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The acoustics here are wild. Can you hear the Ekos? (34-26-19-11-10)


 

Conservatives up down two, Liberals down up two, all your hopes and fears line up in rows and columns here.


 

The acoustics here are wild. Can you hear the Ekos? (34-26-19-11-10)

  1. All the other ones were wrong….THIS poll changes everything….EVERYTHING I tell you.

    Does that make this an EKOS chamber by the way?

  2. …. the Cons are DOWN 2, and Libs are UP 2, actually. Not that it changes much …

  3. Black Beauty in the home stretch!

  4. Sorry, Laura. I was twirling into the future. Fixed.

  5. So 29% of BQ voters think the BQ will win the election? Different definition of “win” or just not clear on how the whole thing works?

  6. Also tonight a mammoth Ontario poll from Strategic Counsel of over 1,000 voters posted on the Globe and Mail:

    Conservatives 37
    Liberals 32
    NDP 20
    Greens 11

    With these numbers the Libs lose 17 seats in Ontario with the Cons taking 10 and the NDP taking 7.

    Sorry folks, it’s going to be a long night Monday for Liberal supporters. In 2006, the Libs had 40% and the Conservatives had 35%. The Conservatives had changed the table on the Liberals.

    I suspect things will get worse for the Libs, I don’t think they’ve bottomed out, they’re bleeding badly in the last couple of days. Yesterday and today were not good days.

  7. Random observations:

    I see the Liberals are (tracked at) +4 in Ontario this week.

    Bloc has been quite steady at 40 for most of the campaign; I hadn’t realised that. Up just +5 during the campaign, but that came in, like Week 3.

    Maybe it’ll all come down to BC! Wouldn’t that be cool for our West Coast friends!

    I solemnly predict that the Tories are going to lose two seats in Quebec.

    I really have no idea how this is going to go.

  8. Jarrid, it’s a drag if Liberals are going to have a long night on Monday, because the next day is the election and theoretically they’re going to want to get their sleep before that.

  9. Why do I think that things will get worse for the Libs? They’ve lost momentum. Contrary to what Andrew Coyne thinks, I think the Dion interview will be devastating for the Libs going forward. Here’s why:

    1. Nanos said on CPAC tonight that Dion’s competence index went down as did his leadership numbers and that this is probably attributable to the botched interview.

    2. More importantly, the interview completely undermines the credibility of Liberal attacks on the Conservative’s supposed lack of action on the economy.

    It does three things which are devastating to Dion on the eve of an election:

    1. It shows his weakness on economic issues, not his strong suit to begin with;

    2. It show his perceived weakness on leadership because he’s shown badly fumbling the question on the key issue of the campaign;

    3. It’s a momentum changer on the economy question, the key question on which the election hinges. Dion’s gone from offence to defence. Indeed, he’ll be impotent and not credible when he henceforth attacks Harper on this issue.

  10. “So 29% of BQ voters think the BQ will win the election? Different definition of “win” or just not clear on how the whole thing works”

    Ian,

    it’s a new world out there. Better get used to it.

    :)

  11. It’s eleven o’clock, Jarrid. Time to brush your teeth and get ready for bed. Mommy will be in shortly to tuck you in and read you a bedtime story.

  12. To quote Wayne, it’s getting better and better.

  13. Jarrid! Your mother told you to get to bed. Don’t make me come up there and paddle your ass.

  14. Well, maybe those Bloc supporters are just expecting:

    BQ 73
    CPC 72
    Lib 68
    NDP 64
    Green 25
    Ind 6

  15. CG: Nice.

    Hey, I like Gilles! He’ll do good things for Canadians and Quebecers.

  16. Ok, so the Cons get another Minority, Dion gets the boot in December or if he has any sanity resigns the leadership immediately, the Liberals are plunged into another yearlong leadership contest during which Harper has free reign.

    Because of Dion’s low level of actual support in the party, it’s unlikely he would have survived a leadership review without a win or severe weakening of the Cons.

    Jarrid
    “Why do I think that things will get worse for the Libs? They’ve lost momentum. Contrary to what Andrew Coyne thinks, I think the Dion interview will be devastating for the Libs going forward. Here’s why:”

    Look, dude, stop dreaming about a Harper majority, it’s just not gonna happen this time around. The spread is too small between the Libs and Cons. The interview is not as big a deal as people think.

    Harper might get some management credentials for Flaherty being at the G7 meeting. That might give him an extra boost. Maybe.

