A federal election theme:
- Recently, I've been feeling like one of the biggest concerns I would have about a Stephen Harper government would be foreign policy. I'm sure you can guess why. However, reading the What Team Martin Said page that the Conservatives have put together over Iraq (hat tip Kinsella, May 18) leaves me equally concerned about Paul Martin.
- Radwanski says (May 19 -- I can't find permalinks) Paul Martin has made a tactical error in aligning himself with the new McGuinty budget. He links to an article in which Martin talks about the consequences of Mike Harris' cutting coming home to roost and then tries to make an analogy with Stephen Harper's proposals. While it might not look good to connect oneself with the health premium -- a tax which I think is a mistake -- there is arguably some merit in Martin's Harris:Harper link.
- I guess the election is being called Sunday. Warren Kinsella can't figure out why, considering the latest poll results (May 20 -- no permalinks there, either).
- Another sign of an upcoming election is Paul Martin's visit to Toronto to announce (along with Dennis Mills) $125-million for Toronto's waterfront. Except, Jean Chretien has already announced $500-million, of which only a fraction has been delivered. What is the purpose of this announcement? Is Martin saying that he's reducing Chretien's promise?
- Mayor Miller snubbed Martin's announcement, reportedly because the feds still haven't made a firm commitment about the bridge. As David Miller has said, the bridge can be killed with a simple signature from the PM... expect some pressure on this in the coming weeks!
- I mentioned a little while ago that I will be moving. If the election is on June 28, I will still be in St. Paul's. Just a couple weeks later I'm moving to Toronto-Danforth, which promises to be a more exciting race!