New Poll: Why Will You Vote For Stephen Harper?

It’s over yonder on the right side of this page. Definitely my most reasonable, levelheaded and not-at-all-snotty poll yet. We’ll leave it up until sometime Sunday. Vote!

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

6 thoughts on “New Poll: Why Will You Vote For Stephen Harper?”

  1. Gun Control and its repeal is the ONLY issue in much of rural Saskatchewan. One sees a lot of green signs with “Remember C-nnnn” the LIBERAL’s gun registry legislation, rather than partisan political signs.
    One also has to venture not very far outside Regina to see these signs.
    The NDP are seen as week kneed sisters to the Liberals on gun control.
    Brad Trost has also shown the abortion is still very much an issue with “values” voters in spite of Harper’s denial.

  2. This will not help me feel any better if the Cons get a majority, but it does echo the feelings I have:
    The worst government in the history of Canada has enough support to possibly win a majority of seats in the House of Commons. People who support Harper are of the mentality that everyone else will eventually come around to the “right” way of thinking. You can’t talk to them. Maybe we need a Con Majority and the ensuing vandalism which is inevitable to follow in order to convince people…. but it blows my mind that people aren’t fed up enough already.

  3. @No. 3: Oh, where to begin. Canada’s desire to keep this guy in power depends on many things: 1. Democracy-at-large’s pendulum cliche, in which of two dominant established parties, the ‘silent majority’ (not always wise) will constantly rotate one for the other after 8 to 16 years. Provincially, the NDP are often awarded 3-4 terms then bounced, in spite of whatever excellent record they were running at the time, i.e. 1964, 2007; federally, 2006 with Paul Martin. In short, voter fatigue. 2. A lack of any real believable opposition. Harper profits from the pendulum effect/voter fatigue and no real believable opposition. 3. Sexual identity: Harper intimidates no one. Everyone knows Harper lost his virginity to his wife at like, age 27. This is good for people to feel. His sexual prowess may be purely functional (procreation), but he’s just belligerent enough to control people. Ignatieff may have lost it on an exchange trip to Sweden when he was 17; this is too cool for most people. Most Canadians are like Harper. 4. Identity-in-General: the bulk of Canadian voting public right now are dudes in their 40s and 50s. They may all drive really sweet $40K oversized trucks now, but they can never pretend that they didn’t grow up in a barren and alienated 1970s Canadian existence listening to sad, defiant songs by Rush and watching the Maple Leafs lose on Saturday nights. Harper is like that guy or worse. They can identify.

    5. People are also lazy.

    The only thing that baffles is how the geekiest, most temperamental, seething, spiteful, jerk-of-a-kid got permission to become Prime Minister. Mostly because he decided to lead a party when no one else wanted the job, true, and profited from voter fatigue against the Libs and lack of any believable opposition. BUT, after 6 YEARS…

    See, it all comes down to Canadian sense of pity: guy has only had 6; by our moral codes, he’s guaranteed 8. So he’s good for at least another minority, unless the opposition kills him, then normal human disinterest in his fate sets in. If he gets 4-5 however, Canada will absolutely HATE him after 2 more years, which is also typical of out hypocritical and lazy impulses, and no matter who runs the Libs in 2015, he’ll win in a landslide. Sorry Peter McKay.

  4. Talbot, I think the sponsorship scandal had a lot to do with Martin’s defeat in 2006, though I am not saying the pendulum was not in effect then.

    And public dislike of Ignatieff is what is keeping Harper in office right now– let us be clear about that.

  5. I have this feeling that when the pendulum starts to swing back and the Cons have finally done enough damage to piss the right/wrong people off, we will see Ralph take a run at the PM’s office and win it.

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