Globe goes Postal
Has Conrad Black secretly taken over the Globe, or have its editors simply lost their minds? At the very least, the Globe braintrust's sense of perspective has gone missing. Those daily front-page polls - conducted by Tory symp Allen Gregg, no less - pushing a Harper win and salivating at the prospect are an embarrassment to a paper that's supposed to be leading the journalistic pack. Responsible journalism? Wouldn't know it from the soft touch Harper's very questionable platform is getting in the Globe. Instead, we're treated to stories of poor Stevie's debilitating asthma, as if that will make him seem more human. No mention of the mascara, though.
Harp's Freaky Friends
Speaking of scary, consider the tidbit the Libs are circulating about Harper's fundraising speech last March for the Richmond, BC-based anti-abortion and anti-gay Canadian Alliance for Social Justice and Family Values Association. The group's July-August newsletter features a caricature of Paul Martin receiving an award from a Hitler look-alike for "the destruction of Canada's foundational institution [the family]." Charming.
Sinking Sam Bulte
The auditorium at Parkdale Collegiate was filled to the rafters at the January 16 all-candidates meet for Parkdale-High Park, where Grit incumbent Sam Bulte is in a tough fight against NDPer Peggy Nash. When the on-again, off-again stage lights weren't blinding the candidates they were casting dark shadows over Bulte's "it's about values" pitch. Strange messaging from a member of a scandal-plagued government. Curious, too, was Bulte's dekeing around the Grits' broken waterfront promises. But she certainly looked polished delivering her message, even if the odd plant brought in from her campaign to lob easy questions her way proved a bit embarrassing. In this artist-rich riding, Cowboy Junkie Margo Timmins's endorsement won't hurt. But the fact that Bulte has been mostly absent showed in her responses to questions on local issues. Is Sam sunk? We'll see election day.
And the winner is...
Despite polls predicting a Tory majority, one Vancouver-based software company, Prime Minister Forever, has crunched the numbers 50 times to predict a minority government, with the Tories winning 112 seats, the Liberals 96, the Bloc 66, the NDP 33, and one independent. The firm used a similar system to predict Bush would win the U.S. presidential election with 280-plus clectoral college votes. Good news for the NDP. The Election Prediction Project, meanwhile, gives the Tories 97 seats, the Liberals 77, the Bloc 55 and the NDP 17, with 66 ridings too close to call.