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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

6/17/2004

Shift

A survey by the Liberal party's former pollster shows the Conservatives are heading for a strong minority government and may be within reach of a majority.

Party insiders say a poll by Michael Marzolini, chairman of Pollara, has the Tories at 36 per cent compared with 31 per cent for Paul Martin's Liberals.

The NDP is at 16 per cent and the Bloc Quebecois at 12.
ottawa citizen
It's an internal poll but it may signal the shift Harper needsto start shooting for a majority. He seems to think so,
"Obviously I have spent more time in the East than the West, (and will) probably continue to do so, because I'm spending time, the way this election is going, in Liberal ridings, making sure they change hands," he told reporters when asked if he was taking Western Canadians for granted.

"I have spent a lot of time in the last couple of years in Western Canada and certainly the message I have from our Western supporters is that they want us to win a national majority government. I'm not suggesting we take them for granted but ... I don't think I have to go out there and tell most westerners, they need to change the government."
ottawa citizen
If, in fact, the Liberal scare tactics are not working you have to wonder what the geniuses in the Liberal war room will come up with next. Reptillian kitten eater has been done.

At a guess, if the polls hold like this one, the Grits will move to re-enforce whatever strength they have left. Or they may try the "keep Canada safe, elect a minority Conservative government" move; but that will really smack of desperation.