It is becoming clear that conservative leader Pierre Poilievre wants to win the next federal election simply because he is not Justin Trudeau. All he thinks he has to do is continue to lie about Trudeau, misrepresent government policies and appeal to the greed and baser instincts of his followers. He actually believes the pollsters who are telling him that his plan is working.
The pollsters are telling the conservative leader that four out of ten Canadians think they will vote for him. The pollsters forget to tell him that the public mood could change if the vote is two years away. Much could happen in the next two years.
You get the idea watching Poilievre in action that this man thinks very little of Canadians. He really needs to spend more time dealing with what they want than what he wants. Especially the ones who vote.
Back when I was working regularly on election campaigns, we would do some of our own polling in the riding to to see how things were going. One of the things included in these polls were a few questions that we could read as a barometer of the interest level in this or that candidate and whether the person being interviewed was likely to vote. When less than six in ten voters are making an effort to get to the polls, these questions become more important.
One of the conclusions we came to about these answers was the cockier the candidate about winning, the higher the drop-off factor. There was the occasional upset.
And with Poilievre demanding an election right away to be on the carbon tax, you wonder how foolish he could be. His “Axe the Tax” campaign says a great deal about Mr. Poilievre. It says he does not give a damn about the environment. He fits in so well with his vaccination deniers, his crude and uncaring truckers who visited Ottawa last year and blocked border crossings to the United States, hurting our economy.
More Canadians are realizing all the time that Poilievre is not even a conservative. He acts and talks like a libertarian. He wants little or no government, he wants no government regulations, he wants no protection from inflation, nor does he care about global warming. and he does not care about the consequences. If he was honest, he would be part of Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada.
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