Friday, August 29, 2008

U.S election will eclipse Canadian election...

If Prime Minister Stephen Harper goes through with his apparent plans to call an early election for October, there's no doubt in my mind that many Canadians will simply focus more on the ongoing and historic American election race between Barack Obama and John McCain.

Obama gave a masterpiece of a speech tonight accepting his party's nomination. I'm still in awe of his strength and ability. Without a doubt, Obama will make one of America's greatest Presidents, should Americans elect him in November.

Against this more interesting battle, the Canadian race about to be called will no doubt pale, kind of like how the voting reform referendum got lost during last year's Ontario election.

I wonder how current voting intentions and impressions of leaders in Canada will be affected by this huge, U.S. distraction. By October 14, we should also clearly know if there is a frontrunner in the U.S. race and there's no doubt this will have an impact on the Canadian vote. If Obama seems to be headed for victory in the U.S., will Canadians want to re-elect Stephen Harper who tried to sabotage Obama's primary campaign last winter?

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