    And I suspect at least half of that 10% of “Green” supporters will panic at the last second and realize that Dion is their last chance for years of pushing ANY sort of environmental agenda through the government, so they just might vote for him.

  17. Uhh anyone notice the people obviously skewing the data… Cons thinking the Greens will likely win? NDP saying the Bloc will win? It’s nice to think that they have a hypothetical chance but does anyone actually believe that?

    Methinks the people are sick of polling.

  18. Jarrid,

    Paul burned you good.

    You gotta work on those zingers.

  19. There really is a growing consistency with these polls. Segma has the totals as follows:

    Conservatives 34.6
    Liberals 23
    NDP 20.5
    Greens 10

    We’re back to a fight for second.

    Pete, I never mentioned majority, but if the Conservatives increase a few more points, that becomes a possibility with the split vote on the left. It cannot be ruled out even though it is not in the cards with these numbers for sure.

    What will be the story on Tuesday night? The absolutely historic Liberal debacle. Remember not so long ago, people talked about Turner’s 28.02 number in 1984 to be the absolute Liberal floor? The Libs would be happy to get that this election. Note that this Segma poll has the Liberals only 2 and a half points ahead of the NDP. The NDP vote is much more concentrated than the Liberal votes.

    One thing has become clear. This is now a race for second place. I think we can agree on that.

  20. Friends,

    fellow bloggers,

    commenters from afar.

    TURNOUT. That’s what this election will be all about. It’s why Quadra and Outremont were each almost 15-20 points worse for the Liberals than folks were anticipating.

    It’s what happens when you have a leader folks are just waiting to boot, so you can get someone better.

    Mark my words. The polls are undercounting CPC support by at least 5 points (actually the ratio is derived by the fact that they’re OVERcounting all those 18-25 year olds who say they’re voting Liberal but will stay on the couch, eat Doritos, and listen to their Ipods instead of walking half a mile to the polls).

    Nanos’ use of cell phones is exacerbating this problem, and this year (like Zogby in the US who predicted the previous year, was considered the Oracle, then blew the next year big time) Nanos will be way off.

    It WILL be a CPC majority. Their drop in Que is being overstated such that they will PICK UP seats there (though not massive numbers).

    They will take all but a few core seats in Toronto (and in the north where the NDP will gain a couple from the Libs).

    They will gain three in the prairies, and a big number in BC.

    And whey they ask you years from now, who got it right,

    you tell them Kody.

  21. Jarrid, you really have no idea what you are talking about.

    It’s going to be a bad night for both Harper and Dion.

    The only winner will be Layton and he will have lost.

    Election 08
    The Ballad of Big Nothing

  22. People tend to forget that the election is next Tuesday! People have not yet voted! Nobody Won! Polls are polls and quite frankly one way or the other there are just tooo many of them. It’s crazy it’s a few polls every day. We should talk about the real stuff but the polls take all the place. People should not be influenced by them!

  23. BC you don’t know what you speak about!

    Come Tuesday Dion and Harper’s respective political careers will diverge drastically. On Tuesday Dion will be resigning as leader of the Liberals and Harper will be governing. When you lead a party to a debacle, you resign. When you win an election, you are elected Prime Minister.

    BC, I know misery likes company, but the Liberals will be alone crying in their beer on Tuesday night. Even Nanos tonight on CPAC looked subdued.

  24. Another thing why we should not be influence by polls is that sometimes they vary sooo much that it’s just plain weird. This Ekos is way different then the Segma.

  25. Did I miss something? Why did Paul delete his “Harper is a cheater” post?

  26. BTW, I finally watched the damn Dion interview thing on YouTube.

    WTF is the fuss all about? He asked to clarify then repeat a question. The biggest news for me was the absurd portentous lead-in from the newscaster, like this was something we HAD TO SEE WITH OUR OWN EYES.

    Oh and per Duceppe’s comments about it, the fact that this is being seen as anti-French or English-biased is going to play right into the Quebec identity politics and help Dion further with a sympathy vote in Quebec.

    Take two more points from the Conservatives in Quebec and give them to the Liberals. Go on. Do it.

  27. Dion further with a sympathy vote in Quebec

    The sympathy vote doesn’t work with voters, or with girls. I’m not voting for someone I feel sorry for, nor would you.

