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Polls show that approximately 70% of Canadians do NOT want Harper to get re-elected. He keeps getting back in because of the vote split between the two main opposition parties to him.

 

The political attack ads that Harper utilizes on his political opponents are very reminiscent of the kind of ads associated with the Republican Party. So far his opponents have held off on using the same kind of ads but there are two and a half weeks to go in an extraordinarily close race.

 

Recent polls taken show that the October 19th election is too close to call, though Harper and the Conservatives have been inching up in them lately. A few weeks ago they were in third place, now they're in first - barely.

 

Barack Obama is very popular among Canadians, who, in a recent poll taken, also indicated a strong preference for the Democratic Party, as opposed to the Republican, in the U.S..

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Tom, I hope that there are strong laws in Canada that prohibit candidates or parties from receiving monies from outside of the country. This is the Canadian people deciding who they want to represent them and run their country. I would hate to think that outsiders like the billionaire Koch brothers could corrupt the election process like they do in the U.S.  The Canadian  people can see what a mess the right wing is making of America, surely they don't want that to happen in their country.

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Tom, I hope that there are strong laws in Canada that prohibit candidates or parties from receiving monies from outside of the country.

I haven't heard anything about foreign donations to Canadians parties. It certainly isn't an issue here that gets any press coverage that I have seen. Perhaps someone else can answer your question, mrroberts.

 

In two polls released today it appears that Harper and the Conservatives have opened a lead over the two opposition parties, the Liberals and the NDP. The Conservatives now have 34 per cent, as opposed to a 27 per cent tie between the other two parties. There is still, however, as much as 17 per cent that have not yet decided.

 

Commentators are pointing to the niqab issue as the reason for this Conservative rise in the polls, the niqab being the face covering worn by Muslim women during citizenship ceremonies. The Conservatives are fighting a court ruling which agreed with a Muslim woman who had appealed a government ban on the niqab. The two opposition parties argue that this is an example of the Prime Minister stoking divisions and appealing to his conservative base of voters.

 

There is an undercurrent of anti-Muslim resentment in parts of Canada (residents of Quebec are particularly opposed to the niqab, where Harper's polls have now increased). The Prime Minister of Canada stokes the fires of this prejudice very skilfully for his own political gain.

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Still a nail-biter. Hope to see Harper and the conservatives make a surge at the end. 

 

http://www.electionalmanac.com/ea/canada/

I assume that this is your desire, Jake, because you think it will be better for American business interests.

 

Harper was doing poorly in the polls (third place for a while) when the headline emphasis was upon the meager jobs growth in Canada under his watch, the fact that Canada was in recession for the first six months this year, Senate scandals, as well as his cold response to accepting Syrian refugees into the country. Harper needed a hot button issue to stir up fears and passions and take the public's mind off his political record.

 

Since then he and the Conservatives have exploited the Islamophobia in sections of Canada (particularly Quebec) by insisting upon a ban of the covered facial veil that some Muslim women have worn at citizenship ceremonies. He is also speculating about passing a new law forbidding any Muslim civil servants from wearing a veil when dealing with the public. (I heard that approximately one percent of civil servants are Muslim women), He is shamelessly stoking fears of the "unknown" that goes with foreigners and Muslims, in particular, among some Canadians.

 

His main two party opponents' attitudes have been that a woman has the right to wear a veil across her face for religious or cultural reasons, no matter what the rest of us may think about it. We, as Canadian citizens, should have no right to dictate to another Canadian citizen (or soon-to-be citizen) about a facial veil, particularly when that veil is doing no one any harm.

 

Thomas Mulcair of the NDP has taken a huge hit at the polls because of his honourable stand because most of his political support is in Quebec. Justin Trudeau, of the Liberals, said that no election win is worth it if it involves pitting Canadians against Canadians.

 

Harper's blatantly political games playing at the expense of Muslims is making it increasingly more uncomfortable for Muslims in our country. One Muslim woman (born and raised in Canada) who wears a veil reports in the Toronto Star that she has been getting looks and comments from people in the public including "go back home" that she didn't get before Harper started to talk about the niqab (the veil) in his campaign. Other Muslim women wearing veils also spoke of their increasing discomfort since Harper started his anti-niqab rhetoric.

