|"In the name of God, go!"|
Twice, in British history, have words been uttered to a leader that his time is up: once, in Cromwell’s time, and again, in 1940:
In the spring of 1940 British forces in Norway were overwhelmed by the Nazis. On May 7 Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain faced a critical motion by the Labor opposition in the House of Commons. His Conservatives had a big majority. But a respected Conservative backbencher, Leopold Amery, rose and addressed to Chamberlain the words that Cromwell had said to the Long Parliament 300 years before:
''You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. In the name of God, go!'' FortyConservatives voted against Chamberlain, and another 60 abstained. Three days later he resigned. Winston Churchill became Prime Minister.
Are we seeing just the same demand being made today of Stephen Harper, leader of the governing Conservatives?
One thing caught my eye while browsing through some articles a few minutes ago. We know from numerous polls that many Canadians (70% plus) want a change, and that means no more Harper.
But how many Conservatives share that view?
Many of us think that the Tory voters are a monolithic bloc, not subject to vacillation, doubts or change. But is that true? If they are pricked, do they not – like most of us – bleed?
It seems that all is not well in Harperland, if a poll today reflects not just what is happening in BC (a somewhat separate universe from the rest of Canada), but also in the other parts of our fair country, heading into a ground-altering, game-changing, historic election.
Here’s finding that shook me (my bolding);
Across British Columbia, 73% of residents (-2) think it is time for a change of government in Canada, including 41% of those who voted for the Conservative Party in 2011. In addition, almost two thirds of the province’s residents (64%, +4) say they would be “very upset” if the Conservatives form the federal government again.
Some 41% of the Conservative Party supporter respondents in BC also want Harper gone!
When 4 out of 10 of your own supporters think someone else should lead the country, what are you chances of winning a majority government? Slim to zero.
Couple that with the commitments by Mulcair and Trudeau not to support any Harper minority government, and we are set for momentous changes in this here Canada on October 19!