by Tim Bousquet
The provincial PCs have dropped to third place in recent polling. So here's Rodney MacDonald's stretegy for winning back the hearts and minds of Nova Scotians:
will now focus on giving the "average Joe" what he wants---better roads, tax cuts and jobs.
"This time of year, they want to see more pavement in their constituenices," MacDonald told reporters after his weekly cabinet meeting.
I was having a conversation with someone a while back about an earlier Macdonald--Angus, of bridge fame. Angus was the Liberal provincial leader through the Depression, and was wildly popular because he was able to get most of the provincial highways paved. Every government since has relied on the same strategy, therefore we get our modern-day fiddler promising four-lane highways everywhere, truck highways through the south end, third harbour crossings, etc.
But, ya know, the Depression was a long, long time ago, and people have a different mind set now, especially in the face of buck-fifty gasoline. The PCs are coming off looking moribund, stuck in the tar.