It makes me laugh that no matter how hard the lefty media shrills for the Liberals, they continue on a downward trend, both of them. No matter how many hands Ignatieff shakes or how many times he misses Parliament to travel Canada, the Canadian people are not buying it. I am sure that the Ekos and IPSOS surveys represent an accurate picture AT THIS POINT in time.
The ads have helped frame Ignatieff as just visiting, and in it for himself. Even my Liberal parents think that way. The threat of an election when Canadians don't want one is probably the main reason for the uptick in the Conservative numbers.
Working into Canadians consciousness is that sneaking suspicion that a coalition would happen after the next election if the Conservatives only win a minority again. People might not list that as the number one reason for supporting the Conservatives, but it is percolating just on the outer rim of people's minds.
The Bloc DEMANDING more money for Quebec, is so arrogant and distasteful to the ROC that PM Harper has to come out strongly stating that Quebec should not get more money than the 8.6 BILLION they already get from the ROC. If all cultures are equal according to our Charter of Rights, then Quebec is equal to Saskatchewan and Newfoundland, not better. Interesting thing from the surveys is that the Conservatives now poll higher than the Liberals in Quebec after saying NO to the arena. That should be a big hint to the Conservatives. Stand your ground and do not pander to Quebec, they will not respect you for it.
Also interesting is that women are giving the Conservatives the nod. I guess not all women are lefty feminists. Can we expect an election in the spring? I'm still not sure, as the polls could shift again. I don't really want one, but I'm ready to door knock when it becomes necessary. Edmonton NDP MP Linda Duncan is going down, no matter how many NDP university students she recruits!!