The New Democrats are now in second place in Quebec, according to a new Forum Research survey. This is the first time since last May’s federal election that the Dippers have trailed the rebounding Liberals in Quebec. The National Post, reports NDP support at 25 per cent in the province, down significantly from the 43 per cent of the vote that party captured in Quebec in the last election.
The Liberals, according to the Post, have gained seven points since last month and now lead with 28 per cent in the province, while the Conservatives stand at 24 per cent and the Bloc Québécois at 20 per cent.
This is further proof of what a combination of an overly long, lacklustre leadership campaign and a pathetically ineffective interim leader can do to a party’s prospects.
Nycole Turmel has been the least effective leader of the official opposition, albeit on an interim basis, I’ve witnessed, ever. What could Jack Layton and Brian Topp have been thinking?
As to the Grits, it sure won’t hurt their interim leader, Bob Rae’s, case for assuming the leadership role on a permanent basis. Right now Rae’s the de facto leader of the opposition.
Turmel, with her inadequate communication skills, is virtually invisible behind the shadow Rae casts in the House of Commons.