The Liberals are up a couple of points after the first week and have released their platform. They had a good first week, when all the negatives were directed at the Ref/Con. They promise to slash spending, increase taxes on the rich, encourage home-owners to go green, allow voting on line, cut advertising, limit size of the cabinet and PMO and invest in technologies to reduce oilsands' impact on the environment. T hey would boost spending for aboripinal education,language training and pledged $40 million for a veterans' learning benefit. They will pay the $8.23 billion packet with "savings"...$3 billion in first year in office and from a 1.5% increase in corporate tax. Now they have to sell Canadians on this package.
The NDP are up to 18% in the polls. They continue to focus on health-care and benefitted from the Blocs' candidate racial comments that people will not vote for Romeo Saganash, because he is Cree. The riding of Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou, covers half of Quebec's 1.7 million square kilometre and is presently represented by Yvon Levesque, who made the statement. This reveals the mean, nasty and racist streak that is just below the surface of some of the more nationalist/ chauvinist Blocquists. The NDP hope to increase their seats in Quebec with some high-profile candidates like Saganash.
The Bloc, bar this remark, are expected to increase their total in Quebec at the expense of the Ref/Con, especially in the Quebec City area, because of the hockey arena funding and the recent announcement by Harper to fund the hydro development in Churchill Falls/ Labrador.