Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Martin to Address the Nation

For the first time since 1995, a Canadian Prime Minister will be taking his message to the air waves in Prime Time. In a desperate attempt to stem the tide of opposition rising against the Liberal Party, Paul Martin will take his message to the people. Apparently it's not to call an election. It's not a prorogation. He's not resigning. He's banking the future of his party and this country on a five minute speech to the people of Canada.

The move comes on the heels of a new poll which gives the Conservatives a 7 point lead over the Liberals. Another poll also indicates that the lead is strongly Gomery driven, as the two parties are 34-30 with a clean questions but the lead more than doubles with a loaded Gomery-driven question.

This may be Paul Martin's only chance to stop the bleeding, his only chance to save the party and to spare the nation a disaster of a Conservative government.

Given his history with public speaking (see last year's debate)...well let's just say I'm not holding my breath.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Nylon said...

A lot of this is going to depend on the media coverage in the aftermath. Given how biased the rwcm has been lately I'm not very optimistic.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Walsh Writes said...

Uh, stop the opposition? How about prevent the public from finding him responsible?

Uh, clean questions vs what the truth?

Uh, save who from the conservatives? all the liberals with good jobs you mean?

9:43 AM  
Blogger calgarygrit said...

Paul always does better from prepared texts than when he has to think on his feet.

That's likely why he's going this route. He'll do OK but I think it might be too little too late,

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Calgary Grit - Paul also does better when he doesn't have the Opposition parties asking him questions. For that matter, he does better when he can shut down/ignore public inquiries like he did when he called last June's election.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Caurus said...

Wow Brian, that was some incredibly ignorant ramblings. The stuff about polling made very little sense, any poll done without a clean, clear question is worthless. You want the polls to be rigged to show the Conservatives doing better than they really are?

As for the bit about when the election should be called, while you and your genius may be in favour of it, we don't deliver guilty verdicts in trials half way through, we don't cancel blowout sports games at half time, and we shouldn't call this election half way through the Gomery Inquiry.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Walsh Writes said...

The mistaken idea that liberals can just cut off Gomery like it is some infected limb and throw it away to be ignored...

is stupid! No question should make any person believe that is possible.

8:45 PM  
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