  28. Shawn, there’s not much sympathy for Dion either within or without the Liberal Party.

    He’s been attacking Harper since the debate about Harper’s handling of the market crisis. He’s asked what he would do if he was in Harper’s shoes and he HAS NO ANSWER. His first stab at the question consists of mixing up his own so-called plans, one to deal with the economy and the other one about resolving child poverty forever or some such thing. One was the 30 day plan the other a 50 day plan. About the only thing distinguishing them are the number of days because they’re nothing more than VAPID PLANS TO HAVE A PLAN. There’s no actual plan. Are we surprised he messed it all up?

    The upshot: he will damage his credibility every time he dares to attack Harper’s handling of the economy because everyone will harken back to his head-shaking interview.

  29. Actually, Darren, I think I pretty much did, when I voted Liberal in the advance poll in Rosemont-Petite Patrie.

    And if you think that francophone Quebecers aren’t acutely sensitive to what they perceive as one of their own getting bashed for not speaking English well enough, well, I can’t help you.

  30. Shawn – the Conservatives will get a higher percentage of the popular vote in Quebec come election night. That’s what the polls say.

    Dion’s not exactly a favorite native son in Quebec.

    Your realize you’re using beady-eyed Gilles Duceppe’s talking points, the man who has the humiliation schtick down pat.

  31. Shawn – the Conservatives will get a higher percentage of the popular vote in Quebec come election night. That’s what the polls say.

    Dion’s not exactly a favorite native son in Quebec.

    Your realize you’re using beady-eyed Gilles Duceppe’s talking points, the man who has the humiliation schtick down pat.

  32. Didn’t the Bloc get 56% of the vote in your riding in the last election?

    I guess I should have added a proviso that it is possible to vote for someone you feel sorry for when they have no chance of actually winning.

  33. Ekos is the outlier now. I hadn’t seen the October 10 results yet. That should bring down today’s aggregate polling:

    CPC 35
    LIB 25
    NDP 20
    GRN 10
    BQ 10

  34. Just perused National Newswatch, it’s remarkable

    Harper, was apparently supposed to play cover for Dion as well.

    Let us recap:

    Harper’s constantly called cold, “mean”,

    was ridiculed about his sweater, by all the opposition,

    during the debate was insulted, yelled at at times, May called Harper a liar,

    when Dion entered the scene he told us Harper was cold, uncaring and lacked a social conscience,

    the Liberal party, and Dion specifically publicly accused Harper of committing a serious criminal offence (with nothing but pure partisan desire as its evidence (the subject of Harper’s lawsuit)

    ect, ect.

    Harper states the following about Dion’s flump:

    “it shows he doesn’t have a plan, all he has is the Green Shift” (or words very closely to that effect)

    and the media is outraged, accusing HIM of being “classless”.

    Media to Harper: HANDS OFF OUR DION

  35. C’mon guys, I’m sure you can find more cartoon birds, five year old irrelevant speeches, or single lines of black humor in private meetings,

    to emblazen on your headlines, give wall to wall coverage, and editorialize by telling the public how its more important than it seems.

    Dion showing he lacks the most basic communication skills required of any low level manager, let alone PM,

    that’s hush hush.

    The public shouldn’t have seen that.

  36. “Why do I think that things will get worse for the Libs? They’ve lost momentum. Contrary to what Andrew Coyne thinks, I think the Dion interview will be devastating for the Libs going forward. Here’s why:”

    I’m sorry, but regardless of your political affiliation you have to have a very, very low opinion of the Canadian people to think that an interview clip like that will be “devastating.” Will they take a hit from it? Possibly, probably. But “devastating?” Let’s give Canadians more credit than that.

  37. One final point:

    why did the media tell us seemingly irrelevant things (five year old speeches, private jokes) were really, really important after all?

    It was REVEALING we were told.

    You see, we can’t always just look to what they’re telling us, the media has to go ‘behind the scenes’.

    Except if its Dion.

    And except if it goes to the heart of his ability to be our leader.

    And except if its on his ability to communicate the most important subject of the day.

    And except if its on a subject Dion has been hammering Harper on all week and which he was asked to juxtapose what he would do differently – literally THE question of any election – how he’d be different.

    THEN, we don’t want it “revealed”. In fact, then we fight like heck to have it stay safely unknown, and protest it coming to light.

  38. John D, I don’t mean that people will actually change their vote because of Dion’s ill-fated interview exchange. What I mean is that it is a momentum changer. Post interview clip, Dion can no longer attack the Conservatives so-called inaction on the economy without reminding people of his own lack of any answers. It’s put the Libs on the defensive in the dying days of the campaign.

    Even a subdued Mr. Nanos stated the interview may have been responsible for Dion’s tanking already low leadership index figures.

