It seems that Canadians are not quite as sleepy as we sometimes like to think. A new poll suggests that they are not only listening, but willing to change the order of things.
Canadians are getting restless with the state of the House of Commons.
A new poll suggests that a growing number of voters are hoping for a majority government, and might vote strategically in order to achieve one.
The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey said 64 per cent of respondents prefer a majority over a minority government, up from 52 per cent just two years ago.
Now some may worry and think that if these same people hadn't really been paying attention, that they might just hand over the reins to the Conservatives and be done with it.
Not so much.
When presented with only the Liberals and Conservatives as the option for the forming the next government, 44 per cent backed the Liberals while 33 per cent backed the Conservatives.
What's interesting about that number is the Conservatives are still frozen in time and while the Liberals haven't been soaring in other polls, this one suggests that voters who normally back parties other than the two majors, indeed are willing to move to the Liberals for more stable government.
Harris-Decima's Jeff Walker said the poll suggests Canadians are weary of the acrimony and instability that has plagued the last three governments.
No doubt...though I still don't believe that any parliamentary configuration, other than the current one, could provide as much acrimony. There is really no way around it. Every party in the House is fundamentally opposed to the Conservative agenda. Oh I know, the Martin government wasn't stable either, but really, that was due to the NDP and Jack Layton seeing a chance for the kill.
Sadly, his blind ambition, (imo), did more to harm this country than anything has in a long time. He gave Harper the reins without thinking through which way he'd steer.
So this is but one small poll and certainly shouldn't be taken as a prediction with any certainty, but it is interesting that it was taken at the beginning of July, when most people have had their fill of all things political.
If Harper keeps up his acrimony, especially the on the world stage form of it, I think come the next election, people will seek another choice. That said, the Liberals have to give them something to vote for.
Something tells me that's coming.