Sunday, July 19, 2015
Stephen Harper and the Growing Anger of Canadians
I don't know why it's taken so long for many Canadians to be angered by Stephen Harper, considering what he has done to Canada.
But a new EKOS poll shows that anger is growing.
And it has a lot to do with the state of the economy.
Two days after the Bank of Canada predicted a second consecutive quarter of negative growth, the newest EKOS poll shows the economy to be Canadians’ number-one policy concern.
With 40 per cent of Canadians saying the economy is their primary concern, this development is bad news for the Tories — ironically, as they have made their purported strength on economic issues a central point in their pitch for re-election.
For Harper who has spent almost a billion dollars trying to portray himself as a Great Economist Leader the news couldn't be worse.
And this couldn't be more devastating.
After months of bad news on the economy, more voters are now ‘angry’ (31 per cent) than ‘discouraged’ (29 per cent), ‘hopeful’ (20 per cent) or ‘happy’ (12 per cent) with the prime minister. This is the first time EKOS’s data have shown ‘anger’ as the leading emotion for Stephen Harper; for most of 2015, ‘anger’ has trailed ‘discouraged’ but has been in a dogfight with ‘hopeful’.
For nobody believes the economy will improve before the election, so that anger can only grow.
He will not be able to blame it on others...
The Conservatives have tried to blame the recent economic downturn on external factors — Greece and China — while casting themselves as Canadians’ best choice to navigate the choppy waters.
But the Conservatives’ strategy might be missing the point, suggests Graves. “Canadians have not felt a significant improvement in their standing of living (since 2011),” he said. “Instead, the economy is seen as being in recession and the vast majority of Canadians actually see themselves as stagnant or as worse off.”
So he must be as desperate as he has ever been.
And when he can deny reality no longer, won't he look ridiculous?
His greatest strength is now his greatest weakness.
Canadians know a recession, and a fraud when they see them.
Their righteous anger is growing.
And it will destroy him...
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