Fragmented electorate gives edge to parties who take more extreme positions

It’s a fractured electorate where the Conservatives benefit from some issues, the NDP benefit from most issues and the Liberals don’t really benefit from any issue.

Smile, it’s show time: Prime Minister Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, pictured Aug. 6 in Toronto at the first televised leaders’ debate. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

By Greg Lyle

PUBLISHED : Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 7:30 PM

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