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Michael Den Tandt: Big issues left on the table as Canada’s major political parties focus on winning votes
December 15, 2014
The Conservative Party of Canada is not in the business of selling ideology, or of leading the country in a particular direction. Like the Liberal party of yesteryear, it is a vehicle created entirely for the purpose of winning elections, with blue paint on the hood rather than red. It offers Canadians, not what we should want, nor what we tell ourselves we want, but what a plurality of us actually do want, and it does so scientifically.
That, in a nutshell, is why the party of Prime Minister Stephen Harper is entering the tail end of 2014 with the wind at its back, and continues to poll competitively, even after a decade in power, with a less than warm-and-fuzzy leader at the helm, and a reputation marred by bun fights, mud-slinging, and a series of colossal screw-ups — Senate appointments and the procurement and veterans’ files come to mind — that would have put a less methodically framed party into single digits.