Musings —03.11.2015 09:13 AM—
[Here. My Mom and her art group will be happy to see me in the Whig. I think.]
SECURITY: Since fall 2014, when two Canadian Forces members were killed by jihadists, our politics have been dominated by a vigorous debate about terror – and Prime Minister Stephen Harper is winning that debate. Polls say the Conservative leader’s approach is supported by four in five Canadians. Meanwhile, conservatives always tend to sound more credible on issues like security/terror. If this is the ballot question, Harper will win.
ECONOMY: Interest rates may be low, and unemployment rates, too – but Joe and Jane Frontporch are nervous. Our retail sector and oil patch are in trouble, and a lot of our new jobs are of the temporary, part-time variety. Polls show Canadians feel Canada is heading in the “wrong direction” — mainly because of economic jitters. If the economy is the election issue, Harper’s re-election doesn’t look so clear cut.
HEALTH CARE: Historically, health care always tends to be the number one issue in public opinion polls. But not this year. Security and the economy still dominate. If either fade, look for this issue to favour Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau – because Liberals are seen as more credible when it comes to protecting our health care system.