June 7 approaches, the Budget has come down and Queen's Park nears dissolution of the Legislature. Cue the campaign rhetoric, cue the media scrambling, cue the on-line partisan blusterstorm. So what are the "strategies" for the campaign? Depends who you ask.
Sitting government always has the advantage of using more information with credible sources from the civil service itself. The pre-election budget from the Wynne government is a very well constructed document which on its own would lead someone to believe things are not that bad. According to the media and opposition parties, that's not accurate. Considering the incumbents are starting from so far behind, what can they do themselves to close that gap, to get their message across?
The PCPO and Doug Ford can be counted on to insist everything is wrong, everything has been wrong for a long time and change is all that matters. Considering that an actual costed platform is not a priority to Team DoFo, will that be enough? Will the volatility, history and tendencies of the Leader be their undoing? Will the use of social media to communicate the PCPO plan work considering the current ongoing and unending criticism of this method of governance in Washington DC?
Andrea Horwath consistently polls highest in traits such as trustworthiness, believability and having a positive presentation. Yet the ONDP has the fewest candidates confirmed, the least money to work with and the least press coverage by a fair amount. What can they do to make the case for something other than red or blue business as usual?
A majority government is not assured for any party and that will likely not change throughout the campaign. So what scenarios are possible? At what cost to whom? There are many possibilities and Dave Glover returns to The View Up Here to discuss these options and a whole lot more.