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ORLÉANS OUTDOOR MARKET from 12 noon to 6 p.m. in the Ray Frield Centre parking lot on Tenth Line Road. Come meet local vendors and artians from across the east end.


SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK – A Company of Fools presents a Torchlight Shakespeare production of Romeo and Juliet in Longleaf Park at 7 p.m. Pay what you can.


CUMBERLAND FARMERS MARKET from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the R. J. Kennedy Community Centre 1115 Dunning Road in Cumberlans Village. The Cumberland Farmers’ Market features a variety of localy produced vegetables, seasonal fruits and specialty foods.


THE NAVAN FAIR will take place from Thursday, Aug. 10 to Sunday, Aug. 13. Highlights the Demolition Derby. livestock shows, and Canadian rockers Honeymoon Suite who will be performing on Aug. 11. Visit www.navanfair.com.

 

An early primer for the fall federal election

By Walter Robinson
Aug. 8, 2019

Depending on when you read this column, it will be 75 days (or less) until the next federal election when eligible voters will cast their ballots on October 21st. As a lifelong politico and partisan – full disclosure, I was the federal Conservative candidate in Orleans in 2004 – I have no idea who will win our riding or what will happen on the national scene.

That is the beauty and frustration of democracy: campaigns matter and I know it from firsthand experience, big time! Just look back to the 2015 campaign, Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party were running a distant third to the Stephen Harper’s Conservatives and Thomas Mulcair’s NDP when the writ was dropped for a gruelling 76-day campaign on Aug. 4, yet Trudeau and his team formed a majority government.

To be clear, this column will not stump for one candidate or one party over another, rather it is an attempt to layout some observations – based on political consensus and what the polls tell us today – of what is likely to transpire this fall during the federal campaign.

As of today, the governing Liberals and opposition Conservatives are statistically tied given what consecutive national polls (Ipsos, Nanos, Ekos and others) have yielded since late-June with neither party poised to form a majority government. But to paraphrase former Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker, polls are for dogs.

The other big unknown for campaign 2019 is whether Jagmeet Singh and his NDP can soar back to the 2011 official opposition status (or more?) achieved by Jack Layton or, as the polls presently indicate, be overtaken by the Greens and a resurgent Bloc Quebecois in terms of House of Commons seats won post Oct. 21.

Then there is Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party that looks as though it may field a full-slate of 338 candidates but is still only registering between 1% and 2% support in today’s polls.

The unknowns are infinite, yet the campaign narrative is being defined. The Liberals, with four years in government, must defend their record without question. They will work to frame it as a work in progress pointing to their social, cultural, climate and economic policy successes … according to them.

Look for repeated soundbites and commercials on TV, radio, and online about a growing middle class, historic employment levels, trade deals success and a commitment to fighting climate change. On the other side of this campaign coin, expect Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives to assert that Mr.

Trudeau is not-one-of-so-he-cannot understand the middle class and they will heap on some international trip embarrassments and portray the government’s economic success narrative as selective at best. Look for them to also drive some regional disparities – like our troubled traditional energy sector in Western Canada – and if NAFTA 2.0 or USMCA or CUSMA whatever you want to call it is not signed south of the border, well you get the picture.

For their part, the NDP will try and regain the traditional left from the Liberals and show themselves as the real deal with an unabashed tax-and-spend platform offer-ing the proverbial chicken in every pot with free drugs, dental care, and daycare whether directly delivered by the federal government or via a no-limit credit card of transfers to provincial and territorial governments.

While each party will likely pledge to eschew the negative, attack and destroy their opponent tactics that turn so many folks away from politics, sadly none of them will adhere to or uphold this pledge. And the explanation is simple, attack ads work. Of course each of the main parties (Liberal, Conservative, and NDP) will run some positive and rosy ads to portray their leader as a nice guy.

As for their blatant attack ads, they will respond that these are mere factual contrasts to inform and educate voters … and most of will categorize these explanations as bovine fecal matter, sigh.

As for the Greens and the People’s Party, I have no insights into their messages or financial capacity to punch through in any meaningful way to influence the coming campaign.

But this is an early August view, much can change over two months. A major domestic shock, international crisis, terrorist incident on our soil, natural disaster or new political scandal can change the campaign dynamic very quickly.

Moreover, a boneheaded tweet, video, or comment from an unknown candidate in the riding of north-what neighbourhood-is that, a way offside news release or supposedly off-the-record comment from a campaign official to a journalist could rear its ugly head at 3 a.m. some five days or less before the October 21st vote. Yes, campaigns matter.

Lastly please remember, if you do not engage in democracy you are destined to be governed by your inferiors as Plato noted over 2,500 years ago.

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