You know… try as I might, gosh darn it, I just cannot seem to get at all enthused about this campaign. As noted in the The Star earlier today, this past week was one in which everything seemed to go Dion’s way — everything that is except voter intentions. And why, you ask? Well, if you can endure yet another one of these insufferable, truly dreadful “Campaign Diary Day” videos that the Dion team insists on churning out for some completely inexplicable reason, it doesn’t take an advanced degree in Physics (or “rocket science” if you prefer) to plot the exact co-ordinates of where the problem resides.
So, the party is releasing its platform tomorrow. Huzzah! Isn’t that just a stellar fucking notion, two weeks into the campaign? Oh sure, it’s something a few of us in the peanut gallery have been asking about for… like six months now (actually almost twice that long if you go back to the last spate of by-elections in the fall of 2007) and were fobbed off with the lame explanation that it wouldn’t be prudent to release it at the present time, and so on. But NOW it seems is the perfect time! There will, apparently, be “big ticket items” in it… Great. How completely mental is that? I mean, what planet are these people inhabiting, exactly?
Yepper, that’ll be a real boost for the Liberals’ flagging campaign alright. After all, in the middle of hellacious shitstorm on Wall Street that’ s seized markets with mordant terror in the face of imminent collapse and has sent urgent panic signals all over the place about where the economy may be headed in the near future, why it’s just what Canadians are demanding… MORE POLICY! And unspecified “big ticket items”… Urgh, it is to laugh.
The BC wing of the party rolled out its own platform last week. Did you notice? No, I didn’t think so. Nor, I’m quite confident did 98.49% of other voters (and yes, I just made up that number… so sue me.) It focused a lot on the court challenges program, the safe needle injection site in Vancouver, a crime-fighting “taskforce” (now with more gang-busting police action!), and increased SWC funding. All quite thrilling stuff, let me tell you.
And so it goes with this absolutely horrific campaign…
Update: Maybe I titled this post incorrectly. It could actually be a case of “Too Much, Too Late”… I’d almost be prepared to launch a countdown 10-9-8-7… as to precisely how long it will take for the Conservatives to hit back with some mockery based on the infamous “Red Book” — now almost a byword for broken promises. Either that, or I’m thinking that Neville Chamberlain might be making a walk-on appearance. Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen. At this point, I think all we can do is start making these gloomy sorts of wagers. Or just turn off the TV, don’t read the papers, heaven forbid don’t watch YouTube, and pretend the whole thing isn’t happening. (Do you really want to be seeing, as has been promised, “Stephéne Dion unplugged”?)