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The Left wing European wave is lapping onto Canadian Tory shores
While reporting on 680 news the astonishing victory over Nicholas Sarkosy earlier this week of French socialist leader Francois Hollande, I added the colour line that ” It would be like Thomas Mulcair beating Stephen Harper here in Canada ” .
Hollande’s victory was remarkable because it has been 17 years since a socialist party has governed in France. It would be more astounding here in Canada if the NDP ever formed a federal government because it has never happened before.
But a fresh poll published today by Decima research reveals the N.D. P. is gaining ground on the Harper Tories here in Canada. The Poll, which found after polling 2000 people has actually surpassed the Harper Tories in popular support. The N.D.P measures in at 34 % of popular support to the Tories 30%. Yes, the margin of error ( which ranges between 2.3 – 3% ) actually means the two are in a statistical tie. But still, what is clear, is that the orange surge in the last election is strengthening in the absence of Jack Layton and under the leadership of Thomas Mulcair. Highlights of the poll include the N.D.P. gain in traditional Tory territory among men in Urban and Suburban regions. The poll puts N.D.P. popular support in that demographic at 39% to the Tories 29%.
I don’t know exactly what’s happening here, but something is happening here. In Europe, the Socialist victory was chaulked up to ” austerity fatigue “. We can’t exactly say Canadians have been forced into an austerity lifestyle by the Harper government, but it might be an indicator that the ” Occupy ” movement is more than just a bunch of unemployed lost souls who have nothing better to do than point out the gap between the 1% and 99% . What do you think ?