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04:42 PM on 02/19/2013
Politics is deception.
04:23 PM on 02/19/2013
The recent office of religious freedom was just another way the Harper government is continuing its push to appeal to minorities and like the last elections they will give the Tories majority for the foreseeable future

The opposition parties need to act and do it quickly, we recently saw J.Trudeau reach out to the Muslim community so it seems they are at least aware
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Juanne Michaud
Proud Canadian, loony lefty
06:02 PM on 02/19/2013
It will depend very much on what the office officially does and if they are biased for or against any particular group.

Should the Tories pander to their base and put a bunch of RE-FO-O-O-RRRM types in charge, we'll be seeing the Canadian version of the Tea Party. That will not appeal to minorities, let alone the urban voters. In fact, it would do the Tories far more harm than good, since Canadians tend to be fairly liberal on social issues.

Another problem will be balancing the requests of religious groups against the Charter. Unfortunately, many religions practice various forms of discrimination (ban on gays, banning women, etc.) and pushing for measures most Canadians do not wish to see enacted (Sharia law, anti-choice, etc.)

I think that a government policy that may be more crucial to minority groups is that of immigration. If the Tories are perceived as anti-immigrant and the other parties are not, that may cost the Tories votes.
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bumbaclaude
06:21 PM on 02/19/2013
He's doen't need to appeal to these religïous weirdos all of them already vote Reform.
But it's enough to tic of the rest! (99%)
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giantsteps
04:08 PM on 02/19/2013
After many years as Harper as the PM, I am convinced he would desire to have an autocracy governing Canada. He is a person, based on arguments regarding sociopaths, that he is a sociopath.
I have read that politicians are either narcississtic or sociopaths. No question they are evolved from a primal species of conquer. Yet they don't realize that events like the French Revolution will occur again.
Harper must get a grip about his issues with his father. It is so obvious.
04:31 PM on 02/19/2013
JTrudeau's father is precisely the reason he will never, ever see the PMO. Mulcair's union masters make him unelectable, federally.

BTW, you seem fond of the French Revolution. Who are you picking to be our Napoleon?
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Charles the Great
Canadian/Israeli Goy back in Halifax!!!
06:30 PM on 02/19/2013
Mulcair did make more voteable then it was since he is distancing the NDP away from the far leftists in the party
04:40 PM on 02/19/2013
LOL! That's hilarious! So I'm not the only one who have noticed that, after all! :D
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Add In Canadia
Egotism is a weakness
04:02 PM on 02/19/2013
A lot of clamor about how Harper is the worst thing ever, but the fun thing is that Canadians like the NPD and the Liberals *less*

Course people will say "but if you just combined the Liberals and NDP together they'd beat out the Conservatives" but that's not how how these political games are played. A merger between those two parties is highly unlikely next election cycle because the Liberals want to be in the driver's seat (due to nostalgic wanting of it's old former glory), and they don't have the seats nor the public support for that to happen; which means they'd have to play second fiddle, that's not going to happen. Course I could be surprised, but the Liberal party is as stiff as it's ever been.

Sides, the Conservatives also have a few years to sway public support as well, and the opposition also has those few years to hold the Conservative's feet to the fire. Course right now that 'fire' is comfortably warm, which lets Harper walk all over the opposition.
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Charles the Great
Canadian/Israeli Goy back in Halifax!!!
04:07 PM on 02/19/2013
As a Liberal voter I'm not a NDP'er and many Liberals feel the same.
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Juanne Michaud
Proud Canadian, loony lefty
05:54 PM on 02/19/2013
And I'm an NDP voter, not a Liberal. I feel pretty much the same. Despite what the media says, we ain't the same. At all.
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heterodoxlibertarian
small government liberal
10:27 PM on 02/19/2013
I feel the same way. Why aren't you an NDP'er?
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gravescanada
05:20 PM on 02/19/2013
The Progressive Conservative Party of Canada was dead in the water until they merged with the Canadian Alliance (formerly the Reform Party of Canada) and and became The Conservative Party of Canada. The same can happen with the Liberals and the NDP if they put their personal gains aside for the betterment of Canada.
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Egotism is a weakness
05:37 PM on 02/19/2013
Yeah, but you should look at the motivation of why it happened in the first place.  It was when a party representing the East was in power, and the opposition party only represented Quebec.  That juuuust might be a good reason to force the merger of the "right-wing," or rather elements of Canada that exist outside of Ontario and Quebec.
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bumbaclaude
06:29 PM on 02/19/2013
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MJ galt
Adapt or Die; there's No Free Lunch
04:01 PM on 02/19/2013
Any intelligent person knows that polls are designed to confirm preconceived notions embodied in the questions asked. Only fools put any stock in the results.
04:32 PM on 02/19/2013
Hence, the reason for their popularity on these boards.
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MJ galt
Adapt or Die; there's No Free Lunch
04:51 PM on 02/19/2013
Yup...  Meaningless midterm polls appeal to those people who can't grasp the issues and are looking for a scapegoat to blame for everything that goes wrong in their miserable pathetic lives.  They generally lack any understanding of personal responsibility and always expect someone else to solve all their problems.  The government leader is always a convenient target; it comes with the job.
03:58 PM on 02/19/2013
It is hard to determine if this is an actual downwards tread of the Conservative Party as Canadian get a second look. This is not the PC Party that Canadians are familiar with, but it is expected that the CP will continue to lead until the next election. Then they should lose power.
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bpavich
laughter is medicine for the soul
03:57 PM on 02/19/2013
These polls are such a diversion, they are daily waste of time.......rhetoric!
Meanwhile PBO Page is waiting for a replacemnt before the next budget and any less ‘a management failure,’says PBO Page.....
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fromdnorth
OK I checked my micro-bio (didn't know I had one
03:56 PM on 02/19/2013
I learned, the hard way, that a dead jelly fish could still poison...
03:43 PM on 02/19/2013
The Harper government was only elected with only 38% of the national vote.

