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How is it possible Conservative brain trust underestimated ‘change’ force in 2015 election?

By Chantal HÉbert      

Harper was seeking to win a fourth consecutive mandate, a feat for which there was no modern precedent at the federal level.

Former prime minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party's Election 2015 campaign manager Jenni Byrne. 'The Liberals won because Canadians had an overwhelming desire for change, the extent to which wasn’t fully appreciated until after the campaign had started,' Ms. Byrne wrote in a recent op-ed. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright

MONTREAL—On a week that marks the passing of Justin Trudeau’s 100th day in power, key Conservative and NDP insiders have been delivering some preliminary conclusions as to the causes of their October defeats. Their findings are strikingly interchangeable—with the popular momentum for change somewhat conveniently fingered as a root cause of electoral failure. In an op-ed piece published on Monday in the Globe and Mail, former Conservative campaign manager Jenni Byrne states: “The Liberals won because Canadians had

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