I read with interest Blake Doyle’s column, ‘A pause for polls,’ in Monday’s Guardian. His statement “Most politicians will suggest that polls are irrelevant, and stock should not be placed in their results,” reminded me of an interview with former prime minister John Diefenbaker, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. He represented the constituency of Prince Albert, Sask., where I worked as a reporter. Near the end of his time in the House of Commons, we produced a documentary about his exciting political career.
It was at a time when the polls were not favourable to the Progressive Conservative party and when asked about them he quickly retorted, “You know what dogs do to polls.” A few other relevant questions floated around in my mind about dogs and polls but I left it there.