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All Quiet on the Eastern Front (with apologies to Erich Maria Remarque)

Some days, I feel as if I’m watching an election that’s taking place somewhere else.

That’s not to say I’m disengaged, however. I have become a poll-chaser, checking polls several times a day, to see what change there might be and I scan for media coverage that might offer some hope that voters are beginning to feel — at the very least — wary of another Stephen Harper government.

You people in the rest of the country should take a lesson from those of us in Atlantic Canada.  We hold a grudge.  Harper doesn’t like us and we don’t like him. I don’t think he likes many of you that much either but it seems to be taking you longer to recognize it.

He will have pockets of support in the Maritimes and perhaps win a few seats but right now, he’s running behind and for a guy who wants a majority and who knows that every seat counts, he seems to have conceded most of the seats around these parts.  He’s been here once; he hobnobbed with the usual suspects — the boards of trade, the chambers of commerce — but he hasn’t shown his face since and that suits many of us just fine.

When the campaign started, Nova Scotia had six Liberals, two NDP, two Conservatives and one Independent; New Brunswick had six Liberals, three Conservatives and one NDP; and PEI had four Liberals. By election night, there may be minor changes but it’s unlikely there will be newsworthy upsets — although, to my delight, I have been seeing more and more references to ABC (Anything But Conservative) on blogs and discussion boards around the region.

I will make this prediction: if Peter MacKay is going to lose his seat, it will be Louise Lorefice of the NDP who takes him down — not Elizabeth May.  Wouldn’t it be sweet to see him back in the potato patch — with his faithful dawg — the way he was when Belinda said bye-bye?

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