As the year draws to a close, I'd like to review some events from late December; things that may have been skipped in "year end reviews". I am also going to include smaller stories from earlier that may have been passed by. I'll go alphabetically.
There has been a poll taken since the "collapse" of Wildrose into WildRump. It is as follows:
44% - PC
20% - WR
18% - ND
14% - LB
As you can see, Wildrose still holds the #2 slot; as I expected and suspected, there are those within Alberta who do truly support their platform. My feeling is the closer we draw to the election itself, the closer Wildrose will get to 15%.
The snap elections called in late 2014 have caused some surprise. Even more so given a terrorist attack in Sweden, and the cancelling of snap elections in that country after the opposition agreed to pass government budgets. Greece however now finds itself in snap elections, elections which could decide the future of the Eurozone, the Euro, the European Union, and at worst, the world economy. This is a topic I will cover in detail in multiple posts over the next few weeks.
Just a short update to an earlier story; the Prime Minister is being allowed to run for leader by his own party.
The Premier has decided to run in a leadership election due to internal opposition. He looks set to lose by a healthy margin. This deserves it's own post in the new year, and I will go into greater detail at that time.
Prince Edward Island
Both major parties are electing new leaders. In the case of the governing Liberals, it looks to be an acclimation; for the opposition Tories, one candidate (Stratford MLA James Aylward) seems to have a large advantage.
Not really an "update" here, but rather a "keep your eyes open". There are 17 vacancies currently, and Harper does not appear to be set to appoint replacements. More importantly, The NDP leader has tipped his hand and revealed the NDP's "plan" for the Senate, saying that the government has no requirement to fill vacancies. Though and NDP government is not terribly likely, this does give us a preview of how such a government would deal with the Senate.
See entry on Greece.