Friday, March 11, 2011

Why Wait?

That seems to be the question that should be asked about the electoral calculations. The media seems to be focused on "Why would they?". Pundits seem to, for the most part, fall into the "Liberals don't want an election" camp, or the "Liberals do want an election and they're nuts for it" camp.

Andrew Coyne and Paul Wells touch on my thoughts in their latest podcast, apparently the Liberal braintrust's thoughts as well. The simple fact of the matter is that outside of an election campaign Conservatives are able to, and do, saturate Canadian media with partisan advertising using public money. Their sleaziness in so-doing is something to behold, and we've had the chance to do just that over the past couple weeks. This certainly won't get better after the next budget, why would it?

Every day we wait until an election is a day that the CPC gets to play the game with an advantage. It's especially rough on Ignatieff who most Canadians, still, have not been exposed to outside of the odd media narrative that has been created for him.

Like Steve V, I have a bit of hope for a strong showing by the LPC in the next election, but that doesn't matter. What does matter is that it's not going to get any easier for them.


  1. "This certainly won't get better after the next budget, why would it?"

    According to the live blog of yesterday's Government Operations committee meeting, a post budget wave of government advertising is already being prepared.

  2. We need to go now, and hope for enough votes between the Opposition parties to change the rules and create a level playing field for everyone - as I noted in this post:

  3. Good post. I've had a hard time seeing the other point of view on campaign financing. We have a nice range of examples on campaign financing laws, and some people seem enamored with the American system, which strikes me as being screwed up beyond belief.

  4. The polls are junk by junkies who have OD on Harper nonsense. Two signs the polls ain't for real: the Cons know their own junk, and so they don't cheer. The big sign is that Cons are not priming for an election.

    We're not going to have an election until summer 2013, or the Bloc, Libs and NDP all show up and vote against Harper. For the Bloc, why? Extra work and extra risk to get 4 or 5 more seats... nah, not going to happen.

  5. Prentice, then Day... say haven't we seen this movie?

    No? C'mon this is the movie where the supporting actors leave one by one...

    Ah... ya and then the Leading Actor leaves. Okay a different movie but still the support guys are leaving. Who's next?