Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Michael Ignatieff in Quebec : Support Vanishes

Harris Decima reports on March 9, 2010 the Conservatives edge ahead....

I have taken a look at this latest report that captures the support levels from October 2008 through March 9, 2010.

This period is interesting as a General Election, leadership replacement, two contests in by elections is highlighted.

 Many of us suggest the Liberal Party has lost their moral compass , been reduced to a party of publicity stunts.

You can decide.

Conclusion from the Graph and Support Levels in Quebec:

Michael Ignatieff has been unable to sustain the lift in Quebec from the signed coalition agreement entered into by  Dion. In December 2008, Dion was encouraged to resign his leadership before the scheduled leadership convention in 2009. The Liberal Party executives were able to appoint Ignatieff in short order in spite of protests from Bob Rae.

In November 2009 the Bloc lost one of the two seats in an election contest to the CPC who were polling behind the Bloc, Liberals.

GOTV (Get out the vote) was successful for the NDP, CPC

The NDP, CPC are below the General Election October 2008 levels.
The House of Commons voted 214-84 on Tuesday to reject a Bloc Quebecois amendment to the federal budget. That amendment would have forced the government to stop tax benefits to the oil industry and use the money to compensate Quebec for the Harmonized Sales Tax and improve EI benefits, among other things. Only the Bloc and NDP supported the proposed change. - Canadian Press

Does the Liberal Party expect their support numbers to be sustainable with another 150 meeting in Quebec? Is this just another publicity stunt to garner attention they are busy at work?


The_Iceman said...

I remember when I was first introduced to Iggy as a potential Liberal leader, the CBC cited his strength in Quebec as a selling point. Interesting how they proclaimed him very popular in Quebec before 99% of Quebecers even knew who he was.

I remember in December 2008 after the coup failed, a few of my Liberal friends (yes I do have Liberal friends) came to me to ask who is Ignatieff. They didn't know him, and as a politics junkie they knew I would. I said "well we both thought the invasion of Iraq was a good idea, so that much I like about him."

Boy did that ever throw them for a loop! They liked attacking Harper for supporting Iraq, but you can't exactly do that when your own leader did the same.

CanadianSense said...

Can you imagine how the Bloc, NDP will rip into his record with supporting the budget.

His interviews on Charlie Rose, support for the Empire Lite and praise for George Bush robust internationalism.

In Ireland he was critical of Canada and after becoming a Liberal has sanitized his views from 2005 to only attack the CPC.

Ronald O'Dowd said...


Would appreciate if you could create a generic e-mail and send me a blank one at

I would appreciate your advice and you pointing me in the right direction if you have a minute for this.

Thanks, Ron

CanadianSense said...


I sent the email, but I have stated on an earlier occassion I have no affilations, connections to ANY political parties.

I can be critical of every political party, at every level from Municpal, Provincial and Federal.

CanadianSense said...

Slowly working on it, could use help I have he Milk Carton Artwork ready

Ronald O'Dowd said...


As tempting as your generous offer is, I have to decline. (God knows they hate my guts enough already. Perhaps it even rivals the love for me from the Alliance half of the party when I was in the CPC!)

But it ain't all bad. At least Jamieson is still willing to cut me some slack. (I hope.)

CanadianSense said...


what offer was that? The Milk Carton Artwork?

Let's hope they at least go the route of Derek Lee and get the Speaker to make a ruling.

I don't see any change from the LPOC until an election and a serious rout at the ballot box.

Ronald O'Dowd said...


Let's get down to the serious boilerplate: when you follow Chrétien's advice, you win and might even win big.

When you don't -- well, I think that speaks for itself.