Got a match?

Yesterday, we wondered what issue will drive the election now that former solicitor general John van Dongen's driving record is set to slide off the front pages. The bursting of large water line at the new Vancouver Convention Centre hasn't become a campaign issue - despite New Democrat hopes it would. Nor has the party politicized the growing number of swine flu cases in British Columbia. Which means the campaign trial is turning tinder dry.

The New Democrats don't seem to have succeeded in fanning whatever flames surround Statistics Canada reports on British Columbia's shrinking economy and increasing employment insurance claims (although, truth be told, it doesn't look like they tried too hard).

Nor were they able to get any traction out of criticizing Rich Coleman, who has succeeded Mr. van Dongen as solicitor general. As a result, even the most minor scandal could catch fire and become a headlining story.

This environment presents a substantive risk for both parties. Because, if they're on the receiving end of such a story, we're far enough into the campaign that either of them could get burned at the ballot.

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The real question about the environment may have more to do with the eventual fate of the three rogue enviro groups. If the Libs hold on, will these groups become all powerful, gov't supported (oh right, they're supposed to be non-partisan) and controlled groups?

Alternately, will the New Democrats send the three to enviromental purgatory? Stay tuned, 2 weeks and counting.

I dunno Mr. H....

Because I have a feeling that a goodly number of the sharp-eyed pols toiling away in both War Rooms are pouring over the gender splits in the latest Angus Reid poll trying to figure out a way to exploit them...

Why?

Well, it looks like they are the clearest line of demarcation of all:

"...The poll shows a growing gender gap in the B.C. election. While nearly half of women (48 per cent) are planning on voting NDP, only 35 per cent are planning to go with the BC Liberals.

The leading party seems to sit better with male voters. Forty-eight per cent polled said they'd stay under Campbell's leadership, as opposed to the 31 per cent who said they'd go NDP...."

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