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Canadians prefer Conservative minority to coalition

Tories in good standing for election: poll


 

According to an Ipsos Reid poll, 55 per cent of Canadians would prefer a Conservative minority while 45 per cent who would support a Liberal-NDP coalition if no party were to win a majority. That number drops 6 points to 39 per cent when the possibility of the Bloc Québécois joining the coalition is introduced. Nearly half—48 per cent—of respondents say Stephen Harper is fit to remain as prime minister, 35 per cent backed NDP leader Jack Layton, leaving Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff trailing the competition at 16 per cent support. “[Most Canadians] are not personally inspired by Harper or they don’t like him, but they think he’s a competent manager and feel he’s the right prime minster for the time,” said Bricker. Two-thirds of respondents say Canada’s political process is working “just fine” and feel there is no need for an election.

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Canadians prefer Conservative minority to coalition

  1. Hahahaha ! ROFL – man it just gets better and better … can anyone imagine how it must suck right now to be Iggy ….. What is going to be very interesting is when come the end of the sitting in the house at present.and ther is no election the poor Liberal spinners will be contorting themsleves into new postures of stretching reality to new levels. As I see it right now both Harper and Layton are clearly in the catbird seats and Iggy is going to be left dangling in the wind. Let's face reality folks The Conservative base is tighter than ever and the only room to move is between the LPT and the NDP .. so have at it coaltion lovers becuase the more there is talk of such the more it falls into harper's court to return the volley. I think the real wildcard in all of this are the weird Greens who sign up for the NDP for the election and in between call themsleves Green for the pollster .. strange but seems to be the case .. next stop a nice spring dance for Steven and Jack and one very and I mean very frustrated Liberal leader – I wonder how long before we hear of more – anonymous liberal insider – stories NO DOUBT ABOUT IT :)

  2. Hahahaha ! ROFL – man it just gets better and better … can anyone imagine how it must suck right now to be Iggy ….. What is going to be very interesting is when come the end of the sitting in the house at present.and ther is no election the poor Liberal spinners will be contorting themsleves into new postures of stretching reality to new levels. As I see it right now both Harper and Layton are clearly in the catbird seats and Iggy is going to be left dangling in the wind. Let's face reality folks The Conservative base is tighter than ever and the only room to move is between the LPT and the NDP .. so have at it coaltion lovers becuase the more there is talk of such the more it falls into harper's court to return the volley. I think the real wildcard in all of this are the weird Greens who sign up for the NDP for the election and in between call themsleves Green for the pollster .. strange but seems to be the case .. next stop a nice spring dance for Steven and Jack and one very and I mean very frustrated Liberal leader – I wonder how long before we hear of more – anonymous liberal insider – stories NO DOUBT ABOUT IT :)

  3. I suspect Iggy will cave (again) and we'll wait until 2012 for an election.

    The only reason for him not to do this is to hasten his exit from politics and return to academia.

  4. I suspect Iggy will cave (again) and we'll wait until 2012 for an election.

    The only reason for him not to do this is to hasten his exit from politics and return to academia.

  5. Do not forget though that the latest poll says Canadians do not want an election.

  6. Do not forget though that the latest poll says Canadians do not want an election.

    • Same applied when Harper dissolved Parliament in 2008 in contravention of his own election law.

  7. What? But that can't be!

    What about all the leftie posters on this site saying that 64% of Canadians voted for the coalition?

    Reality bites!

  8. What? But that can't be!

    What about all the leftie posters on this site saying that 64% of Canadians voted for the coalition?

    Reality bites!

    • I don't think many "leftie posters" claim 64% of Canadians voted for the coalition. In point of fact, NOBODY voted for any coalition because that wasn't an option on the ballot; nor do I recall the word coalition ever entering the election campaign.

      What many commenters have pointed out, instead, is that 64% didn't vote for this government. That much is indisputable.

      Reality bites only when it's grounded on facts.

  9. why are people against a coalition? isn't the US really a coalition with 3 parties: house/senate/president? even often very polarized.

  10. why are people against a coalition? isn't the US really a coalition with 3 parties: house/senate/president? even often very polarized.

    • Well…specifically regarding the last episode…probably because people shuddered at the thought of a buffoonish Dion as PM, the potential for Layton being Minister of Labour and the thought of a separatist party pulling the strings behind the scene.

      I suspect that if (let's say) the Con's and Liberals were close in total seat count…and one of them negotiated a deal with the NDP to form a majority coalition, it probably wouldn't raise much fuss.

      Dion's clumsy attempt at (what many perceived) as a "bloodless coup"…left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouth about coalitions.

      • I agree HarveyM : add to what you list the outrageous photo outside the GG's palace immediately after an election – that was the topping on the cake as it completely subverted the will of the canadian voter and made them all look like the fools they were – had the coalition ran in the election on the idea of a coalition as they did in England it may have succeeded however now we will never know because Iggy, Dion and the rest of the Liberal Party have now poisoned their own well – no doubt Harper stills smiles after he eats a kitten in fond in a coaltion whcih would lead to civil war in the west if any party tried to go there and the hilarious bit is that the LPT and the NDP alone don't have the muscle at present so they would have to have the BLOQ sign on hahahahahah :)

        • Where did you get the idea that somebody "ran in the election [in England] on the idea of a coalition"? That conversation only took place after an election that produced what the Brits call a "hung parliament".

