Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Some post-election thoughts
What I found shocking on election night was the strength of Liberal support from the moment results from Ontario were being announced. What first could have been interpreted as early fluctuations quickly became a consistent and strong pattern throughout much of Ontario.
Last minute undecided voters went Liberal. Just why that happened will be a source of debate within Conservative circles in the weeks and months to come.
There is now some talk of Harper's status as party leader.
In my view, unless he is completely immune to any reflection or second thoughts about his campaign performance, it would be foolish to let him go - particularly because of a still precarious minority situation in Ottawa.
His supporters have every reason to boast about how far he has taken this new party in such a short period of time.
But his detractors should nevertheless be listened to. Harper blew a terrific chance at slaying a very wounded Paul Martin and Liberal Party. The concerns some Conservative insiders had about Harper might have been justified, given the limited scope of the Ontario breakthrough.
This won't be the last time we'll be talking about this.