A former NDP war room boss is speculating today at the Globe and Mail that the wheels are already in motion for a fall election. His hypothesis is that the Tories are "enjoying" their latest poll results of 31% and are eager to take that to the electorate. This NDP strategist thinks that Mr. Harper is at risk of losing to Ignatieff; therefore Mr. Harper should want to go to the polls to take advantage of his own alleged weakness. Then he says that there might be a "double-dip recession, which Conservative fiscal policy would make worse"; curious choice of words considering that Conservative fiscal policy made our performance through the "first dip" one of the best in the industrialized world. His opinion published at the Globe and Mail where Jane Taber sets the agenda, states that Censusgate proves that the Prime Minister and his strategists are ideologues who are trying "to pursue a less incremental revolution in this progressive country they despise so much."
Yes, this op-ed at the Globe claims that the Prime Minister despises Canada. This is what qualifies as quality opinion at the Globe and Mail, the same glorious news organization who brought us "kill Stephen Harper, kill him dead" care of Scott Reid. If there is going to be an election, it is more likely to be triggered by the opposition. The Tories aren't polling high enough to possibly be intending to bring themselves down before this government's second birthday. The leader of the Liberal party has instructed his MPs to prepare for a fall election, according to Susan Delacourt. If this minority government is under the threat of collapse, it is coming from the opposition, not the government.
It should also be noted that the author of this op-ed at the Globe is also the author of a book "How we almost gave the Tories the boot" and the author claims to have suffered from post traumatic stress disorder after his NDP coalition coup failed in Dec 2008. On the flip side, I likely would have experienced some sort of psychological trauma had the coup been successful, so it all comes out in the wash.