          Please do your best to stay with the facts. It does wonders for your credibility.

          • immediately after the election and in public talks between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats and lasted for five days : in canada we had the photo op .. case clsoed and period

          • That's quite different from "running in the election on the idea of a coalition". So now you've revised your analysis to conform to the facts.

            Well done. Keep it up.

      • No – Harper lied about coalitions, demonized them; lied and said a coalition was illegal. He deliberately misled Canadian people about coalitions, and because most people only pay attention to sound bytes (which Harper knows well); they don't bother to investigate, follow up, and find out what a fatfaced liar he is.

        That's why coalitions have left a "bad taste" in Canada. Because Harper is a liar, and M. Jean was a stooge.

        • …and they eat babys.

        • The conservatives are a coalition themselves, made up of the Reform / Alliance party & the PC party. A wee bit of hypocrisy from King Steven???

  11. Well…specifically regarding the last episode…probably because people shuddered at the thought of a buffoonish Dion as PM, the potential for Layton being Minister of Labour and the thought of a separatist party pulling the strings behind the scene.

    I suspect that if (let's say) the Con's and Liberals were close in total seat count…and one of them negotiated a deal with the NDP to form a majority coalition, it probably wouldn't raise much fuss.

    Dion's clumsy attempt at (what many perceived) as a "bloodless coup"…left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouth about coalitions.

  12. I agree HarveyM : add to what you list the outrageous photo outside the GG's palace immediately after an election – that was the topping on the cake as it completely subverted the will of the canadian voter and made them all look like the fools they were – had the coalition ran in the election on the idea of a coalition as they did in England it may have succeeded however now we will never know because Iggy, Dion and the rest of the Liberal Party have now poisoned their own well – no doubt Harper stills smiles after he eats a kitten in fond in a coaltion whcih would lead to civil war in the west if any party tried to go there and the hilarious bit is that the LPT and the NDP alone don't have the muscle at present so they would have to have the BLOQ sign on hahahahahah :)

  13. I don't think many "leftie posters" claim 64% of Canadians voted for the coalition. In point of fact, NOBODY voted for any coalition because that wasn't an option on the ballot; nor do I recall the word coalition ever entering the election campaign.

    What many commenters have pointed out, instead, is that 64% didn't vote for this government. That much is indisputable.

    Reality bites only when it's grounded on facts.

  14. Where did you get the idea that somebody "ran in the election [in England] on the idea of a coalition"? That conversation only took place after an election that produced what the Brits call a "hung parliament".

    Please do your best to stay with the facts. It does wonders for your credibility.

  15. immediately after the election and in public talks between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats and lasted for five days : in canada we had the photo op .. case clsoed and period

  16. That's quite different from "running in the election on the idea of a coalition". So now you've revised your analysis to conform to the facts.

    Well done. Keep it up.

  17. Same applied when Harper dissolved Parliament in 2008 in contravention of his own election law.

  18. More importantly, these are not alternatives. The only two choices, per Harper, are CPC majority or coalition–no CPC minority is in the cards. I knew this to be a lie when he uttered the words, and I'll be proven correct when he clings to power in the face of a 'defeat' (where he is short of a majority).

  19. More importantly, these are not alternatives. The only two choices, per Harper, are CPC majority or coalition–no CPC minority is in the cards. I knew this to be a lie when he uttered the words, and I'll be proven correct when he clings to power in the face of a 'defeat' (where he is short of a majority).

    • I believe the card he's playing is that without a Conservative majority…it opens the door to a Lib/NDP/Bloc coalition…which it does.

      Yes…he's playing on Canadians fear…just like the "Scary Harper" campaign the Lib's have tried 3 times before and are trotting out again for the next election.

      • Yes, the first line of defense, the 'those awful people who shouldn't be in government did the same thing, so it's ok that we do it too' defense.

  20. No – Harper lied about coalitions, demonized them; lied and said a coalition was illegal. He deliberately misled Canadian people about coalitions, and because most people only pay attention to sound bytes (which Harper knows well); they don't bother to investigate, follow up, and find out what a fatfaced liar he is.

    That's why coalitions have left a "bad taste" in Canada. Because Harper is a liar, and M. Jean was a stooge.

  21. A coalition of radical leftists would bankrupt the country in short order, each party would demand more spending for their special interests or threaten to pull out, it would be a nightmare for Canadians.

  22. A coalition of radical leftists would bankrupt the country in short order, each party would demand more spending for their special interests or threaten to pull out, it would be a nightmare for Canadians.

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      • Ad homonym attacks and abortive reasoning. The badges of the partisan left.

    • Isn't that what the conservatives just did?

