The British Columbia Federation of Labour's by-election poll isn't exactly good news for the provincial New Democrats, showing them in a statistical dead heat with the Liberals. So why did the federation release those results? Well, according to party insiders, there were two reasons. Number one: if New Democrat supporters believe victory isn't a sure thing, they're more likely to go to the polls on Election Day. Which means the man who publicized the poll, BCTV legislative bureau chief Keith Baldrey, has inadvertently become part of the lefties get-out-the-vote strategy (a bit of a downer for those who think CanWest Global never does any favours for the New Democrats). And number two: the poll shows Green Party candidate and leader Adriane Carr is a potential spoiler. So New Democrats are hoping that will cause some of her supporters to think twice before voting for her.
October 20, 2004