As we all know by now the big winner in the Monday by-election was, of course, Don Cherry.
Other than that, the three by-elections were notable for their lack of passion, excitement and intensity. Witness the dismal voter turnout.
And that, I believe, reflects the mood of the Canadian electorate. Simply put, when it comes to federal politics, the voters are apathetic or at least not engaged.
This is quite a contrast to the mood in the
. As someone who worked for nearly a year as a political consultant in the US, I can tell you there is a boat load of intensity, emotion and excitement in American politics. United States
The voters down south are angry and they wanted
to know it. Hence the November 2 mid-term election, in which voters spanked the Obama regime pretty good. Washington
But here in
it’s different. Canada
There is no great desire among voters to remove Prime Minister Stephen Harper from office, nor is there a great desire to keep him in office.
It’s kind of a political limbo.
And this is the challenge all the political parties must face in the months ahead.
How will they reach voters on an emotional level?