Early this afternoon the Harper government will be defeated on a vote in the House of Commons. Then, probably tomorrow morning, Harper will visit the Governor-General. By Sunday morning the leaders’ planes will be in the air heading for the hustings.
In a poll published this morning it would seem that it’s Harper’s election to lose. The Conservatives are now supported by 43 per cent of the voters. They have a 19 point lead over the Liberals who are on 24 per cent. The NDP is at 16 per cent and the Bloc has 10 per cent.
If these figures were to hold up during the six-week campaign, Harper would win the election with a comfortable majority. At dissolution of Parliament, the Tories had 143 seats. They need to win just 12 more to reach the 155-seat mark and get a majority government. Harper has his eyes on 13 more seats – in the suburban area around Toronto and the periphery around Vancouver.
At this point, I confess I don’t know a single person who is planning to vote for Harper. And this despite his very good record on the economy. We are the best-off nation in the G20.
The problem is nobody I know trusts Harper with a majority. They figure he would then bring out his secret agenda (abortion, same-sex marriage, etc) and carpet bomb Canada back into the stone age.
In addition, most people don’t like Harper. They think he is a narcissistic control-freak.
Do you trust Harper?
Should Harper get a majority?
What do you think?