The politicians are crafting finely tuned, voter inducement packages – I could be wrong but it seems to me that this election is even more precise in its targeting niche voters than in previous years. For example, the Liberals are offering a tax break for volunteer firefighters and the Tories have singled out seniors for a lifetime property tax assessment freeze.
That last one is a stroke of genius. Seniors vote at a rate of something like 85% – compared to young people at 30%. Everyone likes the gravy train.
An old time Progressive Conservative organizer told me the parties have learned from Stephen Harper who did a masterful job at segmentation of voters and then targeted those he was most likely to win with goodies – like the carpenter toolbox tax credit or the hockey dad tax credit.
You must remember that – it was fascinating. The federal Tories had no chance (in their analysis) of winning urban young women – so no goodies for them. But they did see an opening among self-employed women – presto – EI eligibility.
Anyway, I guess that’s probably better than the old days when voters were bribed with beer or when they were told to “vote early and vote often”.
One thing is for sure, R&D is never a serious hot button issue during an election. Maybe the 2,690 PHDs in New Brunswick are not enough to waste time trying to court their votes.
But I did read that David Alward says the level of federal investment n RD& in Atlantic Canada is “insufficient.”
That’s actually not entirely correct. Nova Scotia is the third highest recipient of federal R&D dollars among the provinces (per capita). It’s New Brunswick that has the distinction of being dead last in Canada.
I think that the word ‘insufficient’ covers it.