that's too tough to call, those that turn up will be the victors

Brian LilleyArchive

Election day is finally here and it remains a tough one to call.

We saw high turnouts at advanced polls but that's likely just a reflection of strategic electoral politics with each of the parties trying their best to get their supporters out early meaning less work on election day.

There are a lot of swing ridings in play but in the end, the election will go to those who show up.


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commented 2015-10-20 17:45:32 -0400
@marty Ashfield: did Conservatives win?? awwww…. don’t cry….
commented 2015-10-19 20:19:17 -0400

I see that you are delusional.
commented 2015-10-19 20:13:52 -0400
commented 2015-10-19 19:04:05 -0400


commented 2015-10-19 17:52:01 -0400
“Awwwww, isn’t that sweeeeet?” How does that go? Oh right …yuck!!
commented 2015-10-19 17:13:33 -0400
Glenn said, “don’t let the hair loss frighten you”

You have hair loss?!?!?!? Ahhhhhh! Run!! ;o)
commented 2015-10-19 17:10:26 -0400
Jimmy said the Charleton, “Charleton, I am here to keep you company, since you live on here.”

Awwwww, isn’t that sweeeeet?
commented 2015-10-19 17:09:10 -0400
Jimmy asks, “By the way, how can I be a pothead, when I have never tried pot or any other drugs?”

commented 2015-10-19 17:01:46 -0400
MUHUHAHAHAHA!!!!! All of you lefties are living on false hope….the ROBOCALL system got the bugs tweaked out after the last security leak and we now have it perfected…..liberals are being directed to the wrong poling stations in droves!!!!! The theft of this election is now a done deal…..why this time there will not even be one opposition seat…..Judy Rebick will probably drop dead of apoplexy……MUHUHAHAHAHAH!!!!! (we dark siders are actually a jolly lot….don’t let the soulless mean laughter fool you and don’t let the hair loss frighten you)
commented 2015-10-19 16:40:49 -0400
Jimmy, are you going to vote for Justins Dad? The Guy who changed the school history books, just to get the Quebec vote. Is Justin going to change history books? I hope not. He may be able to change the contents but he cannot change History. Speaking of that, Justin will soon be, ‘History’.
commented 2015-10-19 16:32:18 -0400
Hyacinth – a very good summary, but I pray that we don’t see the Trudeau sequel, as 2.0 is dumber than a bag of hammers, and he’s being used by those who are out to destroy our country. I will give PET credit for at least being intelligent, but his son has done nothing but try to ride on to daddy’s coat tails. The best memories that I have of PET, are when he used to talk circles around the press!
commented 2015-10-19 15:44:57 -0400
When it comes to the question of Canadians’ favourite prime minister, Pierre Trudeau — Justin’s father — is in a league of his own.

Earlier this week, Forum Research released the results of their survey that asked 1,525 randomly selected Canadians this question:

Which of the following was Canada’s best prime minister?

Pierre Trudeau 26 per cent
Stephen Harper 14 per cent
Jean Chretien 13 per cent
Lester Pearson 12 per cent
Brian Mulroney 8 per cent
Paul Martin 4 per cent
Joe Clark 3 per cent
Don’t know/someone else 21 per cent

Trudeau senior — one of the father’s of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms — is alone in top spot with more than a quarter of respondents choosing him as Canada’s greatest PM.

Then comes Stephen Harper and Jean Chretien at 14 per cent and 13 per cent respectively.

Harper’s support is undoubtedly buoyed by the fact that he’s the current prime minister and you’d have to think Chretien is helped by recent anniversary coverage of his decision not to send Canadian troops to Iraq.

Interestingly, when broken down by region, 27 per cent of Albertans think Harper is the greatest prime minister while only 7 per cent of Quebecers do.

Forum Research President Lorne Bozinoff commented on Pierre Trudeau’s enduring popularity.

“After all these years, he haunts us still” Bozinoff said in a press release accompanying the survey results.

“He may be the most controversial Prime Minister Canada has ever had, but he remains the standard by which others are judged.

“Pierre always gets the last pirouette.”

Who is Canada’s worst prime minister?

In September 2012, another pollster, Angus Reid, also asked Canadians about their opinions of Canada’s post 1968 prime ministers.

Again, Pierre Trudeau topped the best PM list.

Angus Reid, however, also asked respondents who the worst prime minister was.

Here’s that list:

Stephen Harper 26 per cent
Brian Mulroney 17 per cent
Pierre Trudeau 11 per cent
Jean Chretien 9 per cent
commented 2015-10-19 15:37:23 -0400
Deborah Graupner commented
If those younger generations don’t learn fast, they will be in for years of high unemployment, and high taxes. And if interest rates ever start to move, then they will experience what those of us who lived through the PET and Chretien years, had to live through. And they will have no one to blame but themselves!