 

An editorial in The Toronto Star (never a fan of Harper, admittedly) today has an editorial entitled "Can Harper Stoop Lower?"

 

Stephen Harper, in my opinion, does not have the moral authority to continue to be Prime Minister of Canada

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I assume that this is your desire, Jake, because you think it will be better for American business interests.

 

I'm not one to comment on another country and its domestic affairs. But if I were a Canadian citizen, I think it's highly likely I'd vote a straight ticket for Harper and his conservative party.

 

Have a great evening.

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Polls show that approximately 70% of Canadians do NOT want Harper to get re-elected. He keeps getting back in because of the vote split between the two main opposition parties to him.

 

Ralph Nader is such a smart man. He was on 'The Agenda' last week and Steve Paiken asked him why he thought that Harper kept getting elected with only about 1/3 of the electorate voting for him. Without the least hesitation Nader responded "first past the post".

 

Which is entirely correct. Ralph, an American, understands the Canadian situation - which impressed me. Now that Canada has so many parties splitting the vote in our Parliamentary Democracy, it's imperative that we switch to a representational parliament that reflects that voting. "First past the post" is skewing the results to give too many seats to a party with only the support of a third of the electorate. The other two thirds are being dis-serviced by it.

 

Of course, to tackle the issue, first we have to change the majority party so that the proposal can be put forth. So, here's hoping for that.

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Have a great evening.

Thanks, Jake, but it won't be one for me on October 19 if Harper wins again.

 

Latest polls released today have a neck and neck race between the Conservatives and Liberals, but with the Liberals now surging in Ontario and, surprisingly, Quebec, as the NDP vote is falling further behind. This is not a good sign for Harper but he has proven to be a masterful manipulator of people's emotions (not that that makes him different from a lot of other politicians, of course, except that he's better at it than most).

 

I'm half expecting the Conservatives to pull some kind of "surprise" in the final days of the campaign (a leak to the media of some kind about Justin Trudeau, for example) to try to have the Liberals on the defensive. It's the black art of politics and it can get pretty ugly at times.

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. It's the black art of politics and it can get pretty ugly at times.

And of course Liberals never do anything like that. Perfect Angeles.

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And of course Liberals never do anything like that. Perfect Angeles.

The Conservatives under Harper have specialized in attack ads ever since he came to power in 2006. He is always in partisan campaign mode even between elections. For two years now they have spent a fortune on TV and radio ads portraying Justin Trudeau of the Liberals as a callow youth not ready for leadership. (TWO YEARS!). Those ads have continued throughout the campaign on both television and radio.

 

The Liberals, by contrast to Harper, have had upbeat campaign ads of what they offer Canadians (their theme "Real Change"). They have had no personal attack ads of any kind.

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The Conservatives under Harper have specialized in attack ads ever since he came to power in 2006. He is always in partisan campaign mode even between elections. For two years now they have spent a fortune on TV and radio ads portraying Justin Trudeau of the Liberals as a callow youth not ready for leadership. (TWO YEARS!). Those ads have continued throughout the campaign on both television and radio.

 

They brought Republican advisers up from the U.S. to teach them how to make negative attacks work. Canada was far more civilized in its political advertising before Harper took over the Reform Party and amalgamated it with what was left of the PC's.

 

Money is no object to winning with the right-wing, and there's no such thing as dishonorable conduct for them. Anything goes - and I mean anything, no matter how sneaky, dirty or dishonest.

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They brought Republican advisers up from the U.S. to teach them how to make negative attacks work.

Not just Republican.

 

In September the Conservatives, with their campaign appearing to be floundering, brought aboard Lynton Crosby, described as an Australian campaign fixer. He was behind four consecutive victories of Australian PM John Howard, as well as David Cameron in the U.K. last May.

 

Crosby has been called "a master of the dark political arts."

