Archive for May 2014

Ontario election : will MaRS (and/or some kind of “coalition”) suddenly derail Kathleen Wynne at last?

May 31st, 2014 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

What about the 2014 Ontario election this weekend, you ask ???? Well … the same recent CP24/CTV Ipsos Reid poll of 868 Ontarians, that showed Con 36%, Lib 34%, NDP 23%, also asked its respondents a somewhat different question. And this “found that, regardless of who they would vote for, 52% of those surveyed said [...]



Ontario election May 30 : is “close race” the new deep truth .. and what about Brian Mulroney at Quebecor?

May 30th, 2014 | By Dominic Berry | Category: In Brief

Ontario election polls may be starting to suggest some emerging consistent if still quite uncertain story. The great poll aggregator Eric Grenier offers the snappiest summary : “close race.” The latest “CP24/CTV Ipsos Reid poll of 868 Ontarians has determined that the Liberals now enjoy the support of 34 % of decided voters (up three [...]



East Toronto, May 27 : “Men use love to get sex. Women use sex to get love. Ontario voters use coupons to get pizza.”

May 27th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

Who knows exactly what Ontario Conservative leader Tim Hudak is up to in such friendly campaign headlines as : “Hudak accuses Ontario Liberals of being ‘fundamentally dishonest‘” (CTV News) and “Hudak calls Liberals ‘fundamentally dishonest’” (Postmedia News). I’m guessing his advisors would say the point is that the Kathleen Wynne Liberals are not telling the [...]



Ontario election blues : five easy pieces on the real 24th of May .. from Tory minority to vive le Montreal, etc

May 24th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

The emerging Ontario general voter, it would seem, has still not quite emerged into the open, where pollsters can tie him or her down (and good for that some will say). In any case, she or he has a lot on his or her mind (only some of which is actually in Ontario). The counterweights [...]



Ontario election blues, May 23 .. Why are the polls so volatile, and what does it say about the place to stand today?

May 23rd, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

I remember an eminent authority on such matters saying, just before the Mike Harris Tories in Ontario won their second majority government, almost exactly 15 years ago now : “The pollsters usually get it right.” And in that case they did. They may still get things more or less right in 2014, just before the [...]



Ontario election blues, May 22 .. Is there any chance Andrea Horwath’s New New Democrat strategy is working?

May 22nd, 2014 | By Dominic Berry | Category: In Brief

Despite our alleged provincial flag, we don’t follow British politics across the pond the way we used to, in 21st century Ontario. If we did, we wouldn’t be so perplexed by the shift in direction Andrea Horwath is finally trying to bring to our regional (local?) social democrats. (See, eg: “Ontario election: Traditional NDP supporters [...]



Ontario election blues 2014 : a junkie’s journal, May 17 — going to bed with The Ekos poll: Advantage, Wynne

May 17th, 2014 | By Citizen X | Category: In Brief

GANATSEKWYAGON, ON. SATURDAY, MAY17, 2014. 2:00 AM ET. Before I lay me down to sleep this morning, I have been asked to put the counterweights’ Ontario election watch 2014 to bed for this 24th of May holiday weekend.  (Which takes place on Monday, May 19 this year. Even though we are still apparently commemorating the [...]



Ontario election blues 2014 : a junkie’s journal, May 15 — what a difference etc .. now new poll says Cons ahead

May 15th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

Tim Hudak’s “wild and crazy plan for Tories to win” may not be “that crazy” (Martin Regg Cohn at the Toronto Star, believe it or not), but the latest opinion polls on the current Ontario election campaign certainly seem to qualify on both counts. As noted yesterday, a Forum Research poll taken on May 12  [...]



Ontario election blues 2014 : a junkie’s journal, May 14 — what a difference etc .. new poll says Liberal majority

May 14th, 2014 | By Randall White | Category: In Brief

In what increasingly does seem like the wild and crazy “northern uprising” of the 2014 Ontario election, the counterweights editors aptly enough opined only yesterday : “anyone who is hoping that Kathleen’s Liberals will win at least another minority government on June 12 probably ought to be a bit worried. If the May 9 Ipsos [...]



Ontario election blues 2014 : a junkie’s journal, May 13 — is uber right-wing Hudak Conservative government etc?

May 13th, 2014 | By Counterweights Editors | Category: In Brief

What is still only potentially the most interesting Ontario election campaign in years has not yet come to any tight focus, some 10 days after the at least unofficial start. A question raised on this site back this past January may come closest to where things almost seem to be : “Is an uber right-wing [...]