If 72% of canadians are opposed to his deceitful unscrupulous corporate-servant ideology, and to his complete disregard for canadian values ...

Then ... This Government cannot possibly speak nor represent the majority of canadians,

and does not longer have the moral authority to pretend nor act as if they have a majority government.
03:57 PM on 02/19/2013
That would be 62%...........I don't like Harper either (read despise), but if the left parties don't get together, we will be stuck with Harper for another 5 to 10 years. Harper is doing all kinds of things to clean up his image as he is aware that the majority of Canadians really do not like him, or his political shenanigans.
04:21 PM on 02/19/2013
if they lost 10 points ... today is 72% ...

and yes, I agree with you .... canadians should remain united against him
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MJ galt
Adapt or Die; there's No Free Lunch
04:06 PM on 02/19/2013
More qualified voters chose not to vote than the numbers that voted for any party. That's the group that will decide the outcome of the next election.

Getting the left to unite is like herding cats or teaching pigs to ice skate.

The left's elitist arrogance will continue to be their downfall.
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Scooterish
Please pass the meat!
03:37 PM on 02/19/2013
I think it'll be a split with NDP and the Liberals. The Conservatives are done. Thank goodness!
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MJ galt
Adapt or Die; there's No Free Lunch
04:07 PM on 02/19/2013
don't count your chickens before they're hatched
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Scooterish
Please pass the meat!
04:13 PM on 02/19/2013
I know I know, but if I close my eyes real hard, it'll happen!
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gravescanada
05:24 PM on 02/19/2013
No, Harper has marginalized way to much of the population with his manipulations and outright lies. His government will be remembered as one of the most damaging in the history of Canada.
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mercsforever
Allons-y, mes amis!
03:37 PM on 02/19/2013
'..."Despite their relatively humbled position, [the Conservatives] still have the most committed base ...'

And those who haven't been committed should be...
03:36 PM on 02/19/2013
The weekly HPoo poll says...

Nothing worth reading or digesting just another research firm trying to stay relevant just like AOL

Polls are nothing more than just data mining for the elites
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Charles the Great
Canadian/Israeli Goy back in Halifax!!!
04:11 PM on 02/19/2013
wait another month and this will change. As a liberal I think alot of the attacks about the PM are from people who A) never vote B) do not realize we even have elections.
03:36 PM on 02/19/2013
There's always going to be about 20-30% of Canadians notwithstanding sub-cretinous IQ syndrome, syphilitic brain lesions, superfluous rectums and wanking disease who will vote Conservative no matter what.
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cinderelladressmaker
03:46 PM on 02/19/2013
Don't forget the lemmings who can't think for themselves!
06:35 PM on 02/19/2013
I feel sorry for lemmings.  I wonder if they are cognizant of our opinion of them. 
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03:33 PM on 02/19/2013
THE MOST UNLIKEABLE PRIME MINISTER CANADA HAS HAD IN MY LIFETIME. EVEN BEATS MULRONEY FOR THAT POSITION. WHO ARE THE 29% THAT LIKE HIM. WEIRD HIS POLICIES ONLY BENEFIT THE 1 PER CENT>
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Charles the Great
Canadian/Israeli Goy back in Halifax!!!
03:35 PM on 02/19/2013
LOLOLOLOL

That's all I can say even when the occupy movement still can not realize what they wanted we already had in Canada and that is the rich paying the most taxes at 47% of the income tax is just one.
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cinderelladressmaker
03:40 PM on 02/19/2013
Are those the same 1% that is enjoying all the tax deductions and loopholes?
Because if you can afford a good accountant, you can save paying a lot of taxes!
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Tony Pepperoni
Where did all the good Republicans go?
03:44 PM on 02/19/2013
What they want is to reduce the gap between the wealthy and the middle class to what it was in the 50's. We have a widening gap in Canada.