Lots of people are saying the NDP might jump over the Liberals and form the Official Opposition in the next Parliament.
I'm not buying it.
First off, even with a dud like Stephane Dion leading them, the Liberals still have a strong brand name and deep roots in many parts of the country, meaning coming hell or high water they will hang onto their core support which is enough to guarantee them second place.
Second off, the NDP has little room to grow vote-wise. Simply put, their policies are designed to appeal to union bosses, tweedy professors and left-wing special interest groups.
And such policies -- higher taxes, class warfare, pro-big union measures--just don't resonate with the Middle Class.
In fact, the more Canadians learn about the NDP's socialist agenda, the more nervous they will get.
So, the Liberals can relax -- they will get destroyed on election day, but at least they will keep the keys to Stornoway.