Recently a co-worker of mine asked me whether I was concerned about the heaping of attention poured upon Justin Trudeau and what it might mean for 2015.
It is true that the current Conservative-Liberal war certainly takes up a lot of the limelight. It appears that the Conservatives will stop at nothing, not even wasting taxpayer money on partisan "10-percenters", to attempt to grind the Liberals into the dust. This is an ongoing vendetta that sometimes plays out in public, sometimes in the House and always on social media.
On the one side that sort of blind partisanship, that singularity of focus, makes me question all that 'focusing on the economy' rhetoric, but that is another story altogether.
So in my opinion it makes the Conservatives appear vengeful and spiteful, it probably has an effect on Trudeau's ratings (or else they wouldn't do it), which is actually pretty good for Mulcair, since he can focus on things that actually matter to Canadians.
And lo and behold, here is Tom Mulcair making a lot of sense, in the midst of this hyper-partisan war of attrition.
So here we have three leaders:
- Harper is attacking Trudeau on all fronts with his entire arsenal
- Trudeau is trying to deflect the barrage
- Mulcair is talking evidence-based policy, jobs and manufacturing