What I learned
- Local MPs performance don’t matter much : NDP’s Vegas candidate won, their English speaking candidate in a 98% francophone riding won, Ken Dryden and Lawrence Cannon lost.
- Never bring down a minority government when you are behind. Ignatieff thought it was because Canadians weren’t paying attention to him, in truth, we just didn’t like him that much.
- Party platforms don’t matter. I asked a lot of people who were out door knocking if people at the door had read the party platform and the answer was “not one”. The NDP offer up $70 billion in new spending and they still get 100 seats. The
- You have to think that in Saskatchewan the big losers are the Saskatchewan Liberals. The vote totals were appalling and I doubt and of the campaigns will even break even. For Ryan Bater and the Saskatchewan Liberal Party, you have to wonder if they will be looking at the same kind of vote numbers in the next provincial election. There isn’t a lot to build on and nothing that would attract high profile candidates to run for them provincially.
- Along the same lines, I feel awfully bad for Darren Hill. He ran a good campaign, is a good city councilor but even liberals in Saskatoon aren’t voting Liberal anymore.
- Warren Kinsella says that the Liberal dysfunction goes beyond Ignatieff.
- The city/province needs to put a ban on lawn and campaign signs on public property. Boulevards, ditches, and parks don’t vote. Keep the signs out of the Meewasin Valley and out of the highway ditches. Lawn signs are supposed to be a measure of support and I am pretty sure that the ditches on Highway 16 is non partisan.
- I would have more respect for those calling for electoral reform if they didn’t just do it when Harper won. I didn’t hear anyone calling for it when Jean Chretien won a majority with 37% of the vote. Of course I say this with apologies to James Bow who has been calling for electoral reform consistently for years.
- You should be able to opt out of the campaign if you wanted to. Nine robocalls on the Sunday from the Conservatives (that being said, I think because I kept hanging up, they kept calling). We probably had 15 calls from the Conservative call centre’s in Manitoba and Nova Scotia during the campaign. That is getting obscene and is bordering on harassment. Every live phone call that I got, I asked to be taken off their database and I was either hung up on (Manitoba) or told politely that they could not do that (Nova Scotia). Frustrating. As I have said before, letting the politicians design privacy laws is like letting foxes install a security system inside a hen house.