Morning memo: Speak into my good ear




Admittedly, the sample size is small (506 respondents) and the margin of error correspondingly large (4.7%), but the latest Segma poll for La Presse shows the Conservative vote collapsing in the all-important battleground of Quebec. For what it’s worth, the votes the Conservatives are shedding appear to be going to the Bloc. (The figures in brackets represent the change between the current results and those from a mid-September poll.)

Conservatives: 20% (-11)

Liberals: 18% (+2)

NDP: 13% (+1)

Greens: 6% (-1)

Bloc Québécois: 42% (+9)


Stephen Harper, on Stéphane Dion’s trouble understanding a question during an interview with CTV: “I don’t think this is a question of language at all. The question was very clear. It was asked repeatedly.”

Stéphane Dion, in response to a question about the economy by CTV Halifax anchor Steve Murphy: “I don’t understand the question.”

Jack Layton, on his party’s pledge to rein in bank fees: “In fact, Mr. Flaherty said he agreed with us. But then he went down to meet with the bank CEOs and they told him to get lost. And he did.”

Elizabeth May, on her NDP rival in Central Nova, Louise Lorefice: “She’s not a natural politician and doesn’t really see herself as a member of Parliament.”

Gilles Duceppe, on the Conservatives’ and the Liberals’ supposed push to have a Bloc event in the Saguenay cancelled: “This is brazen blackmail.”


Military operations, and their attendant, often exhorbitant, costs, have always been fodder for politics. And while the debate over the goals and objectives of the mission in Afghanistan is a worthy one, it’s unlikely any of the candidates are prepared to have it in full while campaigning for the prime minister’s job. NDP leader Jack Layton nonetheless tried to hammer at the Liberals and the Conservatives yesterday after the release of the estimated cost of the mission ($18.1-billion), accusing both parties of not having “been straight up with Canadians about the costs.” But, short of evidence the money has been misspent or improperly allocated, Layton’s battlecry rings hollow. So long as there’s a mission, it’s bound to cost money — and lots of it. That should come as no suprise to either voters or Layton, no matter how opposed they are to the deployment.


Stephen Harper is campaigning in the Ontario cities of Brantford, Kitchener, and Toronto.

Stéphane Dion is also touring southern Ontario, with appearances scheduled in Oakville, Brantford, Burlington, and Brampton.

Jack Layton is in Toronto for a rally, but will end his day in Gatineau.

Elizabeth May will appear at a candidates’ debate in New Glasgow, N.S.

Gilles Duceppe has nine events scheduled in and around Montreal.


Morning memo: Speak into my good ear

  1. A double-double double.

  2. Best Photo is a good one, looks like he’s having a coffee with his dad. Good image.

    I like the Where They’re At Today feature, it gives us a good idea of what the parties think of their chances. Cons are in ridings they don’t currently have but hope to attract and Libs are in ridings that should be considered their base. That tell us that Libs are either worried about losing safe seats or there are enthusiasm problems because the Lib leader is a wet noddle and no one wants to vote for him.

    Actions are more important than media polls or words.

  3. jwl,

    You’re probably right (except for the “wet noddle” [sic] part.

    But I, for one am relieved Harper will not get his majority.

  4. You call it a gaffe when someone points out the mission costs were consistently under reported by $2 billion, kept in two sets of books, and that parliament was kept in the dark because the department refused to provide information, and that this only tallies the incremental costs, not things like replacement costs for equipment?

    No one is surprised, Mr. Gohier, critics have been saying all along that the mission is costing more than the government will admit. The gaffe was trying to keep it hidden. Suprising that a journalist wouldn’t see that.

  5. Even with a minority Harper will get his majority….he knows the other parties wouldn’t bring him down for another election soon.

    Harper has to lose – or he’s the winner folks.

  6. Military potential(or present)overspending by Harper is following the lead of Bush cronies— even Bush buddy Italiam PM Berlusconi and media baron(why is media control almost as important as government[did not Goebbels mention if one controls media they control…]. Italian troops in and out of Iraq as part of the so called ‘coalitian of the willing'(HA) like an Italian whore on a bad day. Berlusconi madly announces a day ago that big banks will close for a few days to sort things out. HA. World tock holders bolted for the exits on that. He took the announcement back a few hours later. These clowns ‘control’ the military and its spending??? When Bush, Berlusconi , Harper, and the new Fr. and British heads talk— count on it to mean the exact opposite. WE are in deep do do.

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