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article imageOp-Ed: Canadian Federal Leaders debate exposes weakness of opposition

By Gibril Koroma     Apr 13, 2011 in Politics
I watched yesterday's debate among the leaders of Canada's main political parties and it seems to me Prime Minister Stephen Harper would get the majority government he wants if the Liberals and New Democrats don't come together in some way.
I think all the leaders did well in the debate including the Bloc Quebecois' Gilles Duceppe. Prime Minister Harper was calm and focused throughout, while Mr. Ignatieff (Liberals) and Mr. Layton (NDP) were in perfect form, launching attack after attack on Harper and his Conservative party.
It was fun to watch as everything was done in the Canadian way, without any insults and temper tantrums as is common in some countries. All the leaders came prepared, although some of the "facts" thrown out need verification and party researchers may want to be more scrupulous in their "findings."
One thing that was very clear to me and my friends as we watched the debate was that the platforms of the NDP and the Liberals are extremely identical and both are gunning for almost the same voters. That means it will be extremely difficult for any of the two parties to get the majority of the seats in the House of Commons in this particular election if they don't find a way to come together.
Mr. Jack Layton  leader  NDP of Canada.
Mr. Jack Layton, leader, NDP of Canada.
The Conservatives, on the other hand, have steady and dedicated voters that would hardly ever waver in their convictions. A poll I read today says Harper's popularity has gone up after the Tuesday debate.This means he is even getting support from some Liberal and NDP supporters.
Mr. Layton was very critical of the Liberals last night, and Ignatieff threw some jabs at him too. Would these two come together to beat Harper? I doubt it.
Meanwhile Mr. Harper is having a great time. I am sure he would not like Mr. Layton and Mr. Ignatieff to come together in this campaign at all. Because that's the only he will get his majority. Cool.
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