I agree 100%.
When Pierre Trudeau (April 20, 1968, to June 4, 1979, and again from March 3, 1980, to June 30, 1984) was in power:
“Five-year fixed-rate mortgages were more than 15 per cent for about two years, from the fall of 1980 to the fall of 1982, peaking at just over 21 per cent in the second half of 1981. The Bank of Canada was cranking up its rates at the time, to try to stem the runaway inflation that was playing havoc with the Canadian economy.” and "Trudeau went through six Finance Ministers during his 15 years in office – and just about as many major shifts in economic policy. As a result, his policies sometimes resembled the driving of a teenager learning to drive a stick-shift – or a mechanically unskilled parent trying to put together a child’s bicycle. The result was a series of measures that were usually not pursued long enough to be effective – but which caused many Canadians to suspect both his motivations and his competence in providing economic leadership. By mid-1982, it had become apparent that these policies were not working. Canada was in the midst of the worst recession in forty years. By that time, Canadians had had enough of Trudeau’s improvised economic policies and a government that, by 1984, was spending more than it was collecting in revenues. The rest, as they say, is history. "

Nice future, the past will repeat itself.
commented 2015-10-19 15:27:42 -0400

Harper said if he gets a minority, he is quitting.
commented 2015-10-19 15:26:08 -0400

I am here to keep you company, since you live on here.
commented 2015-10-19 15:25:06 -0400

Since you are an absolute whack job, I am quite sure the people YOU know are also whack jobs.

By the way, how can I be a pothead, when I have never tried pot or any other drugs?
commented 2015-10-19 15:24:43 -0400
Yesterday morning, on CBC’s Power and Politics, a conservative strategist mentioned the “Shy Conservative” a phenomenon in England where conservative voters are very reluctant to say they will actually be voting conservative. Let’s hope that many of those called during the recent Canadian Election 2015 polling are “Shy Conservatives” and lied on those polls! Even a Conservative minority is better than a Liberal majority!!
commented 2015-10-19 15:24:08 -0400
Trudeau as PM will have a huge job to deal with western separatism which will grow on steroids. The east has the political clout and the west the economic power. Liberal in the east, conservative in the west.
commented 2015-10-19 15:20:41 -0400
The only thing curious about you Jimmy is how you can spend your days and nights here on the Rebel. You must be scared shirtless your welfare check will stop.
commented 2015-10-19 15:16:52 -0400
Jimmy all the old people I know vote for Harper. I think you are a pot head!
commented 2015-10-19 15:13:40 -0400
I am curious – is it possible for any conservative to concede that maybe Canadians are just not happy with Harper and the current conservative party?

If Trudeau wins, I wonder who will be the first conservative here to concede that point as much as it may be difficult to do so.
commented 2015-10-19 15:05:08 -0400

Yes, because no one in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s will be voting for Trudeau. Especially when you consider that the majority of people that are looking to Stop Harper per the campaign – are older people.
commented 2015-10-19 14:54:45 -0400
Carl – thank you for providing Junior’s resume! How could anyone vote for that empty head?
commented 2015-10-19 14:53:13 -0400
Marty Ashfield – your lips to God’s ears! I am praying for PM Harper to win another majority government.
commented 2015-10-19 14:51:19 -0400
Peter Netterville – I had to school my 24-year old daughter about socialism, and she gets it now, and voted conservative in the advanced polls. My 29-year old son, on the other hand, leans left. I haven’t asked him who he is voting for, as we have decided that it is better if we don’t talk about politics. :-)
commented 2015-10-19 14:49:14 -0400
Justine Trudeau’s Resume for Prime Minister of Canada
Foreign policy: Provide winter coats to Syrian refugees.
Foreign experience: Backpacked around the world.
Real world working experience: Drama Teacher
Economic experience: Manage my RSP and TFSA accounts.
Aboriginal Relations: Shared a bowl of Campbells Chunky Soup with Theresa Spence.
commented 2015-10-19 14:47:16 -0400
Bill Elder – you are doing us proud!
commented 2015-10-19 14:46:37 -0400
Deborah said, “If those younger generations don’t learn fast, they will be in for years of high unemployment, and high taxes.”

The youngsters never listen. They are influenced through grade school to be left / socialist and they get that in college / university. Trade schools tend to be more capitalist / right wing. Couple with that the fact that every teenager / early 20s youth “knows” that mom and dad are stupid. the young will not learn except by experience. Unfortunately that experience will come at the cost of the economy and personal freedoms.
commented 2015-10-19 14:42:46 -0400
As long as my MP (Stephen Woodworth) gets the boot, I will be happy.