I can only imagine how Erin O'Toole must be feeling. He was only eight-years-old when he told his classmates he was going to be Prime Minister.
And now he must be feeling he's almost there.
The Liberals and Conservatives are now running in a statistical dead heat, as Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole continues to gain momentum as a candidate among initially hesitant Canadians, according to nightly tracking conducted by Nanos Research for CTV News and the Globe and Mail.
But sadly for him, it looks like that giddy feeling is not going to last long.
The clock is already striking midnight.
And other polls are already more favourable to the Liberals are popping up all over the place…
And then there's this little nugget buried in that Abacus poll.
About two-thirds of Conservative, BQ, and Liberal supporters say their mind is made up (69%, 67%, and 63%), while less than half of NDP (47%) and Green (42%) supporters say they are locked into their choice.
Among these soft NDP and Green supporters, 79% would prefer Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister over Erin O’Toole and 83% would prefer some form of Liberal government while 17% would prefer a Conservative government of some form.
Which suggests that large numbers of NDP and Green supporters are already prepared to jump to the Liberals to avoid a Con government.
Especially now that the Cons have made the survival of medicare an issue, by taking aim at this video.
Canada's public, universal health care system is one of our greatest strengths. It's part of what makes us who we are as a country. Last year, as COVID-19 raged, Erin O'Toole was asked if he would bring private, "for-profit" healthcare to Canada. He responded unequivocally: yes. pic.twitter.com/dISRKrIjr0— Chrystia Freeland (@cafreeland) August 22, 2021
Claiming the Liberals had edited it to make it look like he didn't support medicare.
Only to have O'Toole end up admitting that he favours a two-tier medical system.
Responding to Liberal claims that a government led by him would privatize parts of the public health-care system, Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole said Tuesday that he supports the current system — but wants to see more private sector "innovation" to improve outcomes.
And as for his claim that “I support a public and universal system. Full stop.”It was given a Truth Test, and once again the loser O'Toole failed miserably.