Thursday, December 08, 2005

Rough road ahead

This is the last posting I have to do for this particular project, so let's quickly look back at what we've seen:

Alright. It's not much.

But, with a Federal election looming and Federal conservatives barking like wolves at Prime Minister Paul Martin's door, the political climate in Canada is crackling with tension.

In a recent Globe and Mail article, a number of analysts and experts took a look at the first week of campaigning.

The conservatives are getting their platform out early and often - we've all seen the Stephen Harper ads where he gravely vows to take the GST "down from seven per cent, to six, to five per cent" - whereas the Liberals have spent the past week largely sitting on their hands.

Goldy Hyder aptly said the Liberals have been "mostly reactive" this past week.

Polls, as always, will tell, but this speaks to an obvious trend in politics.

Despite a large reaction against Conservative policies in Canada, elections these days are characterized by a fairly mealy-mouthed Liberal response to a strong - forceful, even - Conservative platform.

If this is the case, traditionally conservative-voting Albertans will likely take the safe route and vote in Klein's PCs for one more half-term (should Klein stick to his word and resign in 2007).

Should be a heck of a ride.


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