If any of you readers have been following the polls and surveys regarding this election as obsessively as I have, you’ll know that Stephen Harper and his sweater have been taking a slight nosedive in our nation’s popular opinion, according to the most recent data put out by the Canadian Press/Harris-Decima.
While Harper is still the front-runner, he has been flip-flopping percentage points and it seems like his dream of a majority government is starting to slip farther and farther away. According to the CBC, he has apparently chosen Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe as his primary target and has set his sights on nabbing the Bloc strongholds in Quebec.
Yesterday, Harper appealed to Quebec’s artsy side by promising to toss them $25 million for French-language television programming if they check his name on October 14.
Now, I’ll be the first to say that if Harper puts that kind of scratch towards the arts, English or French, it’ll be a wonderful thing, but the big question in any campaign promise remains the same: where’s all that money coming from?
Before the election was called, the Conservatives massacred arts funding, making over $45 million in cuts. Harper is also promising even more tax cuts. Where is all that money going to come from?
Harper claims to be an avid fan of the arts (Check him out playing the piano) but when it comes to finances, we all know were his priorities lie.
Will a Harper majority in 2008 will soon become synonymous with “death to creativity?”