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Morning memo: October 6


 

BEST PHOTO:

POLL OF THE DAY:

The latest Canadian Press/Harris Decima poll shows Conservative support taking a sharp dive, likely as a result of Stephen Harper’s hands-off approach to dealing with the economy. Liberal support, on the other hand is on an upswing, though Stéphane Dion’s team remains far behind Harper’s.

Conservatives: 32%

Liberals: 25%

NDP: 21%

Green: 12%

Bloc Québécois: 8%

BEST QUOTES:

Stephen Harper, making a vague pledge to act on the economy should he deem it necessary: “We have other plans, other proposals, if we have to help the banking system if there are problems in the rest of the world that affect us. But I think we’re in a better position than others. I am optimist, but I think I am also a realist.”

Stéphane Dion, momentarily shifting his focus to a rival not named Harper: “If you were worried about your savings, your pension, your mortgages, if you were worried about your jobs, then think twice before voting for Jack Layton.”

Jack Layton, on Brig.-Gen. Mark Carleton-Smith’s grim assessment of the military mission in Afghanistan: “I’m heartened by the words of this senior military commander who is adding his voice to those many, many Canadians and others around the world who believe that the prosecution of the continued war effort has got to be changed.”

Gilles Duceppe, a day after calling Stephen Harper a “liar,” a “cheater,” and a man who “lacks both judgement and a moral sense” during a stump speech in St-Hyacinthe: “I don’t want to demonize [Harper]. Everything I said was based on fact.”

GAFFE OF THE DAY:

It’s hard to think of it as a simple gaffe, but the spate of vandalism targeting Liberal supporters in Toronto is easily the most deplorable scene of the campaign so far. Along with leaving anti-Liberal graffiti on neighbourhood homes, vandals cut the brake lines of several cars in the city’s St-Paul’s and Parkdale-High Park ridings over the weekend The only apparent link between the victims was the presence of pro-Liberal signs outside their homes. There are no indications those responsible are affiliated with one party or another; however, should evidence of a link arise, the perpetrators will have done irreparable harm to their party’s campaign, not to mention the damage they’ve already done to the democratic process itself.

WHERE THEY’RE AT TODAY:

Stephen Harper is campaigning in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.

Stéphane Dion is out west, with appearances scheduled for Sidney and Victoria, B.C.

Jack Layton, like Dion, is in British Columbia, where he’ll visit Vancouver and Surrey.

Elizabeth May is campaigning in her Nova Scotia riding of Central Nova.

Gilles Duceppe‘s tour will take him to Montreal, Sherbrooke, and Magog.


 
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Morning memo: October 6

  1. Jonathan,

    That is a good photo. Caught them trying instead of posing. And the composition is pleasing. Did you crop it?

  2. ““We have other plans, other proposals, if we have to help the banking system if there are problems in the rest of the world that affect us. But I think we’re in a better position than others. I am optimist, but I think I am also a realist.”

    Perhaps Harper should consider going back to his our-economic-fundamentals-remain-strong line. Seriously now… Where did this guy get his economics degree from?

  3. Interesting difference betwen this sweater shot and one of Harper wearing a sweater. This one looks natural and not contrived – could it be of a real person and not a robot?

  4. Yup – and you can tell he’s played this game before – right hand WAY up the handle – doesn’t want to lose his knuckles…

  5. Tory press room issues statement claiming Dion beating up on kids who took up playing hockey only as a result of the Tory tax credit for sports.

  6. Gaffe of the Day

    Similar behaviour, cut brake lines and graffiti, happened here in Guelph a couple of weeks ago to a few people with Lib signs. Not sure if it’s happened anywhere else. I hope they catch the bastards because those actions go way beyond the pale and the perpetrators of these despicable acts deserve some serious punishment.

  7. This might be a silly question but, to date, I’ve only heard of Tory and Lib sign holders being vandalized. Has anyone heard anything about NDP or Green supporters being harassed?

  8. @Bruce
    His stick was not curved the side he shoots on, at least, that is what Cyperpresse reported.

    @Philippe Gohier and everyone else
    How difficult can it be to find the thugs who committed these acts of vandalism?

  9. I truly hope they’re not 14 year old ConKids.

  10. Atlantic Canada here………All damage is Lib and Con, NDP signs are pristine

  11. Perhaps the restrictions or organized labour doing paid work on campaigns has left organized criminals with too much time on their hands………….

  12. Peter if you equate organized labour with organized crime, tell me please where are the arrests and convictions equivalent to the ones at Hollinger, Enron, Tyco and WorldCom?

  13. Atlantic Canada here……… (echo, echo)

    Lotsa sign carnage everywhere. Equal opportunity.
    Happens mostly on Thursday through Saturday nights after the bars close and our-leaders-of-the-future are stumbling home.

  14. Wassim,
    “How difficult can it be to find the thugs who committed these acts of vandalism?”

    Actually, it can be quite difficult; perhaps you are fortunate enough never to have been the victim of any crime. However, when it comes to property crime, most goes unreported, and of what is reported, most goes unsolved.

  15. “If you were worried about your savings, your pension, your mortgages, if you were worried about your jobs, then think twice before voting for Jack Layton.”

    It’s a good line by Dion but he should probably have said that if you ar worried about these things, then DON’T vote for Layton.

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