It was amusing last evening listening to all the political speeches from various parties involved in the two by elections that took place in Toronto. The speeches made it appear that the political world had shifted. You can never predict trends from by elections and certainly not the earth shaking trends that Justin Trudeau was enthusiastically boasting about.
Four by-elections took place and the ruling Conservative party’s candidates handily won two in Alberta while the Trudeauites won two in Ontario. It worked out that the Tories held on to the two seats they occupied before the by elections while the Liberals gained one seat previously held by the NDP. these are hardly the trends that would lead anyone (who was not stoned) to conclude that there was much to be learned from the results of the by elections. Certainly, there was NOT indication of a ground swell to sweep Stephen Harper from office and encourage The Messiah (prince Justin) to hire the moving van and make arrangements to move into the Prime Minister’s residence.
If anything, the fact that the Conservatives won fifty percent of the seats being contested last night even after almost non-stop media promotion of himself by Trudeau gave any indications that the populace was enthralled with Trudeau or that the Harper government had fallen to disfavor. It may (well) have been an endorsement of the direction being managed by ruling Conservatives and a rejection of young Trudeau’s dream that “form could trump substance”.
Listening to the bravado being offered up by young Trudeau, there was a great deal to be learned from the high vote counts obtained by his two Toronto candidates. I then checked the official tabulations and was shocked to hear that less than 20% of the eligible voters in the two Toronto ridings actually voted. Conventional thinking is that low voter turnout does not bode well for change in government. Voters tend to to stay home unless there is a real hunger for change.
Having listened to young Trudeau’s self praising endorsement of himself and his silly ideas, I am left to conclude that he had spend a bit of time with his bong pipe before grabbing the nearest microphone and beginning yet another boast session. It is getting tiresome and I suspect that his act” is weighing thin with many other voters. At the end of the day, Trudeau was only able to pull 20% of the voters away from fire works or other Canada Day activities. The turn outs were even lower in the two Alberta ridings and registered at between ten and fifteen percent despite the “Messiah’s” stump rants recently in Alberta where he attempted to characterize the changes to the Foreign Worker’s Program (FWP) as beign intentionally anti-Alberta. (Last time I looked, there were many more Tim Horton’s coffee shops in Ontario than in Alberta.)
I hate to rain on young Trudeau’s parade but I certainly can not see the world changing results he saw and spoke about. Perhaps in the light of a fresh day, once the splif has subsided, Trudeau may be forced to consider that he is beginning to be quite superficial and may be doomed to follow his fellow Liberal leaders, Michael Ignatief and Stephan Dion down the path to political obscurity.
His antics are certainly not promoting the legalization of pot in the minds of many voters and his callous disregard for political process within his own party is not winning back either swing voters or long time Grits. His “best-before date” may expre before the next general election in 2015.