Justin Trudeau skipped the first leadership debate. It’s a sign of how bad things are in Canadian Politics and the protection of our Democracy.
That he didn’t finish last even though he didn’t attend says a lot.
Andrew Scheer did better than this writer expected. His people got him to grin less, and he was smart enough to not go too deep in the mud with his competitors. It was a strange debate in that all appeared to know it was a two horse race with one horse missing on the night.
Jagmeet Singh did better than expected too, but the NDP are going to crash big time this election.
Elisabeth May is a skilled debater, but her party is bonkers and still hasn’t dealt with their Separatist candidate in Quebec. As a former Quebecer the utter hypocrisy of all three leaders regarding Bill 21 while Singh and May went on about First Nations issues was galling. Scheer just ducked the issue saying the courts were dealing with it.
The debate was not the best run and was quite messy. The post debate scrum was more interesting with Scheer earning more brownie points.
Frankly what most Canadians really want in this election is to see Mr. Scheer and Trudeau get it on and duke it out. While Ms May and Mr. Singh might get to be Kingmakers, their actual party positions simply are weak sauce, if even that. While more voters will park their protest votes with the Green’s this election they simply are not tracking to gain many seats.
As a Canadian who still hasn’t committed my own vote it’s a bewildering hot mess.
Ranking for the night?
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