this time last year

I'm late this morning, having wined and dined my little heart out, then called in a chit for the morning dog-walk. Splendido lived up to its name, and was indeed splendid - a gorgeous room, perfect service, and a wildly creative tasting menu. It was just what I was looking for - an extravagant evening, much more than a great meal, an entire experience.

Hearing it was our first top dining experience in Toronto - and that we were from New York, so we had several others to compare it to - the staff made a bit more fuss over us, even offering an extra course (with wine pairing, of course) in the middle of the tasting menu. It was pretty intense.

Later today I'll stop by the Chowhound Toronto board to thank them and sing the restaurant's praises more fully.

And now back to reality.

This morning, Lone Primate left this comment on yesterday's political thread:
Well, I heard the words "Conservative majority government" on the radio this morning. Anybody else wake up nauseous? :)
I know he wasn't referring to that extra course at Splendido. Redsock sent me this. Please note the date.
11 days before election...

Tories claim five-point lead
Majority is within reach for Harper, poll says
Robert Fife
The Ottawa Citizen

Thursday, June 17, 2004

WINDSOR, Ont. - Stephen Harper's Conservatives have taken a sharp lead over the Liberal party as the Tory leader appealed to Canadians and "disenchanted Liberals" to give him a majority mandate so he can govern "for all Canadians."

A survey by the Liberal party's former pollster shows the Conservatives are heading for a strong minority government and may be within reach of a majority.

Party insiders say a poll by Michael Marzolini, chairman of Pollara, has the Tories at 36 per cent compared with 31 per cent for Paul Martin's Liberals.

The NDP is at 16 per cent and the Bloc Quebecois at 12.

The poll of 1,267 people was completed Tuesday night and is considered accurate within two percentage points 19 times out of 20.

. . . .

"There are no safe seats for the Liberals anywhere any more. None in Atlantic Canada, none in the West, or in Quebec and in Ontario," he said on a campaign swing through the Niagara region. "The Liberals don't have enough seats that they can potentially win to be a majority government, so I think if Canadians want a strong majority -- and I think most Canadians want that -- then they should look very seriously at giving us that kind of a mandate."
I, for one, wish the Liberals would exploit Harper's coziness with US conservativism, especially his assertion that he would have sent Canadian troops to Iraq. No matter how he tries to present himself as a centrist, he did say those words. Why not use them against him?

The front page of morning's Globe And Mail has a story titled "Liberals step up attacks in new TV ads". I haven't read it yet, but it sounds like a good sign. I'm all for attacking candidates with their own words, especially when the words sound like kissing noises aimed at Resident Bush.


barefoot hiker said...

Yeah. It's not just a matter of the Liberals winning at all costs, it's keeping the Tories from doing the things they'd do to us... subverting the Constitution and the independence of the judiciary, letting Washington decide who can enter our country, fly on our planes, and how we conduct our private lives, and being willing to send Canadians to die in pointless, immoral wars. On the other hand, the Liberals really do need a rework.

sharonapple88 said...

Thank you for giving me hope l-girl.

On the other hand, the Liberals really do need a rework.

Anyone you think might be up for the job of leader?

Kyle_From_Ottawa said...

Well, I'm sure the Liberals have lost by now.

Martin seems to be flailing wildly, it reminds me of how Earnie Eaves was promising anything and everything under the sun as you vote for him. It doesn't help that "crime and punishment" became the defining issue, which is always a boon for conservatives.

To be honest, I'm finding this election depressing. Looking at much of the commentary from liberal and conservative supporters is reinforcing my conception that people are merely sheeple.

I don't think there will be any drastic changes with a Conservative government, especially a minority one. The conservatives have been waiting for this moment for too long to risk being sent back to the electoral hinterlands by immediately raising social issues. They'll be centrist, just like Martin's Liberals in this iteration.

laura k said...

The conservatives have been waiting for this moment for too long to risk being sent back to the electoral hinterlands by immediately raising social issues. They'll be centrist, just like Martin's Liberals in this iteration.

This makes sense, thank goodness.

Kyle_From_Ottawa said...

Or maybe...I can think of this scenario

If the Conservatives win a minority government, they might raise the same-sex issue again in a free vote. That way they can claim they are respecting the wishes of their more right-wing constituents, yet they know if the motion is defeated (which it likely would) they can't be blamed.

If they win a majority, where they can be blamed for the outcome, they won't touch any controversial issues with a 10 ft. pole.

sharonapple88 said...

Maybe. But if the Conservatives have a majority, one thing he could do is push the hard legislation early in his term, and then hold out for the full five-years for the next election and hope people forget. The real problem with a majority is that the government can do whatever it wants and nothing can be done until the next election.

There is a thought in some political circles that you can ignore the will of the majority as long as you play up to your base. David Frum preaches the point in discussing Supreme Court nominee Miers. The fact that people wanted a Justice in the mold of moderate O'Connor isn't as important as appealing to ones base.