I am appaled that Project Democracy projects that the NDP will come in second to the Tories in Pontiac.
I don't know where they get their data but this kind of information is bound to split the vote and make sure that Cannon is reelected.
I have sent them an email but don't expect an answer.
Has anyone gotten a link to any poll in the past 1-2 days (or one upcoming tomorrow -- Sunday) that has actually touched directly upon Pontiac voters?
If so, could you please share the link?
(As an aside, the CPAC profile of this riding, aired yesterday and was both overweighted toward the CRAP coalition candidate, and very poorly translated (if my lip-reading skill is still intact)...and if it repeats, don't waste your 1/2 hour to watch it.)
This one came out, yesterday - just click on the New Riding Specific Polls link:
And here's an article about a riding poll that came out yesterday, commissed by CROP-La Presse:
Both look very promising for the NDP.
Hope this helps.
Thanks Alexia (and to all who contributed to this civil group discussion);
Pontiac certainly was a shock to me...(and I’d like to check the individual poll results to see from where the surge came to put Mathieu so far over the top)...the good news being that we’re no longer “Cannon-fodder”.
Toby, here are my thoughts about this:
Thanks for your facebook posting Alexia -- below are my considered thoughts as a counter-balance:
I admire people who can find lots of semi-positives in what I assess, based upon my almost 7 decades of life on this small planet, as mostly negatives -- or (in the case of this election), as the beginning of a much more negative series of decisions/actions/aggressions against the programs/values/principles and outcomes that most Canadians say we value.
By 'most Canadians', I mean the 60% of us who voted yesterday for other parties, plus the 40% who didn't vote for anyone but especially not for the CRAP coalition -- which means the CRAP "won" their absolute majority of seats with only about 27% of the total potential electorate having cast a ballot for them to govern in accordance with their stated (and clearly demonstrated) ideology/principles, comtemptable political tactics and strategies.
I do agree that there are many other fronts on which to wage progressive counter-measures, and I accept that looking through certain micro-lens can give us pictures that look more positive (than if we step back to look at what's happening broadly)...and we all need to do this from time to time to maintain sanity in an insane world.
I just think that for big-picture, long-term parallels of the impacts this 'new' administration is likely to have on our global environment, and on the people who live and work in this country, and on our future 'wellness/happiness index',
we don't have to look too much further than the Regan (or Bush II, or Thatcher, or other similar western conservative idealogues' administrations) to see how easy it will be for the CRAP to bankrupt the federal treasury, privatize many qunitessential Canadian social programs (medicare et al), subsidize the profits of the military-industrial sector with our taxes and with younger Canadian lives, de-regulate the resource extraction and other corporate sectors, etc., etc.,
-- and thereby make almost impossible any return to the quality/level of services from their government that Canadians who continue to need these services had enjoyed over the past two generations...even assuming that the CRAP only hold onto this majority for one term. No successor government will have the resources necessary to rectify much of the government and civil society dismantling that I suspect will soon begin to unfold here (as it had similarly unfolded elsewhere).
That's enough of my ranting for now -- let's all enjoy the small positives while we can.