So I remain an election skeptic, but while I think we can get through the spring without a vote, parties are “preparing for battle” as John Baird says.
The Tories held a big meeting in Sudbury, covered by our Harold Carmichael of the Sudbury Star. You can see here that the Tories are targeting the NDP and lone Liberal seats in Northern Ontario.
Meanwhile the NDP are targeting Liberal seats in the Toronto core and the few they have remaining in BC.
Where will the Liberals be targeting?
Here’s the Sundbury Star article, worth the read.
John Baird says the next federal election could be the breakthrough one for the Conservative Party in Northern Ontario, in particular the Nickel Belt and Sudbury ridings.
“Things are changing,” said the Ottawa-West Nepean Conservative MP, during an interview prior to a two-hour Town Hall and Meet-and-Greet event at the Holiday Inn in Greater Sudbury attended by eight Conservative candidates from across Northern Ontario and some 200 delegates on Sunday. “Northern Ontario has been taken for granted for too long … We are just several seats from a majority (government) and a riding like Sudbury, a riding like Nickel Belt, is very important. It just makes a big difference being in the government, being there at the table.
“People in Sudbury should look at the government’s record and should give the Conservatives a shot.”
Baird, who is government leader, said the Harper Government’s top three priorities are jobs, getting tougher on crime and health care.
When asked by reporters when an election could be called to end the current minority government, Baird said he did not know, but would rather see the current parliament continue.
“We are praying for peace, but preparing for battle,” he joked.