In the days leading up to the Throne Speech, just about every political party was sabre-rattling about a possible federal election being just weeks away.
One reason for this posturing is money.
By creating a crisis situation -- "Oh my God, an election is almost here!!!"--- they can squeeze financial supporters for cash.
In fact, I just received such a letter from the Conservative Party. Ringing the election alarm bells, it implored me for a "special" contribution of $35, $55 or possibly $70.
What really struck me about this letter, however, was how poorly it was written.
Typical sentence: "The Liberals have an all or nothing plan. 'All' equals them getting back in government. If not back in government, the Liberals could care less what impact comes from their anger, personal attacks and obstructionism."
I think I know what this is supposed to mean, but it's just so painfully awkward.
And parts of the letter just don't make sense.
Take this line: "Stephane Dion may use threats and attacks in a shameless attempt to gain national support. Let's make sure his belligerent tactics in Parliament will be remembered in the next election."
Why would you want to "make sure" voters remember Dion's attacks in an election?
And naturally this letter does not contain one iota of conservative principle. No mention is made, for instance, about the need to make government smaller or to promote free enterprise.
Well at least they got my name spelled right.