Palliser MP says race 'too close to call'
Ray Boughen speaks to Moose Javians at the Heritage Inn at noon on Thursday. Times-Herald photo by Samuel Dobrin
MP Ray Boughen (Palliser) weighed in on the American election in an interview the Times-Herald Tuesday.
“If I had (the winner) figured out, I’d be a millionaire,” Boughen said. “It really is too close to call. I was looking at a poll this morning that had them at 49 to 48 per cent. It’s six of one, half-dozen of the other.”
Boughen emphasized the importance of the outcome for Canada and the Harper administration.
“The United States is our biggest trading partner and we do more wheeling and dealing with them than anyone else,” he said.
When asked which candidate he favoured, Boughen said, “I think both of the candidates have made quite an issue of jobs and economic growth ... (those values) are right in step with our platform ... I think both would be fine people to work with.”
Boughen also addressed the concerns some Canadians had with the lack of discussion about the United States’s relationship with this country.
“The closeness of the race forced the candidates to look closely at their own country,” he said. “The debate centred on a couple key issues — American banking systems, unemployment — I don’t think either one of them introduced issues with respect to Canada.”
In spite of his lack of certainty about how the election will unfold, Boughen said he does plan to keep tabs on it.
“I’m going to be just like everyone else and sit infront of my TV with my Coke and popcorn,” he said Tuesday afternoon, “and I’m going to be watching the race.”