Friday, December 09, 2016
The Con Media and Justin Trudeau's Long Honeymoon
Ever since Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Prime Minister, the Con media has been declaring that his political honeymoon is over.
And in recent weeks with the confusion over electoral reform, and the controversial pipeline decision, that clamour has become almost deafening.
With one story after the other declaring that his golden ride was finally over.
But sadly for the Con media it seems they couldn't be more wrong.
Or more desperate.
For according to the latest polls, the honeymoon continues.
Justin Trudeau's Liberals continue to enjoy more support today than they did in the 2015 federal election and have yet to see their poll numbers take a negative turn.
Over the last quarter, the Liberals have averaged 47.9 per cent support in national polls, a marginal gain over the previous quarter but up 8.4 points compared to election night. The Conservatives have averaged 28.7 per cent, down 3.2 points from the election, while the New Democrats have slipped 7.1 points to just 12.6 per cent support nationwide.
And as another poll suggests, Justin Trudeau is by a massive margin, still the preferred prime minister.
More than one of two Canadians (54.0%) say they prefer Trudeau as Prime Minister while 15.5 per cent say they prefer Ambrose, 8.5 per cent prefer Mulcair, 5.3 per cent prefer May and 15.6 per cent were unsure.
And his support is not falling, after a small dip it's soaring again...
Which tells me that the Con media may be trying to please their corporate masters, but they have lost touch with the views of Canadians.
For the inconvenient truth is that most Canadians support Trudeau's attempt to fight climate change while at the same time trying to grow the economy.
Maybe they shouldn't, but they do. They like to have their cake and eat it.
And as for electoral reform, the equally inconvenient truth is that while Canadians say they favour a fairer system and the idea of a referendum, for most it's just not a big priority.
Fully two-thirds (66%) say changing the way the country votes is a “low priority,” though it should be noted that this doesn’t necessarily mean they think changing the system is a bad idea. Rather, it can be seen as an indication of a lack of strong feelings about the issue.
And when it's explained to them that a referendum would almost certainly maintain the present system, I'm sure even more will feel that way.
But most importantly what the Con media, and some of those who exist in the bubble or echo chamber of our social media don't seem to understand, is that the main reason Trudeau and the Liberals are still so popular is because Canadians still believe they best reflect this country's fundamental values.
They believed that a year ago, and today with xenophobia running wild all over the world and some Cons trying to turn Canada into another Trumpland...
The polls suggest they still believe that's true.
And this story about a trip to Ottawa by a group of young Syrian refugees couldn't be more explanatory or more moving in that regard...
For after the nightmare of the Harper years those are the kind of values most Canadians share.
Values are important, they define a country more than anything else.
And this is the kind of prime minister most Canadians still want and admire...
Oh dear, I fear the Cons and the Con media and the usual bunch of old Trudeau haters are going to blow a gasket.
But until the Cons stop destroying themselves, and the NDP can come up with a leader who can inspire Canadians more than Justin Trudeau can.
Which at this point seems doubtful.
His seemingly never ending honeymoon seems poised to continue for a long long time...