In the space of just over two hours late this afternoon, another 3000 "votes" were registered in the VOCM Question of the Day.
For the record that question, as written by the syntax genius at VOCM who attended L'école du Parti Québécois en formation de la composition des questions référendaires, is:
Do you agree with Premier Danny Williams that it is not the place of former premiers to comment on how the current government operates?The tally at this hour, with 8318 "votes" in, is 77% agree with the Premier, 22% do not, and 2% are unsure.
Yesterday's question was "Should the provincial government revisit the Sunday shopping issue as they are doing in PEI?" It garnered 1647 responses.
Mondays? "Should there be a full inquiry into the provincial health system in light of the incident involving confidential patient files?" 1437 responses.
Sunday's was "Should cooks who work at provincial government run facilities be recognized as skilled trades professionals?" 2078.
Friday's, which was open to voting all weekend? "Do you think the provincial government should increase revenues going to municipalities?" 1330.
Important questions all. But a pointed question about Our Dear Premier, and the turnout, for one day, tops the "voter turnout" for six days' worth of QotD.
And, crunching the number in the vote change from early this afternoon, it means that that when those 3000 new "votes" were cast, at a rate of one every two seconds, a whopping 85% of them were made, by some staggering coincidence, in favour of the very position that the Premier himself would likely take, if he had the time to worry about such trifling things.
But of course, as a busy, busy man, who spent last week in Brazil working very hard on behalf of His people — he knows what he's fighting for, and apparently that's an aluminum smelter — he doesn't have that time.