    I’ll also note that we’re all still talking about this 2 precious days later. The focus is back on Mr. Dion, and that’s not a good thing for the Libs. Need I remind Blog Central readers that the NDP are nipping at their heels as we speak.

  39. It appears that Barbara Yaffe, a left-wing columnist writing for The Vancouver Sun, concurs with my assessment. Again, to repeat, Ms. Yaffe’s opinions are based on the usual left-lib assumptions. But here’s her take on THE INTERVIEW in today’s Sun:

    “In a campaign that has been buffeted by the unexpected, Tuesday night’s botched TV interview with Stephane Dion seemed not out of place.

    Things were going wonderfully for Liberals, climbing in the polls to the point that folks were starting to muse about a possible Grit minority — when Dion, during a media moment, was caught looking like a complete doofus.”

    Was it fair for CTV to air the interview? Yes admits the Harper hating Ms. Yaffe. Here’s what she says:

    “First, let’s be clear: CTV was on solid footing in a decision to air the segment which showed Dion in a mental meltdown as he attempted to answer a simple question about how he’d handle the current economic crisis were he PM.”

    Case closed I’d say.

    P.S. – in order to save Mr. Wells the effort, it appears Ms. Yaffe got the day of the interview wrong. It was Thursday, not Tuesday, although it does seem like it’s been more than 48 hours.

  40. What might be a game changer (the proverbial cover-up) is the startling revelation that Dion’s “hearing problem” was the cause.

    The possibility that a prospective PM would feign disability to cover his legitimate deficiencies,

    would constitute a new low in political discourse and literally be an historical political mistake.

    A possibility todays media seems wholly disinterested in.

    More cartoon birds I guess.

  41. Kody,

    I don’t get it. You rant on and on ad finitum about media bias against CPoC–yet a left-leaning (according to you) highly regarded newspaper, the Globe and Mail, endorsed Mr. Harper. I’ll admit, they damned him with faint praise, but they did endorse him.

    How much does Harper pay you to lurk here and post political nonsense on every comment board?

  42. Oh and does anybody need more proof that Nanos shills for the Libs.

    In his little titles over his graph above “Leadership indicators” in yesterday’s Nanoa poll, we read Nanos’ spin of his own numbers “Harper sliding, leading Layton by only 13 points”. Nanos’ numbers indeed showed Harper was down by 4. Does anyone want to hazard a guess at what were happening to Dion’s numbers in the meantime? Drumroll please….:

    Dion’s numbers were down by 9. The title should have said “Dion tanking”.

    Shame on Nic Nanos.

  43. The CPCs faint hope of retaining seats in Quebec went out the window with Harper’s cheap attack on Dion over the interview (the question was incomprehensible). Bernier and Verner will be the only two Cons returned from Quebec so the majority is lost. And Harper is faced with a terrific headache in forming a Cabinet.

    Nobody dissecting these polls seems to be taking into account the concentration of CPC support in Alberta and Sask.

    Are there not riding-specific polls of the most interesting races, Avalon, Central Nova, Trinity Spadina, Wascana etc.? If Politics is your entertainment, Tuesday’s show will be a good one.

    When do the polls close in BC this time?

  44. Good god Jarrid. You Conservatives sure do whine a lot. If you take issue with the analysis of pollsters, talk to them about it. You’re really, really boring when you whine about titles.

  45. Andrew

    And how interesting are people who whine about the whiners?

  46. Paul Byer from Canada writes: “The news just keeps getting better. I predict Dion will also vote for Harper just out of habit. It would be his 44th time in 2 years

  47. Jwl, let’s make this more meta. I’ll whine about you whining about me whining about the boring Conservative insistence of repeating their points about 20 times per thread.

    I don’t whine about polls. I mainly think Harper doesn’t deserve to govern, and I take issue with basically one ‘journalist’ for being a grade-A douche. That being the Duff-ster, and all his ancilliary rolls, chins, and roll-fungus.

  48. I’m about three days from shutting down the comments on this blog altogether.

  49. “I’m about three days from shutting down the comments on this blog altogether.”

    I wouldn’t wait that long. Things have been getting pretty stupid in recent days, to say the least.

  50. Paul,

    why is that?

  51. Paul,

    Would that be because it’s election day on Tuesday? Sure hope so. I will miss Kody–so therapeutic.

  52. The Ekos polls have not changed since the beginning of the campaign.

  53. How fitting,

    that on the day after Maclean’s wins its fight for freedom of expression,

    Paul Wells threatens to shut down comments.

