Kelly McParland in the NP hits the nail on the head as he analyses the latest Ipsos Reid Poll in light of all the shenanigans and antics on Parliament Hill lately.
In case you're having trouble deciphering what that means, here it is: Nothing has changed in the 4+ years since the Tories were elected.
The Conservatives have almost exactly the same support they had in 2006, and again in the 2008 election. Liberal support is the same as it was in 2008, and down only sligtly from 2006. Any variations fall within the margin of error.
The detainee non-scandal had no effect (though don't expect Ujjal Dosanjh to stop barking about it). Prorogation had no effect. Helena Guergis's mortgage had no discernable effect (though the monumental importance of a junior minister's mortgage arrangements may take some time to sink in with the voting public, so we can't say with certainty that it's absolutely meaningless until we see the results of future polls.)
Michael Ignatieff got no bounce from his tour of Canadian campuses. He gained nothing from ThinkFest 2010 in Montreal. Demanding more information on Ms. Guergis's crucial mortgage details has done him no good. Just as the Liberals' scandal-a-day tactics of 2009 went nowhere, so they've achieved nothing in 2010.
You can reach one of several conclusions about this:
1. Canadians have learned to pay little if any attention to the silly antics in Ottawa, and only tune in when an election is actually in progress.
2. Canadians are riveted to C-Span and the daily outpouring of Commons goings-ons, and have concluded that they still prefer the Tories despite the Oppositions many efforts to paint them as insensitive, insufferable and prone to supporting torture.
3.Michael Ignatieff has got to get it through his head that until he presents a viable alternative to the government, no one is going to see the sense of dumping one bunch of blowhards for another. And that means concrete policies, not vague allusions to the party's general support for all things good and true.
4. As long as the economy is OK, who cares?
Roy MacGregor talks about how the chatter classes feast upon scraps in a capital starving for scandal., and come up with all kinds of speculations and innuendo. With that, the rumors just continue. That's all they are, for now anyway until either the Ethics Commish or the RCMP comes up with something concrete.
Meanwhile our economy is continuing to recover, Canadians are starting to go back to work. The Harper government keeps getting things done for the country. Spring is here, people get out and into the yards to start gardening, rushing out to the golf course anxious to try out their new clubs they may have gotten for Christmas. The NHL playoffs are about to begin etc. That's what Canadians pay attention to. Not the drive by smears and the faux scandals.
Remember, as a well-known Canadian was fond of saying: "The more you throw mud, the more you lose ground.