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June 9, 2009

Canada’s Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper

   

OTTAWA – A new poll suggests that Conservative support has been eroding in a vital Ontario battleground targeted by all three federalist parties.  The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey indicates the lead the Conservatives enjoyed in the 905 area code of southern Ontario during the last campaign has vanished and the Liberals enjoy a substantial advance in the region. The Conservatives, the Liberals and the NDP have focused the majority of their resources on a handful of truly competitive ridings across the country. The 905 horseshoe of suburban ridings around Toronto stretching down to Niagara Falls are among the most hotly contested.  The poll contacted just over 1,000 people between May 28 and June 8 as part of an omnibus phone survey that is considered accurate to within 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.  On a national basis, voter intentions give the Liberals 35 per cent, the Conservatives 31, the NDP 15, the Bloc nine and the Greens eight.  Across Ontario, where the margin of error is higher, the Liberals have a double-digit edge over the Conservatives.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090610/national/poll_tories_slide 

 

  Conservative Premier Stephen Harper has already lost Quebec, and it is no  wonder Harper is afraid, scared  of another federal election..

 

Canada’s Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper seems not to care about helping the poor and needy persons even if they are from Alberta too.

  

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HEY I ONCE HAD WRITTEN A LONG TIME AGO THAT THE TOO OFTEN SELF CENTERED, PROUD PEOPLE OF ALBERTA DO REALLY NEED TO STOP BASHING THE POOR PEOPLE, AND THOSE ON SOCIAL AID, FOR A DAY WILL COME THAT THEY TOO WILL BE NEEDING SOCIAL AID AND THAT DAY HAS COME..

   

Many expected the spring sitting of the Alberta legislature to focus on a projected $4.7-billion deficit, Alberta’s first trip into red ink in a decade and a half…and their job losses that have already outstripped projections by the thousands but it  looks like they want to settle in on a diversionary war with the federal Tories instead. 

 

Don Braid: Tories primed for blue corner bout Calgary Herald – Premier Ed’s Stelmach’s Tory caucus is training to go 15 rounds with the Harper government. A leaked briefing paper shows there aren’t many rules –this is extreme fighting, political style. The 11-page document is a gripe list of problems with Harper’s government, backed by advice for Stelmach’s MLAs on how to handle the issues in public. 

Stelmach has been coming to a boil for months as he watches Harper cavort around Ontario helping the auto industry.

At the same time, the federal government was shorting Alberta by more than $700 million in health transfers– and giving a special payment to Ontario.

Once again it seems that Ottawa will do anything to win the vote-rich provinces, while expecting Alberta to pay the bill.

There’s always some posturing in these Tory battles. Predictably, they flare up when a lot of blame is floating around and the politicians are trying to deflect it.

A recent Ekos poll, for instance, says Albertans show the highest level of discontent–43 per cent –with provincial handling of the economy.

Alberta Tories take aim at brethren Globe and Mail The Harper Conservatives are being taken to task by their provincial Alberta cousins, who say Ottawa is failing to inform them of key government policies, treats the unemployed unfairly and falls short in boosting the oil sands.

 

 

 Alberta Tories shun stumbling economy Vancouver Sun

660 News – Toronto Star – National Post – Calgary Herald

all 17 news articles »

  

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OTTAWA – Money earmarked to support wind energy producers was diverted to research and development in the oil patch in backroom budget wrangling, the minister of natural resources said in a conversation with an aide in January.  Lisa Raitt told aide Jasmine MacDonnell that she suspects Environment Minister Jim Prentice took the money for wind power and redirected it to his Clean Energy Plan – a $1-billion fund for research and development in the oil sands.  The revelation is likely to intensify criticism of the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper as unfriendly to the environment.  Mr. Prentice is the MP for Calgary-Centre North, home to much of Canada’s oil industry. Mr. Harper also represents a Calgary riding.  Ms. Raitt made the comment as she and Ms. MacDonnell were being driven around British Columbia on Jan. 30, a few days after the budget.  The conversation was inadvertently recorded on Ms. MacDonnell’s digital recorder and eventually came into the possession of The Chronicle Herald.  http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/9012123.html

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PMO supports Raitt amid ’embarassing’ controversy CTV.ca –  The controversy surrounding Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt is “embarrassing” for both her and the federal Conservatives..  

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Conservatives also  still tend to be their own worst enemies….  what we’ve mostly seen is yet another borderline disastrous attempt at crisis management. ..   this whole little episode will not restore much of the dwindling confidence in the political judgment of the people calling the shots.   http://www.theglobeandmail.com/blogs/radwanski/their-own-worst-enemies/article1174031/

 

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