    Paul, the days of news being “told” to us, free of feedback, scrutiny, and interaction from its recipients are gone forever.

    I’d also like to again point out that I have never engaged in invective, namecalling, or anything of the sort. No, the concerns about my comments have been about the CONTENT. What I’m saying, not how I’m saying it. Stopping this type of commenting is the heart of matter isn’t it.

    How does that saying go:

    “freedom for me but not for thee?”

  54. It is to be hoped that the poll black-out will cut a lot of the nonsense. (Mea Culpa). Maybe not.
    A number of sites have been forced to forego comments or make them awkward to access.

    It would be a shame. If you can hack your way through the dross, there is the occasional moment of enlightenment to be found here.

  55. I’m sure nobody will have any problem if I adopt the only comment policy Mark Steyn has ever used.

  56. Macleans – recommends Harper
    Globe and Mail – recommends Harper
    National Post – recommends Harper

    Balance. Balance.

  57. “Oh Wells”
    Sorry, I meant to post that link to Andrew Coyne’s latest post “Double Double”. It’s all in fun right?
    Back to reading Andrew Coyne and Jeffrey Simpson and forget the others…..
    cya,
    karen

  58. hazzard, it’s hard to imagine any of them doing otherwise.

  59. I agree with Sisyphus. The Macleans blogs are probably the best in Canada for readers comments but I think the comment board has become overheated since the election and everyone is wound up.

    Before the campaigning started the comments were quite good and hopefully they will return to normal in a couple of weeks after the non-winners get past their disappointment.

    Also think there is some version of Godwin’s law after about the first 30/40 comments, the comment board gets rather vitriolic.

  60. I do not believe Nanos “shills for the Liberals” and believe his numbers do not reflect partisan bias. Nevertheless, I was startled to listen to a Nanos employee at a golf tournament I attended in Gatineau in late August go on and on about how he hates the Conservatives and wants to see anyone but Harper win. Nanos should remind his employees to take more care when speaking in public.

  61. kody–
    I’ll give you about 10 seconds to gather yourself together and read Paul’s “threat” again…three days…in three days it’ll be….Tuesday…do we need to blog about polls, kody, after we have an actual result?
    Looks like you made a misstep, but I’m sure it was a simple misunderstanding and you can be forgiven it in the spirit of ‘to err is human’.

    Or we can get all hyper and call it a disaster and perhaps even question your very abilitiy to post on this blog in the first place.

    Just as Harper’s ridiculously flippant,”I see now as a great time to buy stocks..” bit with Mansbridge didn’t move his numbers much, neither will this Halifax interview with Dion. Canadians are far less shallow than that, kody (yourself possibly notwithstanding).

  62. I would certainly be disappointed to see the comments go; even with the recent drop in quality they are still orders magnitude better than any of the major media comment boards.

    Paul, I hope you’ll reconsider.

  63. Two Cents said,
    “Nevertheless, I was startled to listen to a Nanos employee at a golf tournament I attended in Gatineau in late August go on and on about how he hates the Conservatives and wants to see anyone but Harper win. Nanos.”

    Why would a pollster liking the Liberals translate into their employing a methodology that makes it look like the Liberals are doing better? I ask because people don’t vote for a party because it is winning, parties are winning because people vote for them. Indeed, large poll leads can create backlash – for instance when Neil Kinnock acted like he had the election in the bag in 1992, there was a last minute swing against him.

    Harper hasn’t exactly benefited from good poll numbers either. When you are number 1, you become a target – if Harper had been polling at 35%, you can bet a lot of more of Jack’s debate performance would be attacking the Liberals. Moreover, many Canadians vote strategically against the Conservatives, and nothing sets of their alarm bells like the words: Conservative majority.

    Nanos has been the closest pollster to the actual results in the last two elections – I do think that is partly a matter of luck, but it also probably reflects that they have a pretty unbiased method, since they get good results with small sample sizes (by contrast, Strategic Counsel was predicting a huge Harper romp with a massive sample size, and… they were wrong).

    Mr. Wells,

    I understand if you don’t like these forums – there is a large tendency for people to recite talking points, in order to frame particular issues. I don’t think it works since most of the readers here are high information voters unlikely to be swayed by robo-posters.

    Nonetheless, there is some good stuff on here, so I do hope you don’t axe the comments. Canada’s main political forums are hyper-partisan (rabble, freedominion), while this place isn’t. Plus, in a couple days you’ll be down to a few sane posters, with the election gone and past.

