I just got back from a Board of Trade “Special Breakfast” meeting.
Now I usually just attend these things for the breakfast, but sometimes you can get some interesting tidbits of political information.
Like today, for instance, Greg Lyle from the Innovative Research Group gave a presentation on the current political scene in Canada.
Lyle has been doing some post-election polling and he says the number one thing Canadians expected from the new Conservative government was a more ethical approach to government.
Then came the Emerson affair. Oops.
But actually according to Lyle the Emerson floor crossing didn’t hurt the Tories too much. In fact, Lyle’s poll shows the Tories with the support of 35 percent of Canadians, which is pretty much where they were on election night.
After the first two weeks in office 30 percent of Canadians, says the Lyle poll, think the Tories are dong worse than expected, 11 percent think they are doing better than expected and 40 percent think they are doing exactly as expected, while 17 percent think it’s too early to tell.
Lyle says if the Tories want to get any traction over the next few weeks they should stick to issues which play to their strength: improving relations with the US; cutting the GST; battling crime.
And speaking of the Liberals, Lyle says the people who poll best for their next leader – McKenna, Tobin, Rock – aren’t running.
Of those who might run, Michael Ignatieff has the best numbers but they are not that great.
There was a bunch of other stuff discussed but that’s about all I was able to comprehend so early in the morning.