The last time the polls were too close to call just days out from an election was in 2004.
It was Stephen Harper’s first try as the head of the newly united right and by all indications it was neck-and-neck between his Conservative Party and their arch-rival Liberals.
Lo and behold, on Election Day, Paul Martin’s Liberals ended up winning a minority government with a 7% lead over the Conservatives.
A colleague who worked for Harper at the time recently explained that they were devastated that their apparent golden opportunity just wasn’t there once the votes were counted. Will that sort of ballot box miracle again occur for the Liberals this time out or have enough Canadians simply decided to send them packing?
There was a fabulous photo of Trudeau and Scheer looking at Bloc Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet gesturing as he orated during the final debate on Thursday night. They both looked nervous.
rudeau sorely disappointed many he’d attracted to his cause when he brazenly broke the promise he’d repeated hundreds of times: that “2015 will be the last election under the unfair ‘first-past-the-post’ system.” They won’t be fooled again.
Broken promises are, of course, common in politics.
With Trudeau, it appears that the more important the promise the less likely it was to be kept. Whether it was his promise to do away with subsidies to oil companies or to restore home mail delivery, Trudeau broke deals that gave him his majority.