Sometimes I enjoy watching re-runs on TV … like Columbo, Hogans’ Heros (sorry), Blazing Saddles, Fawlty Towers and any Monty Python creation.
But I like my politics FRESH and NEW … even though, let’s face it, it’s often the same old scripts and dramas re-run again … but at least with new faces on new issues, new arguments and new accusations and even new scandals and new charges.
Yet here we go again.
The 2017 election campaign is so far looking so much like the last one, in 2013.
The NDP is leading the polls province-wide at 29% support; the Liberals are in second place at 25% and the Greens are trailing again at 14%.
However, there ARE signs the Greens could prove spoilers … hurt the NDP even more than they did last time.
According to the latest Mainstreet/Postmedia polling, on Vancouver Island … for the first time ever, the Greens are LEADING with 25% expressed voter support, followed by the NDP at 22% and the Liberals at 20%.
But take out the “undecided” voters and the Greens are TIED on Vancouver Island with the Liberals, at 32% voter support, with the NDP trailing both at 28%.
BAD news for the NDP, who have had four years to come up with new strategies, policies and appeal to the undecided and center-of-the-road middle class voters to outflank and even sweep aside the impact of their arch nemesis Green competition.
Sure does not look at this point like they have succeeded in ANY of that!
No attractive new plans or policies? Not a very effective or appealing leader? Or still stuck fighting old battles, with old promises, old give-away policies?
Apparently absolutely nothing …so far … to move or motivate enough voters to even get out and vote with any enthusiasm. Even though, I’m sure their strategists know, a low turnout will likely benefit the Liberals.
The way things are going right now, I would not be surprised to see the Greens take much of Vancouver Island and the Liberals, once again, take enough of the interior, the north and the Lower Mainland to stay in power.
Of course, we still have a full month to go … but with all the Liberal attack ads gearing up and the promises, cheques and gifts still to come … hard to see at THIS point, how the Official Opposition will become government.
Unless the people have simply had enough of Christy and her crew.