- Please, God, make it stop: The endless, never-ceasing, interminable [fill in your own synonym - ed.] preoccupation with the coalition stuff – here and here and here and here - is going to send an entire despairing nation to the medicine cabinet. It’s worse than boring – it’s completely irrelevant. On the list of issues with which Canadian are preoccupied, is “coalition” even in the Top Five? No, it is not. This subject has become a classic case of North of the Queensway – you know, Ottawa politicians talking all about the things that matter to them, and not at all about the things that matter to the Canadians they allegedly serve. The politician(s) who shift the discourse to jobs and whatnot will benefit. But who will?
- And now, let me completely contradict myself: My friend Tom Flanagan shows, once again, why (a) he’s honest and (b) he ain’t a monkey to Harper’s organ grinder (Tim Hudak and Lisa MacLeod are that). Said Flanagan, on Stephen Harper’s hypocrisy/dishonesty on forming a Conservative/NDP/Bloc coalition government: “I can’t see what other point there would have been in writing the letter [to the G.G.] except to remind everybody that it was possible to change the government in that set of circumstances without an election.” Ipso facto, Harper is lying his face off; so says his campaign manager. Take the coalition club away from him, as Gilles Duceppe is doing, and beat the Hell out of him with it. It’ll work.
- Grit mistake of the day: Liberal MP John McCallum veers wildly off-course, and people notice. Repeat after Michael, John: no new taxes, no new taxes, no new taxes…
- Tory mistake of the day: The ineffable Ms. Glover, who regards seniors – purportedly a key Tory demographic – as past their “expiry date.” Wow.
- Cons start to resemble actual cons: A senior Conservative staffer, under RCMP investigation, is permitted to work on the Conservative campaign. Yet more evidence that these guys don’t think the rule of law applies to them.
- Stupidest election promise of all time: Promising something that – best case – no one will see in half a decade, if ever. The Conservatives looked completely ridiculous with this income-splitting thing. Whether it’s a good idea or not, no one is like to ever benefit from it. Ever. I can’t believe the same guys who came up with the smart retail platform stuff in 2006 and 2008 came up with a load of bollocks like this. What’s next? A pony for every little girl? Probably.
- For whom the poll tolls: Harris-Decima comes up with the sort of gap that Ipsos, and others, have been finding since last week, right here. What would worry me, if I were in the Grit war room – which, I can again assure various fellow Beach dog walkers I AM NOT – is the comparative strength of the NDP. They’re in your rear-view mirror, Iggy. Go Left.
- Winner of the day: Ignatieff. Conservatives and Dippers won’t want to hear it, but he is getting big crowds at his rallies, he’s getting his message out, and Libs aren’t nearly as gloomy as you might expect. Thus my column in today’s Sun – when you knock a guy down too far, he has nowhere to go but up.
- Loser of the day: Harper. He didn’t expect that his favourite campaign chestnut, the coalition scare, would be used against him. On TV, he looked rattled and surprised. As Lawrence Martin wrote in today’s Globe: “Stephen Harper didn’t bank on the rush of publicity surrounding the 2004 letter that he had signed, the one showing he was prepared to join other parties to form an alternative – though he wasn’t calling it a coalition – to the Paul Martin government. As a result, he’s been hit with the label “Harper the hypocrite.”
- Pic of the day: From the income splitting non-announcement. My question: why aren’t those kids in school, Steve? Are you soft on school attendance?
Unidentified children pray for a Conservative victory, because then they won’t need to attend math class anymore.
Meanwhile, Harper announces he will be using a pull wagon as his campaign bus.