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How lucky can a loser get?

Robert Lewis November 13 1978
Canadian News

How lucky can a loser get?

Robert Lewis November 13 1978

How lucky can a loser get?

It is almost as if people are hoping that if the present government disappears the problem will as well.

That gloomy assessment of the Trudeau government last week was unremarkable, except in one respect—the messenger was Goldfarb Consultants of Toronto, the firm that does private polls for the federal Liberal party. Instead of the

usual confidential assessment to his political clients, Goldfarb took his views to The Toronto Star, which published them on page 3.

The same day, as it happened, results of the latest Gallup appeared on page 1. For the first time since January, 1977, Joe Clark’s Conservatives led the Liberals 42 to 37 (NDP strength remains at 17). Trudeau tried to make the best of the worst of times. “It’s pretty darn lucky I didn’t call a general election,” he said. “It shows I know something about politics, eh?” But nothing that Goldfarb hadn’t told him already.

Robert Lewis