  23. Ad homonym attacks and abortive reasoning. The badges of the partisan left.

  24. I bow to your mentality. If you are not a Conservative you must be a MORON. You talk with such conviction as if you have already experienced the results of a coalition. Do you really follow the news; instead of listening to what the Conservatives want you to believe? Are we not at present on the verge of bankruptcy? Are we not at present wandering through the highest deficit in Canadian history? Hasn't this government inherited from the Liberals Billions of Dollars SURPLUS when came into power? In the past five years, how many times has Stephen Harper reversed his pledges, with total disregard for democratic tradition, resulting in great loses for Canadian good reputation across the World? If I may suggest, see an eye doctor. He may help you to see the light.

  25. I bow to your mentality. If you are not a Conservative you must be a MORON. You talk with such conviction as if you have already experienced the results of a coalition. Do you really follow the news; instead of listening to what the Conservatives want you to believe? Are we not at present on the verge of bankruptcy? Are we not at present wandering through the highest deficit in Canadian history? Hasn't this government inherited from the Liberals Billions of Dollars SURPLUS when came into power? In the past five years, how many times has Stephen Harper reversed his pledges, with total disregard for democratic tradition, resulting in great loses for Canadian good reputation across the World? If I may suggest, see an eye doctor. He may help you to see the light.

  26. I believe the card he's playing is that without a Conservative majority…it opens the door to a Lib/NDP/Bloc coalition…which it does.

    Yes…he's playing on Canadians fear…just like the "Scary Harper" campaign the Lib's have tried 3 times before and are trotting out again for the next election.

  27. Yes, the first line of defense, the 'those awful people who shouldn't be in government did the same thing, so it's ok that we do it too' defense.

  28. …and they eat babys.

  29. I believe in democracy. The majority of members of Parliament should form the government. Which party they belong to has no relevance.
    BTW, for the last 5 years we've had a coalition. There is nothing wrong with coalitions as long as they make up the majority.

  30. I believe in democracy. The majority of members of Parliament should form the government. Which party they belong to has no relevance.
    BTW, for the last 5 years we've had a coalition. There is nothing wrong with coalitions as long as they make up the majority.

  31. Unless things get really bad, there's no point in changing things. Not only do the (male) leaders of all the parties lack any outstanding qualities, but if you squinted your eyes while looking at them in a police line up, they would all look the same, except that Jack Layton's hair is whiter. Yes, Stephen Harper's boring, but he has proven that a prime minister can govern without a majority. So what should Canadians do come election time? Vote for the candidate in their riding that they like best, regardless of party.

  32. Unless things get really bad, there's no point in changing things. Not only do the (male) leaders of all the parties lack any outstanding qualities, but if you squinted your eyes while looking at them in a police line up, they would all look the same, except that Jack Layton's hair is whiter. Yes, Stephen Harper's boring, but he has proven that a prime minister can govern without a majority. So what should Canadians do come election time? Vote for the candidate in their riding that they like best, regardless of party.

  33. The conservatives are a coalition themselves, made up of the Reform / Alliance party & the PC party. A wee bit of hypocrisy from King Steven???

  34. Isn't that what the conservatives just did?

  35. Harper may not have a great personality but he and his party are the best for the country at this time. Look at how badly the NDP and the present Liberal government in Ontario have almost bankrupted people in Ontario in the past and present. Besides, a coalition government, especially with the Bloc, would collapse like the Berlin wall in short order….

  36. Iggy has the warmth of an ice cube, and will never have enough charisma to ever become prime minister. In reality Iggy is the only one who has a high opinion of Iggy, because everyone else thinks Iggy sucks! He is such a sad sack!

  37. Iggy has the warmth of an ice cube, and will never have enough charisma to ever become prime minister. In reality Iggy is the only one who has a high opinion of Iggy, because everyone else thinks Iggy sucks! He is such a sad sack!

  38. Right wing polls, right wing press. Dont believe it. Do you realize that on Feb 9 of this year 2011, the right wing CRTC made it OK for our news to deliberately misinform the Canadian public? Just so the right wing can win an election? That's power hungry! On that day, Feb. 9, 2011 our Canadian culture died. They did it by decietfully having us all talking about a 25 year old Dire Straits song. Our news channels are now going to report like FOX News but it will be a gradual change and it is starting with this election campaign. I am scared for Canada's future. My Dad fought on D-Day, and was wounded five times for our freedom and I don't want to lose that.

  39. Right wing polls, right wing press. Dont believe it. Do you realize that on Feb 9 of this year 2011, the right wing CRTC made it OK for our news to deliberately misinform the Canadian public? Just so the right wing can win an election? That's power hungry! On that day, Feb. 9, 2011 our Canadian culture died. They did it by decietfully having us all talking about a 25 year old Dire Straits song. Our news channels are now going to report like FOX News but it will be a gradual change and it is starting with this election campaign. I am scared for Canada's future. My Dad fought on D-Day, and was wounded five times for our freedom and I don't want to lose that.

  40. I would certainly prefer Mr. Harper over anything to do with Iggy.
    Have you notice lately,he looks like a preacher gone awry???

  41. I would certainly prefer Mr. Harper over anything to do with Iggy.
    Have you notice lately,he looks like a preacher gone awry???

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