I nearly spit up my iced tea when I saw this item reported briefly, about 25 minutes into tonight’s The National on CBC: Canadians hungry for a federal election this fall, says Liberal leader (Canadian Press) .
“We have seen over the winter and the spring more and more interest for federal politics,” Dion told reporters Wednesday at a hotel in Ottawa’s west end. “And more and more appetite for an election.”
Hmmm. Mr. Dion must be going on highly confidential internal polls, because if there’s a clamour across the land for a chance to spend $300 million or so on a general election, it’s not apparent to us unschooled observers. According to my own proprietary polling figures, here’s the breakdown on issues currently occupying holidaying Canadians, ranked by priority:
1. Boy is it ever raining a lot.
2. What the hell is up with Christian Bale?
3. Is Mats Sundin nuts or what, sitting around Sweden wondering whether to accept $20 million from Vancouver, or $14 million from the Leafs, and claiming he can’t make up his mind.
4. What the hell is up with gas prices?
5. If I sneak off work early this Friday, will anyone get upset, considering I also snuck off last Friday and the Friday before?
Looking down the list, I can’t find anything that says “Boy, wouldn’t it be great to have an election as soon as possible so we can all vote for the same person we voted for last time.” But the list only extends to 500 issues, so it’s not entirely comprehensive…