In the last poll of voting intentions, I saw Andrew Scheer and his Conservatives were tied with the Trudeau Liberals. Does this mean that Andrew has so improved his performance that he has dragged his conservatives into the light?
The Conservative Party of Canada would tell you this is the case. I have a different viewpoint. I credit this rise to the stumbling, bumbling, incompetent performance of the people in the PMO's office. They are either stupid or insane.
My definition of insanity is taken from Einstein's, where he said, "insanity was doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."
Look at how his office has handled every crisis, starting with his broken promise to enact a new method of voting. They always start with a denial, then an unbelievable explanation, and after the opposition has fed on it for weeks they apologize or not as the case may be.
Other mentions would be, the Bill Morneau affair, the Christmas vacation on the Aga khan's island and so on.
The final straw was of course the visit to India to improve Canadian relations. This resulted in a convicted Khalistani terrorist, Jaspal Atwal, being invited to a formal dinner and having his picture taken with Trudeau's wife.
The PMO's office true to form made up an unbelievable story. First, that the PM had no knowledge of the invitation, and it was the fault of one of his members.
They made it worse by trying to blame the Indian government, saying members of the Indian government were trying to embarrass Canada.
The rise in the Conservative fortunes can be traced to one question in that poll. How do you rate the prime minister on his handling of foreign affairs? This question resulted in a 16 per cent drop from the last time it was asked.
This question alone may not explain all, but it points the finger in the right direction. OK, I understand loyalty to your friends, but come on, enough should be enough. Putting up with this incompetence gives the opposition the right to question Trudeau's leadership abilities and will hurt him next election.
If he loses or is elected with a minority he has only himself to blame.
Walter Jones column appears weekly in the Amherst News