Fingers-crossed, here's how things might go in the French leaders' debate tonight and the English debate tomorrow night.
The plagiarizer arrives ready to play it cool, determined to close the deal with Canadians as the leader who can steer the economy through rough seas.
Jack Layton, who has made himself the heart and soul of the opposition to Harper, and who is running the best of his three campaigns, nails him on the economy. He's got to make the case that putting the country in the hands of extreme free-enterprisers whose highest loyalty is to Big Oil would be a perilous choice for Canadians. Layton now commands trust and he can use that to his advantage as the one leader who cares about what happens to working people in tough times.
Gilles Duceppe, often overlooked in English Canada, uses Harper's cuts to arts funding, his savage criminal justice proposals and his alliance with the gun lobby to make the case that the Bloc continues to have a role to play in Quebec as the essential defender of Quebecois values and identity. Tonight's his big night.
I have high hopes for Elizabeth May, who can think on her feet and who is much less of a poseur than the other leaders. If anyone can show that Harper is naked on the environment and that he is simply reciting a script--likely written in Achnacarry Castle near Loch Lochy in Scotland where everyone knows the neo-cons have their secret headquarters--it is her.
Stephane Dion could end up charging off in all directions, furiously lashing the NDP for its old fashioned socialism in which monopoly money is the coin of the realm, and then striking out at Harper for his secret right wing agenda. If he is wise, he'll make the strategic decision to limit his attack to Harper, and use his time to make three or four points that people can remember. Don't bet the farm on this.
Thank you for reading this story…
More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.
rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.
So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.
And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.