When the Conservative Party started drifting to the Left, the political geniuses in the Prime Minister's Office said it was all part of a crafty strategy designed to ensure a majority government.
The National Citizens Coalition even backed this reasoning. In its latest newsletter, Freedom Watch, the NCC defends the March budget --- which to many observers was more Liberal than Conservative -- this way:
"This is a budget designed to appeal to voters in suburban Canada, gaining the Tories favour in areas like the vote rich GTA and rural Quebec."
The newsletter also notes, "All in all, this was a `minority' budget, and while it focused far too heavily on spending, we can only hope that it will firm up enough support to form a majority government."
Well it seems it hasn't worked.
In fact, the latest SES poll shows the Tories and the Liberals are in a dead heat.
What makes this all the more astounding is that the Liberals have an extremely weak leader.
What's going on here?
Well maybe the voters are picking up on something that has eluded both the NCC and the PMO.
Simply put, Canadians want their leaders to stand for something; to have some sort of values or vision.
The only thing the Tories seem to stand for is winning.
So maybe the Conservatives should try another strategy. Maybe they should actually try sticking by their principles.