Saturday, July 31, 2010

Ignatieff Can't Buy Love

Here’s a reality of federal politics underscored by our exclusive poll released Thursday, conducted by Leger Marketing for QMI Agency. It’s that Stephen Harper won’t be running against God in the next election. He’ll be running against Michael Ignatieff.

Given public attitudes to our prime minister revealed by the poll, if he was running against God, he’d probably lose.
But running against Ignatieff, his chances look good. Not a slam dunk. But good.
Rick Mercer Photo Challenge  by Nick McG

The online poll of 1,526 adults conducted July 19-22, 2010 found Harper comfortably ahead of the federal Liberal leader on many of the character traits Canadians look for in a leader. -Ottawa Sun

h/t Wilson Blue Like You

Ignatieff and the Liberals don't get it, it's the economy stupid. Canadians care about the real issues and have not forgiven them for the political games. No platform and no policies make the alternative unacceptable. The culture of entitlement and view that the political class is royalty confirms the Liberal Party is in it's death throes.

Justin Trudeau supporting Gerard Kennedy at th...
Justin Trudeau next in line?
"We have someone in our midst who someday may be prime minister . . . We are in the presence of royalty," Pearson said. "Thank you for giving us this big boost," he said. (He was talking about Justin Trudeau)

Ontario's employment was up 60,000 in June, the sixth consecutive monthly gain. This brings employment increases in the province to 187,000 (+2.9%) since July 2009. With these gains, Ontario's employment is slightly below its pre-recession level. In June, the unemployment rate fell 0.6 percentage points to 8.3%, the lowest since January 2009.

In June, employment increased by 30,000 in Quebec and the unemployment rate dipped 0.2 percentage points to 7.8%. Since July 2009, employment growth in Quebec has been the fastest of all provinces at 3.0% (+117,000).  Statscan

Ignatieff returned to Toronto to further his narrative of his common touch with the Canadians. It has not worked out so well. He is trying to hard fit in and looks uncomfortable on this tour. He fired his team earlier this year for the failure to boost his personal ratings. 

Dan Maclean CH-CH anchor
June 5, 2009 - The search for candidates is heating up now that Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff is rattling election sabres over the Harper government's handling of the economy. Several star candidates have withdrawn their Liberal candidacy and senior Liberal figures have not put their hat in for the upcoming campaign. Do they don't believe Liberals don't stand any chance to win in 2011?

June 7, 2010 - The Conservatives have candidates in all 13 Hamilton-area ridings. The New Democrats have candidates in the majority of the ridings. The Liberals have candidates in Burlington, Oakville, Halton, Brant, Haldimand-Norfolk, St. Catharines, Welland and Niagara Falls. They once held every seat between Oakville and Niagara Falls, but were shut out completely in the 2008 election

September 28, 2009 ‘If you want to have your way in Quebec, you just have to bypass the Quebec officials in the party, going instead to the inner circle from Toronto," Coderre said Monday at a news conference in his Montreal riding. 

Ignatieff least liked federal leader: Poll

May 18, 2009 - “You really have to ask yourself if there isn’t an Ignatieff drag problem that is plaguing the Liberals,” Gregg said in an interview.

When you have as much disapproval, unfavourable impressions, it isn’t indifference. It’s something deeper than that.”

Gregg said it may be that the Tory portrayal of Ignatieff — as an “out of touch, effete, Central Canadian snob” — has taken hold among voters.

Whatever the reason, he said it’s not normal for an opposition leader to be viewed more negatively than a sitting prime minister, particularly when that prime minister is not hugely popular himself.

Opposition leaders usually do not evoke strong negative feelings, so it’s very unusual,” he said.

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