 

From the National Post regarding Crosby:

 

The term “dog-whistle politics” is said to have originated in Australia in response to the tactics used by the Crosby-led Howard campaign team. The term refers to the use of code words that seem benign to the general populace but which are intended to send veiled messages — typically racist or otherwise distasteful messages — to target voters.

 

Lynton Crosby has also been linked to tactics that have rallied voters fearful of immigration and crime behind the campaigns he advises.

 

It is since Crosby came aboard the Conservative ship that Harper has targeted Muslim women and their veils and, with that, his poll numbers have increased.

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A Nanos Research Poll, conducted October 9 to 11, on voter intentions for the October 19th Canadian election had the following results:

 

Liberals 35.7%

Conservatives 28.9%

NDP 24.3%

 

Mind you, the polls have been all over the map, but, they do agree that it now appears to be a two party race (after being a tight three party one for most of the campaign). Soft NDP support seems to be going to the Liberals, who appear to be surging.

 

Yesterday Harper was campaigning in three Ontario ridings that were already held by his candidates. This appears to be a clear case of trying to shore up his old ridings for fear of losing them, rather than concentrating on taking ridings from his opponents.

 

It will be a hectic final week, with a large target on the back of Justin Trudeau of the Liberals. The Liberals started this campaign in third place but Trudeau has proven to be a good campaigner, far exceeding the expectations of most commentators and his two party opponents. He was particularly impressive in the five leaders debates held. Most commentators say that all three party leaders held their own in the first four debates, while Trudeau was declared the winner of the final debate by a number of observers.

 

I'm holding my breath that there will be no lowball politics by the Harper right wing in the final days of this campaign, with some kind of personal smear on Trudeau.

 

For those who regard this as a cynical observation, I would like to point out that during the last election, held in 2011, the NDP, under leader Jack Layton, had an unexpected surge of support as the campaign wound down, enough to jettison them to become official Opposition for the first time in their party's history. Every other time they have always come in third place.

 

With only three or four days to go before the vote, however, a Sun Media outlet (a known Conservative supporter and the closest that Canada has to Fox News) released a report that Layton had visited a Toronto massage parlour 15 years before when he was a city councillor. It was reported that he had been found in a "bawdy house" by that outlet.

 

Layton's personal numbers actually jumped after that report, voters perceiving that the report (and, particularly, its timing) was an obvious political smear. Nevertheless, that is the way that the right wing has been capable of operating since Harper came to power. Hopefully they won't resort to the same kind of gutter tactics against Trudeau this week.

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The Conservatives currently have a television advertisement playing this week which, of course, extolls their virtues as a political party. At one point in it, though, a smiling Stephan Harper (a divisive figure in Canada) says that the other parties would rather talk about him than the economy.

 

I marvel at this man's spectacular hypocrisy. His party has spent untold millions on personal attack ads on Liberal leader Justin Trudeau for the last two years!

 

 

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Let's hope Canada can do better than a scion of a playboy. Harper and the conservatives still strong.

 

http://www.electionalmanac.com/ea/canada/

You'd be a welcome addition to Team Harper with a dismissive slur like that, Jake. They'd like your style.

 

Among his other accomplishments as Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau passed into law in 1984 the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a bedrock of the Canadian constitution. It enhances the protections of Canadians, designed by Trudeau to protect them against laws passed by future governments that could threaten their existing rights and freedoms.

 

Laws passed can be challenged in court based on the Charter of Rights, and many have been shot down as a result of it. Harper, probably the most controlling PM that Canada has ever had, hates the Charter of Rights because he wants his laws passed (rammed through for the last four years by his majority government) to be the final say. Harper intensely dislikes both Trudeaus and anything Liberal, a political party he would love to destroy. With Harper, politics is strictly a blood sport.

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TomJH:

 

The Constitution Act, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was enacted in 1982 (not 1984).

 

Harper has certainly tried to chip away at the Charter since his time in power. Good thing that P.E. Trudeau had legal scholars who ensured that the Charter's values and substance would survive beyond...

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TomJH:

 

The Constitution Act, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was enacted in 1982 (not 1984).

 

 

Thanks for the correction, Violet.

