05.07.2018 12:23 PM

Pollara’s Don Guy: Horwath’s NDP “has a lot of room to grow,” Wynne’s Liberals “aren’t even close to bottom yet”

That’s a quote from Dalton McGuinty’s campaign genius Don Guy.

Abacus just found something similar – PCs down 5, NDP up 5, Libs going nowhere.

Here’s Don – who, full disclosure, has been one of my best friends for two decades, and under whose leadership Pollara is a Daisy client supplier – making some observations that should make the Wizard’s blood run cold:

Don Guy, who succeeded Michael Marzolini as owner of Pollara last year and who was a chief of staff to former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty a decade ago, said the poll results are “pretty tough, if you’re a Liberal.”

Guy said the last time he saw polling perceptions as bad as what he’s measured for Wynne was in Brian Mulroney’s last days as prime minister. “The last time we saw this kind of unrealized potential for the NDP was in 1990, an election it eventually won. And the last time we saw this kind of alignment on leadership attributes and issues in favour of a PC leader was Mike Harris in 1995,” when Harris’s Progressive Conservatives defeated the one-term NDP premier Bob Rae.

None of this surprises me, really: (a) I’ve felt for more than a year that Kathleen needed to take a walk in the snow, (b) her expensive campaign Wizard and his Board should be fired, and (c) there needed to be an aggressive recruitment of new ideas and new blood. They didn’t do any of that.

The writing, as Pollara and Abacus make clear, is on the wall. The only question is whether the writing is orange or blue.


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    Ronald O'Dowd says:


    Of course, I’m smiling!

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    Liz Snelgrove says:

    There’s still plenty of time for the PC’s to mess up. Will Ford’s purging of TGA result in her supporters voting Alliance and if so, will that even cause a dent in the PC’s numbers? Personally, I think he did the right thing by getting rid of her.

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      Adam says:

      If they do that, they might also splinter to the Trillium Party, which enjoys more prominence than the Alliance Party (I had to look them up, it sounded like the Canadian Alliance) due to currently having a sitting MPP — although I would hazard a guess that MacLaren will probably get defeated one way or another.

      And of course, some more will still stick with the PCs due to seeing the party as the most convenient route to power for their views. But if the PCs falter and fall back, then the hard-right social conservatives will probably go nuts calling for Ford’s ouster.

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