Here’s my current expectation of the possible seat wins around one week before the October 19 election. I’ve added an X - to mark the right hand border of my forecast - to the CBC/308 instructive Poll Tracker chart:
And why the change to party fortunes, with the Conservatives under tone-deaf Stephen Harper gently subsiding into what will be a crushing rejection the polls, the NDP declining after reaching its peak, and the Liberals resurgent?
Because the Liberal Party is addressing the core issue of the voters: having a plan and a commitment to a plan that deals with the economy in troubled times, and creates jobs. This chart shows this clearly:
We can expect Mulcair’s NDP to try to catchup by playing me-too on infrastructure spending, while the Tories under Harper continue to flail around with scripted talking points blabber.
And Harper, the Deficit King of Canada, taunted Justin Trudeau at a campaign meeting with his fingers mockingly showing the ‘teeny little’ deficits that Trudeau was prepared to run in order to launch his job-creating, wealth-boosting $125 billion infrastructure program. Yet Harper has just come off 6 deficits in a row! Here’s the facts:
After producing a surplus in 2007-08 of $9.6 billion, the Harper government delivered a deficit of $5.8 billion in 2008-09 during the global recession.
In subsequent years, his Conservative governments generated shortfalls of $55.6 billion in 2009-10; $33.4 billion in 2010-11; $26.3 billion in 2011-12; $18.4 billion for 2012-13; and $5.2 billion for 2013-14.
To summarize, Harper-led governments ran a string of six straight deficits between 2008-09 and 2013-14.
Pot calling possible kettle black, eh?