A memo about Liberal party fortunes in Quebec was accidentally leaked yesterday, causing a lot of fuss.
Here's the thing: All the parties do it.
As evidenced by my December 1 article Conservative Ontario Targets Signal Poor Strategy. In this article and in a linked story from the London Free Press it shows the Conservatives are focusing their hopes on 20 ridings in Ontario, on top of the 23 they have there currently.
It's simple numbers:
The Liberal memo says they have a chance to win 30 of Quebec's 75 seats or %40
The Conservatives are focusing on 43 of Ontario's 106 seats or %40.5
I guess that %0.5 means the Liberals are in real trouble.
Fact is this story is much ado about nothing, all the parties take stock of what seats they should focus their efforts on and which they need to be worried about. It makes as much sense for the Liberals to pour resources in to Laurier Sainte-Marie as it does for the Conservatives to pour resources in to Toronto Danforth. It's called Realism, Realism. Non pervasive element in today's modern American cinematic vision. (Classic John Travolta Swordfish Quote -Ed.)
Then there is the argument that says "Oh but the memo says 3 cabinet ministers are in trouble." Yes, and? Everyone already knew that, what's the big story? There are a few high profile Conservatives who are in trouble as well. The best known probably being Helena Guergis, and they've already lost their "Surruptitious Audio Taping Critic" Gurmant Grewal.