The Maclean’s City TV Leadership Debate limped its way through the evening. It wasn’t long, and it certainly wasn’t deep in scope.
There was some grade school cheese with the sets having a blue background and the hosts wearing blue ties. Nothing like some subliminal suggestion for the really dumb viewers.
Elizabeth May as per her usual swam circles around her opponents which is why Mr. Harper is playing debate jiggy games this election. You can’t blame him as he really is in a no win situation as she has no real power with her one elected seat. He’s not about to go to battle with her. Watching Ms May in action though begged the question as to why she simply doesn’t join the Liberals as she’s clearly leader material. She scored a big point against Mulcair regarding him not answering her clear question on pipelines.
Justin Trudeau actually looked nervous. Many of his answers were delivered in a faster mode than the other leaders. With poll numbers where there are the pressure is clearly on him and showing. In this election his political future is not based on improving seats but in regaining the number two slot or winning. He certainly didn’t appear to capture any hearts and minds with his performance which featured some jabs, but no real punches.
He fumbled the ball regarding Mulcair’s “What’s your number Justin?” response his Quebec separation question.
Thomas Mulcair was the winner. While he started out a bit tenuous, as though he was focusing on handlers suggestions, the forced smile quickly faded as his scissor like responses started to bite.
His “What’s your number Justin?” tort clearly was the biggest shot on a night of few shots.
Stephen Harper, as incumbent clearly was in a no win situation which is why all the debate drama this election has served him well.
He was in a friendly venue with a clearly friendly moderator He handled Trudeau speaking over him well and didn’t drop the ball, even when under attack. He didn’t really defend his position nor really advance it.
To see the debate on the Maclean’s website click HERE.
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