William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

I HATE TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO

The chickens have now started to come home to their roost.
If you rehire the Ombudsman, the party might still get a boost?
You have to agree to help our wounded and amend the vets’ charter.
Stop the claw back of our disabled veterans, and that’s for a starter.

The polls show you again lagging behind all across this great Nation.
The 5% who are unsure might be our wounded warriors’ salvation.
You still have a probable chance to get back into power once again.
But you will have to promise to fairly treat all of our wounded men.

The polls they are fairly accurate they tell the plain truth about us.
The Canadian People want the truth they don’t want a big fuss.
They know that our wounded are getting the shitty end of the stick.
When they come home limbless and mentally handicapped sick!

So re-up Colonel Pat Stogran let him get on with his VAC job.
Let him work for our Veterans – help to curb each painful sob.
Amend the veterans’ charter and do away with the lump sum.
Let us treat our wounded fairly, in all of the years to come.

Author’s Note: Inspired by times colonist article by Mark Kennedy (reproduced below)

Times Colonist: Victoria BC
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Next Election ‘going to be a fight,’ pollster says

MARK KENNEDY
Postmedia News

Ottawa – After a summer of bad news and just a week away from the return of Parliament, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives hold a tenuous lead in support among Canadian voters, results of the latest poll suggest.

But the nationwide survey conducted for Postmedia News and Global News by Ipsos Reid contains some sobering news for the Tories: Michael Ignatieff’s Liberals have opened up a strong lead in the seat-rich Ontario, and the Bloc Quebecois under Gilles Duceppe, has a commanding lead over federalist parties in Quebec.

As a result, although the Tories are slightly ahead nationally, Ipsos Reid says it’s a “close call” on whether the Conservatives would form the next government.

The poll, conducted from Sept. 8-12, found if an election occurred today, the Conservatives would receive 34 per cent of the vote from decided voters. That’s unchanged from a poll taken a month ago.

Meanwhile, the Liberals would garner 31 per cent, also unchanged.

The NDP, under leader Jack Layton, has the support of 16 per cent of decided voters – up one point – while the Bloc would receive 10 per cent of the vote nationally.

Support for Elizabeth May’s Green party holds steady at nine per cent.

Five per cent of the voters are undecided.

Darrell Bricker, president of Ipsos Reid, said yesterday, the Tories would be in a position to win another minority but the regional breakdown of votes provides no guarantee that this would happen.

“It’s going to be a fight, principally because they’re not leading in Ontario. Whatever they’ve tried to get going in Quebec hasn’t worked, and their strength is still very much in Western Canada.”

Bricker said the national snapshot of voter support shows the major parties are in a stalemate.

“It’s like World War One battled. Lots of blood and treasure spilled over a couple of hundred metres. It’s not a war of movement. It’s really inch by inch.”

Bricker said the significance of the poll’s findings is that they follow a summer of political events that many thought might dramatically shift public opinion.

Ignatieff went on a cross-country bus tour and he generally received positive media reviews. Harper’s government, on the other hand, was on the defensive. Among the litany of bad stories: the $1-billion security cost for the G20 and G8 summits; killing the long-form census; internal strife at the RCMP; sidelining the veterans’ ombudsman; and controversy over whether to give millions of dollars for an NHL hockey arena in Quebec City.

The margin of error for the national sample was, plus or minus, 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

POLL RESULTS BY REGION

  • British Columbia: Tories (41 per cent), Liberals (25 per cent), NDP (21 per cent), Green (13 per cent)
  • Alberta: Tories (61), Liberals (17), (Green (12), NDP (10)
  • Saskatchewan/Manitoba: Tories (54), NDP (23), Liberals (20), Green (3)
  • Ontario: Liberals (41), Tories (33), NDP (15), Green (10)
  • Quebec: Bloc (39), Liberals (22), Tories (17), NDP (17)
  • Atlantic Canada: Liberals (48), Tories (34), NDP (13), Green (5)

Margin of error: B.C., 9.1 percentage points; Alberta, 10.4; Manitoba/Saskatchewan, 13.0; Ontario, 5.2; Quebec, 6.6; Atlantic Canada, 13.2; 19 times in 20.