Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Elizabeth May is propping-up the Conservatives -- at the bar!

Elizabeth May has been foaming mad for months on the baseless allegation that Stephen Harper and the NDP are in cahoots. Who can forget her over-the-top rant on CTV Question Period:

"What the hell is wrong with Jack Layton that he can't answer a phone call? I don't understand this. He talks to Harper all the time."

Her conspiracy theories about the NDP "propping up" the Conservatives have even earned her a public rebuke from Toronto Green Party candidate Stephen LaFrenie.

All the more incredible then, that over at May's blog, Stéphane Dion' s partner in the war against Harper is gushing about her brilliant repartee with John Baird and how she and the environment minister she pretends to vilify are planning to hook-up for cocktails and "giggles" later.

People who want results for the environment aren't laughing.


janfromthebruce said...

So all that dooms day talk is not to be taken seriously? And here I thought it was a matter of national urgency that she get a seat in the house. I guess as the election war drum beat rackets down so does May's rants.

janfromthebruce said...

blogging a dead horse, there might be another reason why May did a buff piece on her blogg today, making light of herself, because this poll suggests that the Canadian public didn't take light of their hookup with the liberals.

Angus Reid Poll: Dion-May pact rejected by Canadians
Only 29% of Canadians approve of the recent agreement between the Liberal and Green parties
04.24.07 Tuesday

[TORONTO - Apr. 24, 2007] – Most Canadians have a negative opinion of a recent agreement reached by Liberal leader Stéphane Dion and the leader of the Green Party, Elizabeth May, a new Angus Reid Strategies poll has found. In the online survey of a representative national sample, 45 per cent of Canadians disapprove of the leaders’ decision of not running candidates in each other’s ridings in the next federal election, while just 29 per cent approve.

At least four in every ten respondents in each region is against the Dion/May agreement. In Atlantic Canada, the number of people who reject the deal reaches 50 per cent. People in Alberta are the most inclined to reject it (52%), while those in Manitoba and Saskatchewan are the most prone to support it (34%).

Among Liberal voters, 37 per cent disapprove of the pact to support May, while 52 per cent think otherwise.

The controversial deal will not encourage many people to vote for the Liberals in the next election. Two thirds (65%) of respondents say the agreement does not make them more likely to support the Liberals in the future. However, in Atlantic Canada about one-in-five (22%) do say the pact makes them more inclined to vote for the Liberals.

The agreement has not helped the Greens either, with 72 per cent of respondents saying it does not make them more likely to support the ecological party—which currently has no representation in the House of Commons—in the next federal election.

The Dion/May pact is perceived by many Canadians (44%) as a sign of weakness on the part of the Liberals and their leader. Twenty-eight per cent of respondents who voted for the Liberals in the last federal election agree with this perception. Respondents in Atlantic Canada feel particularly strongly about it, with 56 per cent of them saying the deal projects weakness.

Asked who they would vote for in the next federal election if they resided in Nova Scotia’s Central Nova riding—where May is to run without Liberal opposition—35 per cent of respondents across Canada say they would support Conservative candidate Peter MacKay. May is second with 22 per cent, followed by NDP candidate Louise Loriface with 16 per cent. Support for MacKay is highest in Alberta (69%), May is popular in Manitoba and Saskatchewan (27%), and Loriface leads in Atlantic Canada, with 30 per cent. Liberal voters would be more likely to support the NDP candidate (53%) in this riding than the Green leader (41%).

Finally, on the wake of the Dion/May agreement, Canadians dislike the idea of a possible merger between the Liberals, the NDP and the Greens. More than half (52%) of respondents think these political parties should not unite.

janfromthebruce said...

What's most important in this poll, is the local response to the local NDP candidate, where she scored highest among east coasters, and also where liberal voters were more than inclined to support the NDP than the Green. Oops.
May would be better off running in Manitoba or Sask.

Blogging Horse said...

The Atlantic Canada results for this question prove your point:

"If you were a voter residing in Nova Scotia's Central Nova riding, which of these candidates would
you support in the next federal election?"

Lorifice (NDP): 30%
MacKay (Con): 21%
May (Green): 16%

Given her history, May might be planning to broker a deal with Baird over "drinks and giggles" whereby the Conservatives won't run against her in exchange for her saying nice things about Harper too.

janfromthebruce said...

Well, why not, they are neither left nor right.