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tuvor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:31 AM
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CTV.ca: Canadians regionally split on political storm
Canadians are deeply divided in their feelings about the political storm that has waged over the past week, with new poll numbers showing a level of regional tension that hasn't been seen since Quebec teetered on the brink of separation.

Peter Donolo of the The Strategic Counsel polling firm said poll results, which were first published in The Globe and Mail, show almost mirror-opposite sentiment among residents of Quebec, and the western provinces.

"We haven't seen this kind of dramatic regional division since the Meech Lake crisis of the Mulroney government when the fabric of the country was really being torn," Donolo told CTV.ca on Friday.

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That deep rift in regional sentiment is a more difficult hurdle than the current political uncertainty, for the government to overcome, Donolo said.

"That's the more serious, substantive crisis -- the unity crisis. And I think it's reflected in these numbers and that's what (Harper) is going to have to deal with moving forward."

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http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/200...
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:09 AM
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1. So if Harper loses all his Quebec seats
He needs about 25 seats in Ontario to win a majority. The media will be going all out (paid advertising and punditry) to push this, but it is a tough slog.
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rationalcalgarian Donating Member (140 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 02:21 PM
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2. Republican tactics
Harper's neocon handlers from Washington DC are gearing up for a two-month media blitz. Watch for the fear, fear, fear campaign and the prolific spread of disinformation and outright lies. The "divide and conquer" tactic is underway!

I, for one, intend to be seditious and treasonous by NOT hating my fellow Canadians because Harper's handlers tell me to. It's unpatriotic of me, in Conservative Canada, but I refuse to be a fucking bigot. (Except when it comes to neocons)
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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 11:36 AM
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6. I've been hearing thinly-veiled Conservative Party ads in NS lately (nt)
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Azooz Donating Member (271 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 07:31 PM
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3. During A Civil Emergency - the U.S Army can help Harper?
Edited on Sat Dec-06-08 07:33 PM by Azooz
I am sorry if this is old news, I am not up to date with Canadian politics, this is from February and I do not know if it has been updated:

Canada, U.S. Agree To Use Each Other's Troops In Civil Emergencies

22/02/08 "Canwest News" -- -- Canada and the U.S. have signed an agreement that paves the way for the militaries from either nation to send troops across each other's borders during an emergency, but some are questioning why the Harper government has kept silent on the deal.

Neither the Canadian government nor the Canadian Forces announced the new agreement, which was signed Feb. 14 in Texas.


http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19410.h...

edit - spelling
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 09:40 AM
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4. I'm gonna bet that it's"low information voters"...
that are primarily against the coalition. That they're swayed by the bullshit fear rhetoric from Harper's PR campaign.

Heard a conservative radio ad yesterday that started off something like "In the last election, Canadians overwhelmingly rejected Stephane Dion..." My thought was that the coalition should copy the add by saying that "In the last election, Canadians overwhelmingly rejected Stephen Harper, with almost 6 out of 10 voting against him, and yet he feels he can rule as if he had the support of a majority of Canadians."

Sid
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 07:05 PM
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5. Why is it whenever the cons are in office the phrase "Fabric of the country being torn"
Gets used alot more.
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