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This article was published 30/7/2015 (1713 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The column, Kerry Nation, in Saturday’s Sun (“Election Feels Like So Much Status Quo,” July 18) suggests that the author, Kerry Auriat, is living in a bit of a bubble when he claims to see no evidence that many Canadians are tired of Stephen Harper and his Conservatives.
As a former resident of Brandon and longtime follower of Manitoba politics, I can understand why someone from southern Manitoba, given its long history of support for the Conservatives, might come to believe that being represented by a Tory MP is just the normal state of affairs.
However, as the good people of Alberta recently demonstrated, no political party remains in office forever. I can agree with Mr. Auriat that polls can change quite dramatically by election day, but from what they have been telling us for quite some time now, Stephen Harper is the least popular of all the party leaders — Tom Mulcair currently being the most popular.
A lot of voters who supported Mr. Harper in the 2011 general election are now likely to vote for the NDP or the Liberals. Currently, the polls are telling us that only three of every 10 Canadian voters are likely to support the Conservatives in the next election; the other seven voters will be supporting the NDP or the Liberals or someone else — and that a Conservative majority government is the least likely outcome of the 2015 election.
As for the outcome in Manitoba, whereas Mr. Auriat can see only a couple of ridings in Winnipeg being lost by the Conservatives, the latest projections I have seen suggest them losing seats in Winnipeg to both the Liberals and the NDP with the Conservatives lucky to hold on to no more than one or two seats in the provincial capital.
Shelley Glover’s decision to give up her cabinet post and seat in St. Boniface may have been made easier by the expectation of losing the next election.
My personal belief is that Mr. Harper should have resigned last year so as to let the party choose another leader in time for the forthcoming election. The vast majority of Canadians are fed up with Stephen Harper and his government and are hoping desperately for a change.