Nothing is more foolish than to read the opinion polls of today and apply them to a general election somewhere down the distant road. The polls are nothing more than a snapshot in time that will change and wander until the voters have a chance to have their say. Nobody can forecast the future, even though we all try.
At this point in time, the poll tracker service of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation tells us that the liberals might be enjoying a 50 per cent probability of forming a majority if an election had been held. The liberals could have also got that same nice warm feeling from collective incontinence.
The truth of the matter is nobody can predict the outcome of an election if we have not achieved a common agreement that the end of the pandemic is just around the next corner. Until then, the feeling of distrust and frustration with our politicians is palpable and real.
And, despite the suggestion that the conservatives might have had little solace in the six per cent likelihood of them winning a recent election, there is a drift in the polls that is concerning.
I think the recent over-rated, over publicized and over-written budget from our lady finance minister was a colossal waste of time and effort. Selling our provincial conservatives on day care is not the same as negotiating a free trade agreement.
Basically, I think Ms. Freeland blew the opportunity. We all need a little more excitement in our lives and that budget was practically incomprehensible. It was overloaded with too much housekeeping.
That budget needed to be uplifting and give our country something to look forward to besides more diapers to change. It needed to challenge us to excel. And it certainly needed new revenues. We need to get the money from the rich before it leaves the country. The budget needed to kick start new ideas and give Canadians something more to look forward to than the same-old, same-old. It came across to me as the garbage bin where all old ideas from the finance department come to die.
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