Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more twists and turns in this election year, the House yesterday rejected the Bush Administration’s $700 billion bailout package and the Dow plummeted. It's hard to find any blameless characters in this congressional bailout mess.
SBuoyed by polls showing the NDP within striking distance of the Big Red Machine for the first time in decades, New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton made his most brazen pitch yet to disaffected Liberals today at a campaign event in Toronto.
“This debate is coming down to essentially two visions — Mr. Harper's vision for Canada and my vision for Canada — and to a decision to be made by people disappointed with Mr. Dion,” Layton said.
Layton’s statement followed release of a poll suggesting Canadians would now prefer an NDP-led opposition. The Angus Reid Strategies poll found:
59 per cent of Canadians agreed that the NDP would do a good job as the official opposition (28 per cent disagreed), while
30 per cent think the Liberals have done a good job in that role.
That poll surveyed 1,004 Canadians online from September 23 to September 24. The margin of error is (=/-) 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
Meanwhile, a Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey suggests the Tories have 36 per cent support nationally, with the Liberals at 26 per cent, the NDP at 19, the Greens at 9 and the Bloc at 8 per cent. Those results have changed little since this election period started.