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Maybe, just maybe, the Liberals have finally started running in the marathon for the next 2 years. It is one thing to pace yourself, but letting your opponent run away out of sight is not a good marathon running strategy either. Here is to hoping that the Liberals follow through with many, many more housing measures in the months to come.

But wait, there is more, if you can do this with housing, you can also do this in other areas where the federal government gets blamed for provincial failures. Let’s deal with healthcare. Focus on specific measurable outcomes, % of people with a family doctor. Number of weeks on the wait list for a routine procedure. If a province wants federal dollars, it needs to commit to meeting these goals.

And while you are putting the pressure on supermarkets, let’s do the same with telecom and airlines. Nothing will be more popular than reducing cell phone costs by a factor of 2. Yes, the lobbyists from Bell, Telus and Rogers will scream murder, but who cares?

There are so many areas to be bold, let’s get busy.

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Sep 14, 2023·edited Sep 14, 2023

Sorry but, to little to late. The Liberals have not taken this issue seriously when they and everyone else saw it coming. It's shamefull quite frankly.

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H'mmm. Given the next election is just over 2 years away, I think this might be a bit pre-mature. If, as they say, a week in politics is a lifetime, that makes 2 years a couple milleniums!

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I think something stinks about Abacus methodology. Their poll is stark contrast to Nanos. That said their poll should also scare a lot of people, who remember Harper.

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Nanos does show a closer race than Abacus. But Nanos is an outlier. Leger, Mainstreet, and Angus Reid all line up, more or less, with Abacus.

Of course, those surveys are a snapshot of positions today and things may change drastically before election day. But I do believe that, if an election were held today, the CPC would win a majority or a very strong minority.

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Angus is controlled by the Trump Canadian conservatives lol it’s fake

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Well, at least the Liberals are finally taking housing seriously, as you point out. But look at what it took to get them going.

Can they also get serious on other economic issues? Their announcements on food prices are not a promising start. Their main instrument, in their announcement, is what used to be called "jawboning" in the U.S., when President Kennedy talked the steel companies into rolling back price increases. But other successes have been few and far between. Taxation might be a more i,pactful instrument, but it all depends on the details, which have yet to be worked out.

Speaking of food prices, any thoughts on dismantling supply management, that keeps the prices of dairy and poultry unconscionably high? The parties all voted for legislation to prevent any further erosion of the system during free trade negotiations. With any luck, the Senate will kill that Bill. But the system as a whole should go.

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You forgot the main thing that housing is provincial so connect the right government who wronged us. I’m tired that Trudeau gets stabbed for the failures of provincial government.

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I didn't forget the jurisdiction issue. But the federal government has long been involved in housing, e.g. CMHC, the Income Tax Act, and so on. Once the housing crisis is resolved, watch whoever is the federal government, take credit for it.

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Again most of these polls only poll certain people the only trustworthy one is egos. The liberals have plans up their sleeves, don’t be so quick to sell them short, they have to be careful on how they approach it. The Trump conservatives have a lot of scandals against the law. People’s lives are in danger because these rcons and their attachments to the far right means they are the mob. If the liberals can somehow show the corruption which I hear they are working on. But until people let go of post media and stop buying subscriptions these rags will end like the thousands of jobs cuts they did to workers in media. When a wife has to disconnect with her husband for safety, that proves the mob is here. We need people speaking up on Pierre’s page and canada proud etc educating on truth. Show facts these cheats are the mob mentality. I do that on the think tank pages. I come back with truth, numbers and a open mind. We need to educate on those pages. Open the window to wrongs. But how does the liberals, NDP or Green have a voice when media is corporate, conservative and republicans bought? We have to stop the subscriptions, stop the money. I’ve even written to news sources saying you really wanna post for one side greed? People are gonna hate you when truth gets out. Karma will happen and your greedy business dies

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Trump and his followers are not conservatives in any sense of the word that I know. For example, conservatives believe in fiscal prudence, free trade, and the rule of law. These were clearly not on Trump's radar. As for Poilievre, we shall find out in due course.

Conspiracy theories are not helpful, whether they originate on the left or on the right.

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Find out about Pierre? No thanks if I wanted to be ruled under Trump and putin I could move there. I have respect, decency and empathy for people and these Trump Canadian republicans not a chance. Don’t be crazy we wanna keep our democracy not vote in a bully hater like Pierre. How dare you insult us with giving him a chance when our premiers are breaking everything good Canada stands for. I’ve been in politics too long to accept your opinion, as I myself was cruelly wronged by these Canadian republicans. I lost everything and I still am bullied. It’s wrong and social media is a cluster fuck of all cowards. The Harper conservatives have 102 scandals against the law but dumb people think 1 $500 ethics charge not against the law is so corrupt 🤦‍♀️

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One more thought came to mind as the three parties talk about their housing plans.

It would appear to me that we are moving to a post political ideology era. Conservatives proposing left wing approaches, Liberals proposing measures that would not look out of place in a CPC platform during the Harper years. Are political parties putting ideas out that they think are marketable as opposed to ideas that fit their supposed political ideology?

To me it all looks like a competition of who is being seen as doing the most on a particular topic (or who is the most passionate). There is less attention for “does this actually work” or “is this the most efficient way to address a problem”.

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