Having said that, I DO appreciate the announcement for first time homebuyers. As a person shopping MLS for a home right now (and will be a buyer in about a year or so), It certainly resonates well with me.
But we need more to keep this strong lead going. Might be the difference between a strong minority vs. majority.
It seems to me that in past Canadian elections the focus has been on which party can handout the most goodies. But Canadians are starting to realize how this selfish voting mentality ultimately hurts everyone. A stratedgy of making promises to one group at the expense of another eventually comes full-circle. I think that this election and elections to come will see the focus shift to the question of who is best to lead the country as head of government. And the answer is resoundingly against Dion and in favor of Stephan Harper.
You can probably expect bigger announcements as the day gets closer. Sports analogy speaking, this is just the first quarter, or first period. Wait till the second half at least.
Yeah, I would agree with that.
The two announcements that are resonating well are:
- EI benefits for self-employed (cost $600 million)
- First time buyers tax credit
But these aren't huge announcements.
I think voters are at the point where when a politician makes a big promise that would require a new bureaucracy, we just don't believe them anymore, whereas Harper's smaller focused announcements are doable, manageable, and easily implemented.
Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 10:54 am Post subject: Re: This whole "modest and practical" approach
I'm not sure that announcing a bunch of "modest and practical" so-called election goodies that leaders often announce during campaigns is going to continue to hold for the long haul of this election.
I think that a few more generous announcements should be made, despite the shaky economy. Nothing TOOOO crazy, but at least something...
Agree. The mickey-mouse stuff works great if you have nothing else going on, but they can easily be swamped by unforeseen events. I'll bet that less than 5% of Canadians know what Harper is planning in his next mandate besides showing up for work, but probably 95% have heard him apologising at least once and almost everyone in Canada knows about the Green Shift.
Harper is running a campaign that has no margin for error. Unfortunately, it has been anything but. It's not quite as bad as the bumbling Paul Martin campaign of 2006, but the Stephen Harper Apology Tour is getting there.
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