Sunday, February 21, 2016
The Politics of Hope and the Desperation of Rona Ambrose
I can only imagine how Rona Ambrose must be feeling this weekend, but it can't be a pretty picture.
For weeks, with the help of the Con media, she has been bombing Justin Trudeau like a bat out of hell.
Or a maniac...
She has accused him of being a coward and a traitor. She has accused him of stealing the Con's phoney surplus. She has tried to end his political honeymoon by whatever smear necessary.
But it's just not working.
Despite the best efforts of Ambrose and her stooges in the Con media, a new poll suggests that Justin Trudeau's popularity just keeps growing.
The Forum Research poll found that 49 per cent of Canadians would vote Liberal if an election were held today, producing a “super-majority” of more than 70 per cent of the seats in Parliament.
The support is so impressive that Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research, said it might be time to stop referring to ongoing Liberal popularity as a mere honeymoon.
“It’s gone on far too long to be a brief post-electoral crush,” he said.
Even the one issue she thought she had going for her, seems to be blowing up in her face.
On the change in Canada’s mission in the Mideast from bombing to training foreign fighters and providing humanitarian aid, 48 per cent approved while 36 per cent disapproved.
Which doesn't surprise me in the least. Because as I've said many times before, it isn't just Justin's political honeymoon.
It's also our honeymoon, or our celebration, after the nightmare of the Harper years...
Most Canadians can't easily forget what that depraved monster did to this country and its values.
They want the celebration of his downfall to go on as long as possible.
They want to believe that anything is possible, rather than fall back into the despair of the past.
And that's why so many are pulling for Justin's politics of hope to succeed.
Rona Ambrose can't understand that, understand that by attacking Justin like a rabid animal she is only reminding Canadians of her fallen leader, and only hurting herself.
And sadly, the NDP is making the same mistake.
While the poll found the Conservatives, under interim leader Rona Ambrose, to have the backing of a solid core of 32 per cent of Canadians, the NDP — about to cast judgment on the leadership of Tom Mulcair at an April convention in Edmonton — has plummeted to 10 per cent.
The New Democrats, who topped 100 seats only five years ago under the late Jack Layton, would be reduced to a paltry six seats if an election were held today, the poll said.
For they too can't seem to understand that it's no ordinary honeymoon. Trudeau whether they like it or not, is still carrying the hopes of many Canadians on his shoulders...
And that by attacking him at this special time in Canadian history, they are only seen to be siding with the Cons, trying to smother that new found hope, and doing themselves no favours.
When what they should be doing is playing a more positive role, dazzling people with their ideas rather than just attacking Trudeau, and helping keep that hope alive.
But like others, who would bury us in despair again, they will eventually learn their lesson.
For in the place where I live, the message couldn't be clearer...
Canada is back, or at least heading in the right direction.
Hope still lives.
And all who seek to crush it, will themselves be crushed...
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