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Canadian Progressive: Bad News: Two Polls Give Harper Conservatives Edge Over News Democrats

As the Canadian Parliament returns for what promises to be another acrimonious session, two opinion polls show that the Harper Conservatives hold a slight lead over Thomas Mulcair’s New Democrats. The Canadian Press Harris-Decima poll pegs Conservative support at 34 per cent, the New Democrats at 27, the Liberals at 24 and the Greens at seven. According to the Huffington Post: “The second poll by Nanos Research also gives the Tories the edge, but with just two per cent on the NDP the Tory lead is within the margin of error.” But the Conservatives’ lead will not last. Another Bill C38-style omnibus

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Scott's DiaTribes: Friday flipping

-Young Liberal Zach Paiken asserts that Canada is becoming more conservative – therefore, Liberals must follow that trend to get re-elected one day. I don’t see any polls or statistics in that story backing that claim up. Zach, if you’re not aware, has a bit of a reputation amongst some of us Liberals of being on the conservative side of the Liberal Party, so I’m not particularly surprised he’d try to claim Liberals need to move to the right, or be more “conservative”. He needs more then his assertions though to prove those claims. As an aside, our last

Blunt Objects: Federal HD Poll: 34% NDP, 30% Con, 20% Lib

It’s an interesting little poll, for some reason currently lacking a proper link to its official PDF file, but Harris-Decima was nice enough to lay out the entire poll in one go here.

Harris-Decima (Federal – May 10th) New Democrats: 34% (+1) – 129 seats Conservatives: 30% (=) – 110 seats Liberal Party: 20% (=) – 59 seats Bloc Québécois: 7% (=) – 9 seats Green Party: 8% (=) – 1 seat

It’s not what I’d call ground-shattering, because it shows essentially no difference from their last poll, out a week ago, except that the NDP

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Blunt Objects: What Does it Mean!?

It means nothing. It’s a poll, one of many, that shows the NDP leading the Conservatives as the Cons deal with a month of bad news (F35s, economy, robocalls, you name it).

Some people like to attribute it to the “growth” of higher thinking among the population, the new “movement of independents”. It really isn’t, folks. I have no idea why people do this based on a single poll. Even if you’re referring to the trend, it’s three years to the next election! What these polls show now, while supremely interesting to dissect and postulate about what’s going on in

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David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Lesson from Alberta: the need to cultivate the ‘professionally dirty mind,’ uh, clearly illustrated

Um… Nice hubcaps! Below: Proof that it could have been a lot worse! And why is Officer Annette smiling?

To do one’s job properly, I have for years told my earnest journalism and public relations students, anyone who works with words and images must cultivate a “professionally dirty mind.”This does not mean, I tell them in the confident tones of those who are used to being listened to, that they should use bad language, or while away the hours in the office telling offensive jokes or searching out smut on their employer’s Internet account.

No, the professionally

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David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The need to cultivate the ‘professionally dirty mind,’ uh, clearly illustrated

Um… Nice hubcaps! Below: Proof that it could have been a lot worse! And why is Officer Annette smiling?

To do one’s job properly, I have for years told my earnest journalism and public relations students, anyone who works with words and images must cultivate a “professionally dirty mind.”This does not mean, I tell them in the confident tones of those who are used to being listened to, that they should use bad language, or while away the hours in the office telling offensive jokes or searching out smut on their employer’s Internet account.

No, the professionally

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David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Albertans should worry when Calgary becomes the city Canadians love to hate

How other Canadians see the typical Albertan: rich, smug, condescending and irresponsible. Below: What they think of us as a result; Alison Redford; Dalton McGuinty.

We won the lottery. Now we won’t stop telling everyone else how to run their financial affairs. And guess what? They don’t like it!

I’ve always suspected this was the way Canadians were reacting to Albertans. Now we know it was already true way back in 2008, thanks to a public opinion survey of Toronto and Vancouver residents conducted by the Alberta government that year and reported yesterday by the Canadian Press.

“Albertans ‘smug’ and

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