Monday, January 23, 2006

Nothing but blue skies

The Globe and Mail notes that today's weather should be unusually calm and warm for winter, which should in turn make it far easier than expected for parties to get out the vote:
"There's an expression used in the weather office where we say, 'There is no weather today,' " David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada, said in a telephone interview yesterday.

"Essentially, election day will be as close as you could have to a no-weather day across the country."

Environment Canada will likely have no weather warnings out on voting day, which is highly unusual for the dead of winter in a country as large as Canada, he said...

As Mr. Phillips put it: "People clearly will not be able to use weather as an excuse [not to vote]."
With the climate not apparently playing a role in influencing who can and can't get to the polls, it's all down to the parties' effectiveness at getting out the vote. We'll find out soon who's best able to get that job done.

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