  64. Closing comments….their choice. Of course it comes down to moderation which Macleasn may not be prepared to do given the size of it blog set…thats an awful big blogroll you have, or are you just happy to see me…..

    I know people get passionate about politics, spin is to be expected, but the dissing, con bots, leftards etc are really unecessary and detract from the comment and the commentator.

    Nothing wrong with a good put down…emphasis on good…..but they are harder to come by than commentators imagine. Better to avoid them if possible.

    I think Macleans would lose something if comments were removed, I know I would read the blogs less often. It becomes less interesting because it is impossible for Wells, Coyne, O’Malley and Potter et al to know everything, I am sure they find it hard to even capture half the stuff they find interesting. Commentators should add to that…..and it being Macleans in a sardonic and ironic way (sorry couldnt resist)

    Your choice on the comments, to both sides….provacative is ok, insulting and ad hominen and conspiratorial is generally not.

    I look forward to the mondo Wells essay, last one was very good. Arent you getting tired of churning these out every 2 years?

  65. Wednesday morning Dion will be back in the land of fairies, lollipops and unicorns, staring out the window with a blank look on his face while mumbling something that only he can hear.

  66. I can understand shutting down comments until the election, but I expect once the spin becomes irrelevant in the short term (ie, Oct 18th or so) the blogs will return to something resembling sanity.

    I think what might be driving people crazy is hearing the same BS repeatedly from the same people. It’s fine to make your point once. To make it every day, in several threads is just visual garbage.

  67. Comments like the one Bruce so helpfully supplied. It’s boring. We get it. You think Dion is going down to crushing defeat.

  68. The one thing that is attractive about the Macleans forums is that it doesn’t require yet another registration like the Star, Globe, CBC, TVO.

    That said, I think two things could help the atmosphere here:

    1. pushing for people to use real names – if you haven’t the courage to stick your name on it, STFU

    2. using the method proposed in xkcd.com’s comic 481 which Youtube actually implemented (when you post a comment, it reads it back to you – so you can hear how dumb you sound)

  69. comment by Mark Dowling on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 6:33 pm:

    1. pushing for people to use real names – if you haven’t the courage to stick your name on it, STFU

    Sorry but wait till you start to get deranged emails from poeple who disagree with you.

    I used to think the same way intill a couple of nuts started F’n with my buisness and family.

    This is the internet it is just not that smart to be putting your name out there..

  70. “Conservative Majority”

    Bet on it!!! Even Ontario cannot bring itself to put the Liberals in.

  71. JK, I listened to most of the Laroque.Lapierre interview. Harper’s French is strong in it, as it usually is. He used one wrong word, like a word that had no place in the sentence he was saying, but it was obvious what he meant to say. Apart from that, no serious problems.

  72. Glenn Norton, “Even Ontario cannot bring itself to put the Liberals in.” So do you agree, then, that the Conservative government has been less than fair with the Province of Ontario? We don’t have the amount of seats in the House of Commons we should–the only province or territory where representation by population, skewed for small provinces, doesn’t apply. We don’t get the same benefit to employment insurance–yet our premiums are not discounted. We don’t get the per capita amount for health care that every other province gets. And we GIVE 20 billion for equalization on top of all of that.

  73. P.Wells says….

    “JK, I listened to most of the Laroque.Lapierre interview. Harper’s French is strong in it, as it usually is. He used one wrong word, like a word that had no place in the sentence he was saying, but it was obvious what he meant to say. Apart from that, no serious problems.”

    Thank-you very much Mr.Wells…

    I was a hater of french when I was young(I am only 28)Now I wish I was not such a moron during my french classes……

  74. Two more days.

  75. It’s about to get even better, Paul. Sandi is now doing her version of ABCDE.

  76. Re: using real names, JK writes:

    Sorry but wait till you start to get deranged emails from poeple who disagree with you.

    I’ve been posting on these blogs for some months and no one has sent me deranged email, and I’m highly googleable. Perhaps because irritating people is not my hobby.

    I used to think the same way intill a couple of nuts started F’n with my buisness and family.

    Um, if you were threatened you might consider talking to the police. If not, may I recommend gmail? Fantastic filter system.

    This is the internet it is just not that smart to be putting your name out there..

    This is also a democracy and if you aren’t willing to back up your opinions with your own self (or actually just your name), either you don’t deserve your opinions or they don’t deserve you.

    Our Maclean’s hosts are highly prominent people who put their bylines not only on their columns but on every post. It might help civility if more than a handful of people here had the courage to do the same.

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