Well I see that Stephen Harper has been spending more time in the tiny Con bastion of Quebec City.
And it seems only appropriate that he should stage this photo-op at the city's Ice Hotel.
Considering the state of his government, and the way his support is in danger of melting.
In a week blissfully free of fresh terrorist atrocities, it now appears that the security wave which propelled Stephen Harper into a clear lead has run out of momentum. The Conservatives have declined three points and the Liberals have risen slightly, by an insignificant two points.
The demographic and regional shifts support the theory that terrorism’s lower political salience in the absence of recent attacks is driving this modest, but statistically significant, shift.
As more Canadians stop worrying about the Terrorist Menace, and start worrying about what Harper and his incompetent oil pimps have done to the economy.
And of course, this is a bonus.
A few weeks ago they were dead even, but a new Forum Research poll has the federal Liberals now leading the Conservatives by a “healthy” seven point margin. The public opinion survey found the Liberals have 39 per cent support, compared to 32 per cent for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. The Opposition NDP are at 17 per cent.
Even if it is a Forum Poll.
For it all seems to suggest that his balloon is in danger of deflating disastrously.
And that all those rats abandoning that sinking
Forum president Lorne Bozinoff attributed the Tories’ drop in fortunes in the latest poll to two events — former foreign affairs minister John Baird’s sudden departure from cabinet last week, and MP Eve Adams’ decision to cross the floor from the Conservatives to Justin Trudeau’s Liberals this week.
And of course the sight of Pierre Poilievre as the new Minister of Employment...
And Jason Kenney as the Minister of Multiculturalism AND the Minister of Defence.
Jason Kenney isn't known for holding his fire on the subject of radical Islam — and now he's in charge of whether the Canadian military will or won't continue to do the same.
The mission is about half-way through the allotted six months and it will be Kenney who will have the task of deciding whether or not to keep it going.
Is hardly reassuring, because you couldn't have two Cons less suited for those jobs.
But then of course Harper is desperate.
He will use any excuse to stir up xenophobia, and try to scare people into voting for him.
While slowly turning Canada into a police state.
And it is all bovine excrement...
And the good news?
Even some of his most dedicated supporters seem to be recognizing bullshit when they see it:
Support from the less well-educated and male voters has dropped more steeply for Stephen Harper, as has his net approval score. It’s possible the government’s recent florid hyperbole on the jihadist threat has actually overshot voters’ capacity for suspending disbelief.
And if he loses the support of those voters he won't have a chance of winning the next election.
How ironic eh?
The zombie king set out to scare voters into voting for him.
Only to end up scaring them away...
The desire for change in Canada remains as strong as ever.
And in the end it will defeat him...
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