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You'd be a welcome addition to Team Harper with a dismissive slur like that, Jake. They'd like your style.

 

Among his other accomplishments as Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau passed into law in 1984 the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a bedrock of the Canadian constitution. It enhances the protections of Canadians, designed by Trudeau to protect them against laws passed by future governments that could threaten their existing rights and freedoms.

 

Laws passed can be challenged in court based on the Charter of Rights, and many have been shot down as a result of it. Harper, probably the most controlling PM that Canada has ever had, hates the Charter of Rights because he wants his laws passed (rammed through for the last four years by his majority government) to be the final say. Harper intensely dislikes both Trudeaus and anything Liberal, a political party he would love to destroy. With Harper, politics is strictly a blood sport.

 

First order of business -undo what Harper has done. Get back to being Canada again instead of just some Republican farm team with no direction ahead but down.

 

When I think of what an awesome position we were in after the long and fiscally expert Liberal administrations under Chretien-Martin, and the deficit-ridden fascist state that Harper has going today, I can do nothing but weep for what should have been if only the Liberals had known how to pick a leader ten years back.

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Elections Canada says that 2.4 million Canadians cast their votes in the first three days of advanced polls, a 16% increase over the advanced polling period in the last election.

 

When I voted last Friday (thought I'd be in and out within ten minutes when I went), I was surprised by the lineups. It took about 45 minutes before I could finally cast my vote. But it was worth it.

 

I overheard the people standing in front of me saying, "We gotta get rid of Harper." No kidding. I really did!

 

With the apparent greater interest being shown by Canadians in the results of this election, can these be signs of the winds of change?

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With the Liberals continuing to do well in three more polls released today (6 to 7 percent ahead of the Conservatives in all of them), for the first time I heard some media speculation on the long shot possibility of the party winning by majority government.

 

Harper appears to be in considerable trouble now, but you can't count him out.

 

Not surprisingly, the political attack ads on Trudeau are relentless these days.

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I just started reading the October issue of Harper's (no

relation of course), and there is a very critical but

humorous article about Stephen Harper. The title of

the piece is The Nixon of the North. Ouch.

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Conservatives' dirty tricks (robo-calls, lying to voters about where to vote etc.) were found out after the last election so they had to come up with something new to try to keep non-Conservatives from the process this time - the result being the 'Fair Elections Act' - a page taken from Republican playbooks that look for ways to prevent non-Conservatives from voting by adding more rules of identification.

 

Predictable results happening now:

 

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/voters-blame-harder-time-casting-ballots-on-new-id-232257647.html

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Stephen Harper's desperation is showing on the campaign trail.

 

The last couple of days he has indulged in some cheesy antics presenting himself as some kind of game show emcee. He will have a Conservative supporter drop money, one bill at a time, down on a table, it adding up, and supposedly representing the kind of money that Canadian voters will lose if they elect a Liberal government.

 

He has also appeared at a campaign rally with both Rob Ford, and his brother Doug, giving him endorsements. Rob Ford may be America's favourite Canadian politician but he is a highly divisive figure. After all, Harper represents himself as a law and order candidate and he is receiving an endorsement from an admitted crack user in Ford. No contradiction there?

 

The Ford brothers will also be present at a campaign rally Saturday for Harper. Trudeau has attacked Harper for having the Ford brothers on a federal campaign trail, saying he should be embarrassed to have them there.

 

Excerpts are now coming out in the media on a new book about Rob Ford, with more embarrassments about his dysfunctional home life in which he, apparently, among other things, threatened to put three bullets in his wife's head. Difficult to see how Harper gains by emphasizing this association.

 

A CBC reporter, Robert Fife, also now reports that he overheard Harper previously refer to the Ford brothers as a "pair of losers."

 

Of note, the bombastic Doug Ford has speculated in the past on running as Conservative party leader if Harper retires.

 

Trudeau is also on the hot seat, though, over a campaign co-chairman, now just resigned, who had offered email advice to an oil company on how to lobby a potential Liberal government. This is the first major blunder of the Liberal campaign but its timing is bad, coming just days before the election.

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