The recognition of reality is taking place in the most unlikely of locations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, where it appears the New Democrats and Bloc Quebecois are ready to support a ways and means bill on Friday to avoid a fall election.
For now at least, the Conservative minority government seems safe after Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff pledged to bring down the government at the earliest opportunity, the first of which would come on Friday with apparently no success as this was being written.
There are more challenges ahead for the Conservatives in October and who knows what political opportunism or backroom deal could trigger an election in the next month or so?
I suspect that the party leaders have assessed their own situations and have seen that an election isn’t going to do a whole lot for them. The one in the most precarious situation is NDP leader Jack Layton, who stands to lose seats if an election is called, which could put his personal situation as party leader in jeopardy.
The Bloc can’t expect much more than status quo and for all the sabre-rattling being done by the Liberals, most polls show that they’re trailing the Tories, so why they would want an expensive election now is a head-scratcher for most of us.
The only possible answer is that politicians like to tell Canadians what they want as opposed to listening to what Canadians want. That’s why the decision by Canadians in the last federal election less than a year ago is being ignored and that’s why politicians are ignoring polls saying that we don’t want an election now.
The current GNN Poll clearly indicates that the Canadian golf industry definitely does not want to go to the voting booth as 83 per cent of respondents as of this writing said that, in the current economy, a federal election is not a good thing, while 17 per cent took the opposite view.
It may not be fair to speak on behalf of all respondents, but golf is an industry that is so heavily reliant on discretionary income and with signs that the economy is starting to turn around, who except for self-serving politicians would want to run the risk of stalling that through the uncertainty of an election?
Since Canadians have already made their feelings known, not only through the GNN Poll but others as well, it’s time for politicians who say they can’t work with the government to do just that, which is what we told them to do in the first place when we elected them.
The confidence level in Canada, both inside and outside our borders, is stronger without the constant threat of election year after year. With businesses and individuals facing a long road ahead to economic recovery, a government willing to work together best serves us over one splintered by ideology and opportunism.
We’ll leave the current GNN Poll up for the weekend for those who haven’t had their say yet. As always, your expanded thoughts are always welcome in the GNN Forum.