The arrogance of Justin Trudeau in calling a pandemic election was felt to the very end. He called it despite the legislation which provides fixed election dates, the motion in the House against holding a pandemic election, which even his party signed, and despite outbreaks and severe weather conditions across the country.
The difficulties his election call imposed on those entrusted with delivering the election were felt right through to voting day and no doubt even now as the vote continues to be tallied. [More]
In this election, as of figures from Elections Canada updated at 2:25 pm September 22, between 59.52 and 62 per cent of registered voters cast ballots (taking into account the estimates of mail-in ballots). Of the 27,366,297 registered electors, about 38 to 40.5 per cent — between 10.4 and 11.1 million — did not vote.
After the 2019 election, Elections Canada reported that 90 per cent of absentee voters gave “reasons related to everyday life” and “reasons of a political nature” as answers to why they did not vote. [More]
The prediction of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party strategists that he could win a majority government by holding the election in September, and his own opportunism and arrogance in agreeing to call the pandemic election, causes many to question the Liberals’ narcissism and lack of good judgement.
The fact is that the ruling class’s powers of prediction are zero and have been zero for some time. Polls are more often than not wrong and many people wonder why. They have been wrong so often that in this election pollsters often included the caveat that “if the polls results are accurate,” then this or that can be expected.
A caveat is a proviso, as in “there are a number of caveats which concern the validity of the assessment results.” In other words, don’t hold us to anything we say. [More]
For $600 million and counting Canadians got a dangerous status quo on the night of the election. Initial reports of the 44th general election results are said to be Liberals: 158 (up one); Conservatives 119 (down three); NDP 25 (up one); Bloc Québécois 34 (up one) and Green Party two (down one). Mail-in ballots are yet to be counted. Once they are counted reports indicate it could affect the outcome in eighteen ridings but will not change the fact that the next government will be a Liberal minority.
It remains a mystery for Canadians why the Liberals thought calling an election in the middle of a pandemic was a good idea. More so because the election call coincided with the September return to schools with teachers, education workers and parents focused on coping with all the uncertainties and worries related to COVID-19 outbreaks and unsafe learning and teaching conditions. In these circumstances they eliminated many teachers, education workers and parents from the equation of who might vote for them. [More]